Deborah Ann Shilo
Deborah Ann Shilo, 60, former resident of Orange, passed away on Sunday, May 22 in Houston.
The Celebration of Life for Deborah will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. Rev. Ronnie A.E. Crockett Sr., pastor, will officiate. The Rev. Langston Gilliam, pastor of the First Central Garden Missionary Baptist Church of Houston will deliver the Celebration Message.
Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.
A native of Lafayette, La., she was raised in Orange and was a 1969 graduate of Lutcher Stark High School.
Moving to Houston, she furthered her education by obtaining a degree in IBM Keypunch, an Associate’s of Arts Degree, a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and a Certification in Nurse’s Aide Registry.
An active member of the First Central Garden Missionary Baptist Church, she was a member of the choir, served on the Usher Board, and was the Black African Art Exhibitor.
She was also active with the Shape Community Center, the Black Heritage Society, the Katrina Homeless Project, and Habitat for Humanity, and was a City of Houston Election volunteer.
Employed by the Select Specialty Heights Hospital for many years, she was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Elders Institute of Wisdom, the Houston Change Committee, and the Old Landmark Baptist District Association.
She is survived by her daughter, India “Precious” Shilo; companion, Preston Robinson; mother, Rena Mae Shankle; father, Mitchell Shilo; four sisters, Kathleen “Tena” Moore, Sandra “Gail” Ballard, Donna Shilo, and Barbara Shankle; three brothers, Warren Shilo, and Keith Shankle, all of Houston, and Michael Shilo of Opelousas, La.