Sheila Katherine Boatman, 50, of Morrisville died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, in her home after a short illness.
She was a teacher at Kickapoo High School, teaching those with various disabilities and life skills.
She was a member of the Doberman Pincher Club of America, Dexter Cattle Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Missouri Fox Trot Horse Association, Therapy Dogs Inc. and the Brighton Saddle Club. She was a breeder of Doberman Pinchers and her puppies were sold to people all over America as pets, but some also became show dogs. Just recently she donated two puppies to Guide Dog Program.
She rode Quarter horses most of her life, and recently purchased her first Fox Trotter, Danny Boy. She won several blue ribbons riding him. Over the past few years, she had shown several dogs to A.K.C. Companion Dog titles, two were International champions, and most recently she was nominated for the Award for Canine Excellence in recognition of dogs in the service of mankind. Her companion dog, Rudy, was known by so many people for his work with her students.
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Louis W. and Katie Brock; and two brothers, Max Mims and Dale Mims.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Boatman of the home; their son, Brock Boatman of Washington, D.C.; and her sister, Leah Mims Pachl of Willard.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, 800 AB Highway, Willard, with the Rev. Lorraine Dill officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Goss Cemetery at Phelps. Services are under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Friends may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com.