Neva Nabors Wallace, 86, died peacefully on Sept. 6, 2018, at The Glen Village Healthcare facility in Shreveport. A resident of The Glen since 2010, Neva was known for her cheery smile and for remembering names and family facts about staff and residents throughout the facility. She was often seen greeting people as she wheeled herself around wearing crocheted bicycle gloves.
Neva was born in Selma, Ala., on Oct. 1, 1931, the eldest of four children of Evelyn Morgan Nabors and Truman D. Nabors. She graduated from high school in Selma and attended Alabama College for Women in Montevallo, Ala. She was the first woman in her family to attend college. At a college mixer at the Presbyterian Church, she met the man she would marry, Thomas Francis “Frank” Wallace Jr. After their marriage in 1951, they moved to Lafayette, La. Neva worked in the college dining hall while Frank finished his degree, and she then became the first female draftsman at the Lafayette Oil Center. She later attended LSU in New Orleans studying psychology.
She and Frank lived in a number of places in their marriage during his career with Ford Motor Credit, and later in the banking field. In 1980s, the couple returned to Shreveport, where they had lived twice before, and Frank formed Wallace Advertising, operating it until his death in 2006.
Neva loved music, reading, old movies, and spending time with her family. She never met a stranger, and was always interested in finding out about the people around her. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport.
Her survivors include her son, Tom Wallace and wife Sandy of Bossier City, La.; daughter, Margaret Watson and husband Tres of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Casey Shelton and husband Jason of Bossier City, Graham Wallace and wife Erika of Bossier City, and Rachal Beckham and husband Matt of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughters Chloe Shelton and Ray Lynn Wallace of Bossier City; brother Truman Nabors of Abiquiu, N.M.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Her sister Nora Harris and brother Leon Nabors preceded her in death.
The family would like to give special thanks to all her caregivers and the staff of The Glen for their loving care of Neva.
A private memorial for family is planned.