Nola Mae Shoemaker (Karn) was born in Lamar, CO, in January of 1931 to J. Lewis and Wilma J. Karn, who raised her and her three older siblings on the Rocking 7K Ranch.
Nola and her husband, Jack Shoemaker, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the jungles of Bolivia among the Ese'ejja people from 1959-1985. They contributed to the people's welfare in the areas of medical, literacy, Bible translation, and economy. Upon returning to Colorado, they joined with the Ute Nation in translating important portions of the Word of God into their language as well. Nola's final years were spent in Tucson, Arizona, until November 26th, 2023, when her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called her to Heaven. Her heart of understanding and compassion and practical care for all, and her wise counsel and prayers for them will always be remembered and treasured by the many whose lives she touched.
Father: J. Lewis Karn; Mother: Wilma J. Karn (Harding); sister Dora Jean Caudill; brother Kermit Keith Karn.
Nola is survived by her husband Jack Shoemaker; her four sons: Wesley (Julie A), Calvin (Lisa), Jack (Melissa) and Charles (Julie H); one sister Kathryn Grahn; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers Contributions may be made out to: Wycliffe Bible Translators, INC, sent to: PO Box 8641, Tucson, AZ 85738 Please put a note stating it is for the Nola Shoemaker Memorial Fund This fund will go towards the purchase of a Printer/Copier to be used for literacy and Bible translation work being accomplished by Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Services for Nola will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Hood Mortuary Chapel in Durango, with burial to follow at Greenmount Cemetery.