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Obituary: Alma E. (Shepherd) Shepherd, Franklin

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Alma E. (Shepherd) Shepherd

Alma E. (Shepherd) Shepherd, 74, went peacefully into glory on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at her residence after her courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Born June 24, 1938, in Russell County, Ky., to Nolon and Velma (Adkins) Shepherd, she married William Arnett Shepherd on Dec. 30, 1961, in Jeffersonville.

Alma worked in the Indian Creek Middle/High School cafeteria for 22 years, retiring in 1996. She will be fondly remembered as the lunch lady who would buy your lunch if you forgot your money. She attended school in Russell County, Ky., and proudly completed her GED in the mid-1970s. A member of Beech Grove Baptist Church in Trafalgar, Alma was born-again in accordance with John 3:3 at the age of 46. She overcame shyness to become very active in Christian service, working humbly behind the scenes with children’s ministries in various church fellowships.

Alma was also a member of the Hensley Township Extension Homemakers and served as president. She enjoyed watching birds visit her collection of feeders and bargain shopping at Goodwill, especially with Nell and Sandy. Some of her favorite times were spent hosting fish-fries at their river camp in Hanover.

She also faithfully attended the Shepherd Reunion in Kentucky for more than 30 years, including her final trip this past September.

She was a loving and devoted wife to Bill Shepherd of Franklin for nearly 51 years; he survives.

She is also survived by her son, Doug Shepherd (Lesa) of Franklin, along with his children, Wade Shepherd (fiancée Miranda Rizzo) of Columbus, and Hope Shepherd of Franklin; and her daughter, Debra Shepherd Baker (Randy) of Franklin, and her children, Taylor Baker (Leah) and Miranda Baker, both of Franklin; a brother, Buford Shepherd (Rosetta) of Franklin; a sister, Nell Hudson of Russell Springs, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Faye Doss, Janice George, Jean Long, and Joyce White.

Rev. Ron Sodrel will conduct a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Thursday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the service at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278, or to the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Cancer Research Fund, at Purdue Center for Cancer Research, 400 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.

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