Reba Shepard

Reba Shepard

Reba Shepard, 85, of Roaring Branch, (McNett Township), went to her heavenly home, Saturday morning, July 15, 2017, from the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

Reba Elnora Smith was born Dec. 23, 1931, in Canton, one of five children of the late Lemuel M. and Myrtle M. (Bastian) Smith. She was a graduate of Canton High School and on Sept. 6, 1953, she married Robert G. Shepard at the Grover Church of Christ. Her beloved Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2000, following 46 years of marriage.

Reba was a farmer at heart. She raised veal calves at the family’s farm for over 20 years retiring in the early 1990’s. Her main interests were the love of her Lord, home, family and she especially was devoted to all her grandchildren. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover where she and husband, Robert, will be remembered for singing in the church’s choir. More recently she attended the Grace Community Church in Columbia Cross Roads. Reba was also a member of Canton’s Music Club and enjoyed her morning coffee, gardening, attending to her flower beds, jigsaw puzzles and playing scrabble.

Reba is survived by eight children, Kevin Shepard, adopted son, Jordon (and Christina) Shepard, all of Roaring Branch, Lamar Shepard, Karen Shepard, Melissa (and Wayne) Cochran, all of Montoursville, Pamela (and Allen) Owen, of Canton, Julie (and Michael) Mott, of Spring City, Marsha (and John) Pepper, of Granville Summit; 24 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Larry (and Harriett) Smith, of Canton; several nieces, nephews, cousins; a very special friend and neighbor, Bill Hickok, of Roaring Branch; and many dear friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three siblings, Leatrice Hill, George Smith and Lucille Terry.

The Rev. David Baxter and her grandson, Pastor Dylan Pepper, will officiate the funeral service in celebration of Reba’s life at noon Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton.

The family invites friends to call 10 a.m. to noon Saturday prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery.

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