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Cynthia Anne (Lackey) Sheppard

Cynthia Anne (Lackey) Sheppard, 81, of East Street, Methuen, longtime of Ipswich, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in the Lahey Medical Center, Burlington following her long illness. She was the wife of the late Roland F. Sheppard who died in 2005.

Born in Lexington, VA on May 12, 1931, daughter of the late Cecil H. and Ada H. (Cullen) Lackey, she was raised in Lexington, a graduate of local public schools. Married in 1951 the Sheppards soon made their home on Linebrook Road, Ipswich, where they raised their family and lived until their move to Methuen in 2003. As a young woman she was employed as a secretary in Washington, DC, as a secretary at the former Ipswich Clinic and more recently at the Ipswich Veteranís Office.

A loving mother, Cynthia enjoyed spending time with her family, reading mysteries and history, and treasured animals, especially her dog. She was an enthusiastic fan at her sonís high school baseball and football games.

Mrs. Sheppard was a member of Ipswich V.F.W. #1093 Auxiliary, Friends of the Ipswich Library, NARFE (National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees) and a longtime member of the First Church in Ipswich.

She is survived by a son, Roland F. Sheppard, Jr., a daughter, Cynthia Denise Schwartz and her husband Arthur and a granddaughter, Arianne Schwartz all of Methuen and several nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late William M. Lackey formerly of Alexandria, LA.

Her Funeral service will be held 10 am Monday, July 2, 2012, in the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Friends of the Ipswich Library, Box 157, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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