W. (Willis) Sheppard, 95, of Summer, Ipswich, died Saturday,
July 20, 2013 in her home following her long illness. She was
the wife of the late Lionel H. Sheppard who died in 1999.
in Croydon, England October 3, 1917, only child of the late
John and Ellen May (Brown) Willis, as an infant with her
parents immigrated settling in Ipswich where she was raised
and attended public school. She was a graduate of Essex
Agricultural and Technical School and went on to study at Boston
University. Married in 1940 the Sheppards made their home on
Labor-in-Vain Rd., Ipswich before making their home on Summer
Street in 1970. In addition to raising her family she was
employed in the food service dept. at the former Cable Hospital
of Ipswich, food service dept. for the Ipswich public school
system and for fourteen years as the food service director for
the Hamilton- Wenham School system retiring in 1973. Mrs.
Sheppard was a Past Grand Noble of Rebekh Lodge formerly of
Ipswich, served as a leader with the Ipswich Girl Scouts, was
the chairperson for the Essex County Mass. Food Service Assoc.,
for many years she served as the secretary for the Essex. Ag. &
Tech, School Alumni Society and was a longtime member of the
Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich.
addition to family, her employment and the volunteered positions
she enjoyed home flower gardening and with her late husband
square dancing and traveling the States and in England.
Sheppard is survived by a son, Lionel J. Sheppard and his wife
Claire of Ipswich; a daughter, Linda Sheppard and her husband
Denis Sevigney of Seabrook; four grandchildren, Cindy Sheppard
of Richmond, VA, Christine Sheppard of Ipswich, Richard Trimmer
of E. Kingston, NH, Lionel Trimmer of Amesbury and six great
grandchildren. She was the grandmother of the late Paula Sue
Wing formerly of Exeter, NH.
funeral service will be held 11 AM, Tuesday, July 30 in the
Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed
by interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the
direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made
to Hospice of the North Shore Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St.,
Suit B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 and or the Ipswich Humane Group,
P.O. Box, 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.