Joyce M. Shepard
Joyce M. Shepard, 90, passed away peacefully at the VNA Respite House, in Colchester, VT, on September 18, 2018, following a brief illness. Her loving family was at her side.
She was born on February 7, 1928, in North Hero, VT, daughter of Fred and Anna (Lapointe) Beshaw. Joyce was one of twelve children.
Joyce Married the love of her life, Lyle Shepard, on March 1, 1947. Together they raised three sons. The happiest moments in her life were spent with her family.
She will remembered by her extended family, friends and community as a very caring, loving, selfless and devoted woman.
Joyce is survived by sons Allen and wife Mary of Winooski, Stanley of Starksboro, and Jeffrey and fianceâ€™ Tracy of Bristol. Her sisters Hazel of CT, Theresa of Vermont, and sister-in-law, Louise Shepard of Williston, VT, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, fifteen great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Lyle, daughter-in-law Earline, grandson Andrew and granddaughter Wendy.
Her family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Pillsbury Manor South, where she lived for the past two and one-half years and Dr. Zail Berry, and staff at the VNA Respite House for her wonderful care.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Hinesburg, VT. Burial will follow in Green Mount Cemetery in Starksboro.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VT Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or McClure Miller VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446. To send online condolences to her family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com