September 16, 1866 - August 22, 1955
|Mrs. Nancy C. Sheppard, widow of the late Rev. Benjamin H. Sheppard, was born Sept. 16, 1866 at Vernon, La., and died Aug. 22, 1955 at Jena, La.
Like her husband, Mrs. Sheppard was reared an orphan, her parents and a younger sister having died when she was a very young child.
She married her late husband on Oct. 29, 1882, and very early afterwards Bro. Sheppard entered the ministry. To this union ten children were born, eight of whom survive. An elder son, Rev. C. F. Sheppard, preceded his mother in death on Jan. 14, 1946. The following children now survive: Mrs. Janette Townsend, Mrs. C. E. Abrahamson and H. A. Shephard all of Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. E. E. Bishop, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. W. H. Bishop, Oakdale, La.; Mrs. A. N. Kramer, Oceanside, Calif.; and Mrs. T. A. Bradford and Miss Bennie Sheppard of Jena, La.
She was well known and loved throughout the state, having served with her husband the following appointments: Spring Creek, Babs Bridge, Ringgold, Lanesville, Hico, Lisbon, Downsvile, Haynesville, Sibley, Boyce, Rayville, Many, Carson, Oakdale, Lecompte, Merryville, Trout and Jena, where she lived until her death.
Mother Sheppard was truly the Shepherdess of the flock—always watching after the needs of the people and her family while her husband was away on a preaching mission.
Making a Christian home was her chief accomplishment. With what executive skill and thrift she guided the affairs of the household when it was often necessary to subsist on very little.
She was a wonderful neighbor. How beautifully she sensed just what would be appropriate and how tactfully she anticipated the desires of those about her.
She was a helpmate—in the most beautiful efficient and satisfying sense she met all the demands of that high office.
She, with her good husband, blazed new trails, going horseback many miles in all kinds of weather. Her son confided to me that once his mother took him in her lap and swam on horseback a swollen stream to get to their outlying appointment.
Like many of old she broke the costliest box of ointment of her life in the service of her master. Her loyalty to her husband Is well expressed in the words of Ruth to Naomi, “Where thou goest, I will go, where thou lodgest I will lodge, Thy people shall be my people, Thy God shall be my God.”
She lived to be almost ninety years of age. Most of those years
she Invested her life in beautiful service to her Lord. The life she lived is Christianity’s greatest evidence. Such Methodists as these “die well.”
She was buried in Nolley Memorial Cemetery beside her husband.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 165, 1956 by Otis W. Spinks.|