Lucille R. (Lucy) Sheppard, 90, died peacefully surrounded by her family at Cedar Grove Assisted Living on February 20, 2020.
Lucy was born on November 23, 1929, in Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Holly Lee and Eunice Ethel Cunningham Rhodes. She was a graduate of Ripley High School, Class of 1948, boarding and working in town to complete her high school education. Following graduation, she taught school in a one room school near Kenna.
Most of Lucy’s working years were spent cooking and working in restaurants including the Greyhound Bus Station, where she was also a ticket agent, the “Y” Restaurant in Sandyville, the Pilot Wheel in Elizabeth and most recently Ponderosa Steakhouse in Ripley, where she finally retired in November 2016 at the age of 86. Lucy’s love for cooking and hospitality were shared with many who entered her doors over the years. During her children’s growing-up years, Friday nights found her cooking a big pot of soup, making countless sandwiches and cookies and making sure the majorettes, band members and cheerleaders were fed and on their way to the football games.
She is survived by one sister, Edith Hapney of Columbus, OH, her daughters Janet (Willie) Moody of Little River, SC, Jane (Casey) Stinespring and Jill Sheppard (Bill Meredith) of Parkersburg, WV. She is also survived by her grandchildren Nathan (Laura) Utt, Allison (Steve) O’Bryan, Trey Moody (Veronica Tario), Tyler Ludwig, Janelle (Andrew) Bush, Kara (Michael) Rowe and Stacy (Louveture) Jones and great grandchildren Donald and Connor Utt, Isaiah and Issac Bush, Roman O’Bryan, Sophie, Luca and Penelope Armstrong, Caleb, Abigail and Jakoba Rowe, and Aria, Achaia, Asa, and Avan Jones. Also left to cherish her memory are her special sisters-in-law Jeanne Rhodes, Doris Rhodes, Aleen Townsend, and Wanda Sheppard, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends she made over the years.
In addition to her parents Lucy was preceded in death by her loving husband and soul mate Milford C. (Shep) Sheppard, a grandson, Christopher Leavitt, and her sister and brothers, Freda Cooper, Junior Lee Rhodes, and Lawrence Rhodes, nephews Johnny Knopp, Charles Cooper and niece Portia Hapney.
Lucy was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church, but most recently attended Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells.
Lucy was a lifelong member of the Ripley High Alumni Association, where she worked tirelessly raising money to fund the Ripley High Scholarship Fund. Lucy was the recipient of the first Alumni of the Year. In honor of Lucy’s memory and to keep her spirit alive and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to RHS Alumni Scholarship Fund with a note on the check in memory of Lucy Sheppard and mailed to RHS Alumni Association, PO Box 921, Ripley, WV 25271.
Visitation is Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, 7th and Avery Streets, Parkersburg, WV. The 2:00 p.m. funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Steve Gedon with burial in the K of P Cemetery in Elizabeth, WV.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com