Thursday, February 26, 2009

Virginia "Willodean" Shepherd, 76, of Purdy, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.

She was born Jan. 1, 1933, in McDowell, the daughter of Jeff and Ethel (Keeling) Swaffar. She was an associate at Walmart in Cassville.

She married James H. Shepherd on July 19, 1955, in Purdy, and he preceded her in death July 30, 2003.

Survivors include: two sons, Eddie Shepherd and his wife, Mary, of Aurora, and Lee Shepherd and his wife, christina, of Purdy; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, J.d. Swaffar, of Grandview, Lavere Swaffar, of Cassville, and Richard Swaffar, of Farmington, Ark.; and one sister, Edna Myers, of Purdy. She was preceded in death by one brother, Loy Gene Swaffar.

Services were held Thursday at Buchanan Chapel in Monett. Burial was at Monett IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home of Monett.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.