Reba E. (Smith) Shepard

Born: Wed., Dec. 23, 1931
Died: Sat., Jul. 15, 2017


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jul. 22, 2017
Location: Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Inc.

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Jul. 22, 2017
Location: Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Inc.

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Reba Shepard, 85, of Roaring Branch, (McNett Twp., PA), went to her heavenly home, Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 from the Sayre’s Robert Packer Hospital.

Reba Elnora Smith was born December 23, 1931 in Canton, one of five children of the late Lemuel M. and Myrtle M. (Bastian) Smith. She was a graduate of Canton High School and on September 6, 1953 she married Robert G. Shepard at the Grover Church of Christ. Her beloved Robert preceded her in death on February 6, 2000 following 46 years of marriage.

Reba was a farmer at heart.  She raised veal calves at the family's farm for over 20 years retiring in the early 1990’s.  Her main interests were the love of her Lord, home, family and she especially was devoted to all her grandchildren. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover where she and husband, Robert will be remembered for singing in the church’s choir.  More recently she attended the Grace Community Church in Columbia Cross Rds. Reba was also a member of Canton’s Music Club and enjoyed her morning coffee, gardening, attending to her flower beds, jigsaw puzzles and playing scrabble.

Reba is survived by; eight children,  Kevin Shepard, adopted son, Jordon (and Christina) Shepard all of Roaring Branch, Lamar Shepard, Karen Shepard, Melissa (and Wayne) Cochran all of Montoursville, Pamela (and Allen) Owen of Canton, Julie (and Michael) Mott of Spring City, PA, Marsha (and John) Pepper of Granville Summit, 24 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, a great great grandson, a brother, Larry (and Harriett) Smith of Canton, several nieces, nephews, cousins, a very special friend and neighbor, Bill Hickok of Roaring Branch and many dear friends.

Besides her parent’s and husband, she was predeceased by, three siblings, Leatrice Hill, George Smith and Lucille Terry.    

Rev. David Baxter and her grandson, Pastor Dylan Pepper will officiate the funeral service in celebration of Reba’s life at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton.
The family invites friends to call 10 a.m. to noon Saturday prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery.
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Daryl Vermilya
   Posted Sat July 15, 2017
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Reba was such a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Stephen's grandma Dina Petracci
   Posted Sun July 16, 2017
Ariane, so deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet grandma Reba. Thinking of you with Love hugs, hugs and prayers ❤️🙏🏽

Kathryn Knowlden Hollick
   Posted Sun July 16, 2017
Karen and family, Sincere sympathy to you on your mother's passing. I remember her from when you lived in Marsh Hill. My prayer is that you find comfort and peace as go through this time of sorrow. Kathy

Mike and Cathy Arrowood
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Dear Shepard Family,
It is so painful to let go of someone that you love as dearly as you have Reba. She lived a good long life and touched so many lives over the years. What a legacy of love she has left you. As you cherish your precious memories of her please reflect on the words of Jesus at John 5:28,29. In this passage we are assured of the resurrection. At that wonderful time our tears of grief will be transformed into tears of joy. This promise was made possible by our loving Heavenly Father Jehovah through the sacrifice of his dear son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). May this sure hope bring you a measure of comfort at this difficult time.

Marcie & Pete Shinn
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
We are saddened to hear of Reba's passing. She was always such a dear and kind lady. There was always a smile on her face and a cute twinkle in her eye when she joked. What a wonderful mother and grandmother and great grandmother she was and what a beautiful legacy she has left in the compassionate and caring family she created. Her sweet and loving ways will be carried on by her loving family. We will miss our visits and chats with her but we are so very thankful that we had her in our lives and were able to know such a beautiful person. Thank you God for giving us Reba and now we are happy she is with you and still smiling.

Judy Miller
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Seeing Reba's sweet smile this morning brought her back to mind. We shared days together at Valley View last year. Our conversations and her positivity made some rough days better. I hope your very best memories sustain you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Judy Miller

Timothy Terry
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
Anut Reba Family We are so sorry for your loss Aunt Reba was a special person' are in our prayers & thoughts love Tim,Shirley,Angela & Rebecca

Timothy Terry
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017

A Sweet Mixed Basket Bouquet was sent by Timothy Terry .

Aunt Reba's family, We are so sorry about your loss She was a good person & a special aunt to us. You are in our prayers & thought Love Tim,Shirley Angela & Rebecca Terry

Barbara Cyprus
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
Dear Karen & Shepard Family,

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek as you walk through this time of loss. A good soul has been accepted to heaven. Blessings! Barb Cyprus

Eric and Rita Michael
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
Our hearts and prayers are with you as you grieve during this time. Aunt Reba was a dear woman who meant so much to us; we mourn with you and will miss her dearly. We remember her faithful visits to mom and their games of scrabble that they both loved. Job's words bring comfort in knowing that "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Eric and Rita Michael

Johnny Pate
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
My prayers for God's peace and His hand to be on all of the friends, family, and loved ones of this dear lady.

Marlene K. Wilber
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
Pam & family,
I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am. I know how close you were to your Mom. She was a very lovely lady and I truly feel such sorrow for you and all your family. Just keep the faith and remember all the good times.

With love and hugs,

Johnny Pate
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017

Lavender and Purple Basket Arrangement was sent by Johnny Pate .

May God's peace be with the loved one's of this precious lady. Sincerely, Johnny Pate

Kathy Frederick Nuttall
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
Karen,Pam, Julie and families,
My prayers are for your family as you go through this time of grief. May your family and friends be there to support you. And may Jesus be there for you when all else seems not enough. I remember some fun times at Marsh Hill, and seeing you Julie when you moved down my way later. Kathy N.

Jackson Family
   Posted Sat July 22, 2017
We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
Isaiah 25:8

Lena Kipp Carichner
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
We would like to send our condolences to your family.
We have fond memories of the times we visited your famil16y on the
farm. Reba always had a smile on her face.
Larry, Lamar Kipp, Loretta Kipp Abate, Lena Kipp Carichner

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