Mary A. Shepherd, 85, of Parkersburg, passed away May 18, 2013, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Parkersburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Robert Leonard and Luella Clare Norris McFadden.
Mary graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1945, and had worked for C&P Telephone. She was a founding member of the Brooks Bird Club and a member of Mountwood Bird Club. She traveled extensively around the world with her birding friends. She had served as a Girl Scout leader through DeSales Heights Academy for seven years. Mary was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.
Mary is survived by her children, Teresa A. Sinnett of Wyoming, John A. Shepherd and Charlene L. of Washington, W.Va., Christina M. Dukas and Thomas W. of Parkersburg, Jane C. Lindeman of Magnolia, Ohio, and Sara E. Stradley and Thomas C. of Olney, Md.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Daniel McFadden of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Betty Rea of Williamstown, W.Va., and Patricia Bergstrom of Seville, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Norma McFadden Morse of Columbus, Ohio, and Ruth McFadden of Morgantown, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, John C. Shepherd in 1996; and brothers, John McFadden and Charles McFadden.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, with Monsignor Joseph Peterson officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with a Christian Wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Matthew 25 Food Cupboard, 2508 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com