Ipswich — Ellen W. (Willis) Sheppard, 95, of Summer, Ipswich, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, in her home following her long illness. She was the wife of the late Lionel H. Sheppard, who died in 1999.
Born in Croydon, England, on October 3, 1917, she was the only child of the late John and Ellen May (Brown) Willis. As an infant with her parents, she immigrated, settling in Ipswich where she was raised and attended public school. She was a graduate of Essex Agricultural and Technical School, and went on to study at Boston University. Married in 1940, the Sheppards made their home on Labor-in-Vain Rd., Ipswich, before making their home on Summer Street in 1970. In addition to raising her family, she was employed in the food service department at the former Cable Hospital of Ipswich, food service department for the Ipswich Public School System, and for 14 years, as the food service director for the Hamilton-Wenham School System, retiring in 1973. Mrs. Sheppard was a Past Grand Noble of Rebekh Lodge formerly of Ipswich, served as a leader with the Ipswich Girl Scouts, was the chairperson for the Essex County Mass. Food Service Association, and for many years, she served as the secretary for the Essex Agricultural & Technical School Alumni Society, and was a longtime member of the Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich.
In addition to family, her employment and the volunteered positions, she enjoyed home flower gardening, and with her late husband, square dancing and traveling the States and in England.
Mrs. Sheppard is survived by a son, Lionel J. Sheppard and his wife, Claire, of Ipswich; a daughter, Linda Sheppard and her husband, Denis Sevigney, of Seabrook; four grandchildren, Cindy Sheppard of Richmond, Va., Christine Sheppard of Ipswich, Richard Trimmer of East Kingston, N.H., Lionel Trimmer of Amesbury; and six great grandchildren. She was the grandmother of the late Paula Sue Wing, formerly of Exeter, N.H.