We Remember

SHEPHERD, Mary Louise (née Ronson)

August 8, 1929 — August 22, 2020

Kelowna, BC

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and true friend to many. ♥  At 91 Mary lived her life to the absolute fullest, spending time with her loving family, playing bridge with her many friends, attending plays, musicals, and theatre, and donating her time by serving tea on Sundays. She had a quiet loving demeanor and was the glue that held our family together. She was a true inspiration, and her strength, wisdom, and courage will live on through all of her loving family.

She is survived by her daughter, Bev Reiswig (Chris); son Don Shepherd; grandchildren Walter (Marina), Jeanine (Dave), Debbie (Greg), Tina (Sean), Shannon (Darren), and Shelley (Chad); great-grandchildren Stephanie, Ryan, Enrique, Nolan, Morgan, Averi, and George. She is also missed by her sister Irene and several nieces and nephews. Sadly, she was predeceased by, Ted Shepherd, her husband; her son Shep Shepherd; sisters Mildred and Laura; granddaughter Stacey; and her daughter-in-law Bev.

Born on August 8, 1929, to Roger and Gladys Ronson in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, she was the youngest of four beautiful daughters. Mary spent many years working and living in Okanagan Center.  She loved spending time on her farm, working in the vineyards, and managing many acres of land.  She especially enjoyed traveling, camping, puzzles, and fishing with her family.  In her later years of retirement, she moved to the Good Samaritan Mountainview Village where she remained for 18 years and met many wonderful friends.

Special thanks to all the doctors and nurses at the Kelowna General Hospital (4 East) that have cared for her over the last 3 months. Your support truly meant the world to us.

In accordance with Mary’s wishes, there will be no formal service.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local SPCA, spca.bc.ca.

We love and miss you so much. You are in our hearts forever!

Your hugs were like no other and will be greatly missed


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  • Nancy McKinnon-Richard says:

    Aunt Bev & Uncle Chris and Uncle Don and all my extended family. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your Mom. Truly wish we could be there to express our condolences in person. Remembering both She and your Father at my parent’s place in New Brunswick in 1992 and the laughter we shared, will remain with us. Sending much love ! ~ Your niece, Nancy, (Norman & Alex)

  • Gilbert & Jeanette McKinnon says:

    Bev, Don & Family Members ~ We were saddened to learn of Mary’s passing & wish to express sincere condolences. The few times we met Mary we recall her friendly nature & smile, with a welcome that made us feel like she knew us forever. Her presence will certainly be missed. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you all as you deal with the loss of one so dear. Love, Gilbert & Jeanette…xo

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