In Memoriam : Ardus Shepard

Ardus Shepard Ardus Rosalee Shepard - age: 99
(July 06, 1919 to May 01, 2019 )
Resident of Thompsonville, Illinois

Visitation Information:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

1:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Liberty Cemetery
Thompsonville, Illinois 62890

Ardus Rosalee Shepard, age 99, of Thompsonville, passed away at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 n South Carolina.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery, east of Thompsonville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to the funeral hour on Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. Shepard was born on July 6, 1919 in Corinth, Illinois, the daughter of John Isaacs and Ethel (Welborn) Isaacs. She was married to Ernest E. Shepard, and he preceded her in death on July 21, 1984.

She worked as an L.P.N. at the Franklin Hospital in Benton where she retired in 1993 at the age of 74.

Mrs. Shepard was a member of the Liberty Methodist Church of Thompsonville. After it closed, she became a member of the Antioch Methodist Church of West Frankfort. Ardus was also a member of the Eastern Star.

She was a foster parent and she loved and was loved as a mother to all.

Mrs. Shepard is survived by a daughter Lynn Metzler of York, SC; two sons: Michael Burke Shepard and wife Jacklyn of Christopher, William F. Shepard and wife Tammy of Benton; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; a brother George Isaacs of Phoenix, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter Rhonda Steed; two brothers: James and Johnny Isaacs; and a sister Naomi Craine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Cemetery of Thompsonville and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Julia Isaacs Schroeder - May 4, 2019Contact this person Contact this person
To the Family of Ardus---I called Ardus after getting interested in doing genealogy and she helped me with my Isaacs genealogy. She introduced me to her sisters, cousins and nieces & nephews who all provided me numerous pieces of information. I got to meet her brother George at her home a few years ago. Ardus was a sweet sweet lady!!

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