Norma J. Shepherd, of Willcox, Ariz., died at home on Feb. 25, 2011, at the age of 80. Norma was born in Dean, Iowa, on Dec. 14, 1930, and was the youngest child of Carl and Blanch (Davison) Crowâ€™s nine children.
She was a loving homemaker, and very active in her church in Roswell, where she lived for more than 37 years prior to moving to Willcox. Norma is a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Willcox. On March 17, 1950, in Bloomfield, Iowa, she married William â€œBillâ€ Shepherd, who survives her. Also surviving are her sons: Ronald (Debby) of Canada and Bill (Laura) of Ft. Worth, Texas; and her daughters: Dianna Benedict and Donna (James) Reid both of Roswell, and Joy Jackson of Phoenix.
The oldest sibling Margie Watkins of Phoenix, five grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren and a host of special caregivers also survive her. Preceding her in death was her son, Mike, her two grandsons: David and Patrick Shepherd, and seven brothers and sisters. Memorial services were held on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Willcox. Contributions may be made to either the First Southern Baptist Church c/o Womenâ€™s Mission Unit or Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, AZ, 85644.