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Nov. 18, 2003
Aubrey's Stepmother's obituary:
Cleo Perry Swett Greening Shepherd

Cleo Perry Swett Greening Shepherd, 89, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Golden Villa Nursing Home in Atlanta, Texas, after a lengthy illness. Services were Nov. 18, 2003, at Rockett Funeral Home Chapel in Ringgold, La. Officiating was by the Rev. Doug Milliron. She was buried in Springhill Cemetery southwest of Ringgold. She grew up near Ringgold, but spent her adult working life in Shreveport, La. She worked for United Gas Pipeline Co. for 35 years. She was a member of the women's auxiliary of the Shreveport Transit Co., secretary of the women's auxiliary of Mangum Memorial Methodist Church and later a member of the Ringgold First United Methodist Church.

After retiring, she moved from Shreveport to Louisiana Highway 4 southwest of Ringgold, where she and her third husband, Sidney James Shepherd, built a home on his portion of the Shepherd-Hudnall farmland in about 1980. Some months after Mr. Shepherd died March 11, 1993, Mrs. Shepherd moved to McLeod, Texas, to live with her grandson, Lucky Pattillo, and his family.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Swett Pattillo; a grandson, Raymond "Lucky" Pattillo and his wife, Sheryl; three great-grandsons, Christopher and his wife, Freda, Benjamin Pattillo and his wife, Suzanne, and Matthew Pattillo; stepson, Aubrey James Shepherd and one step-granddaughter, Deirdre Susanne Shepherd, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Rudolph and Elizabeth Perry; one nephew, Rudy Perry and his wife, Kathy; one great-niece, Brenna and her husband, John Taylor; grandsons, Charles Swett, Tommy Swett and his wife, Joanna; granddaughter, Coy and her husband, Anthony Paganott; and numerous cousins. Her memory will remain alive in the hearts of the family she leaves behind.

In the 1980s and early 90s, she made several trips to Little Rock, Arkansas, and particularly enjoyed visiting the Cole Duck Club north of Cotton Plant, where Mr. Shepherd and his son often hunted waterfowl. She also enjoyed her pet cat and dog as well as gardening and canning and helping Mr. Shepherd dress deer he took each fall near their home in the 1980s. She enjoyed providing fine home-cooked feasts for her family and friends. Sidney and Cleo enjoyed happy and productive retirement years and supported their church.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas or Louisiana chapters of Ducks Unlimited, The Audubon Society, The Humane Society or to the First United Methodist Church in Ringgold.

Cleo Shepherd 8/29/03
Aubrey visits Cleo August 29, 2003 in the Atlanta, Texas, hospital. She was in good spirits and hopeful of returning home to McLeod soon.

Photo by Lauren D. Hawkins

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