Melva-Jean Shepherd, a long time Westford resident, was born on February 19, 1937 and passed away on July 10, 2021 after a brief illness. She was a former Special Education Teacher at North Middlesex High School and held a Masters Degree from Fitchburg State College.
Melva-Jean was born and raised in Medford MA and summered on Nabnassett Lake in Westford MA, This is where she met her husband of 63 years, George 'Sandy' Shepherd. After they were married, they moved to Westford, where they raised a family. Melva-Jean was a devout Christian who served many positions at her church, The United Methodist Church of Westford. She loved Bible Study, to read, to work and play on her computer, visit with friends and she loved a good cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee or a scoop of Kimball Farms Ice Cream. She will be missed by the many friends she made on her travels through life. Melva-Jean loved to travel and some of her favorite destinations were Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada and Alaska.
She is survived by her Husband, George 'Sandy' Shepherd, her three children, Doug and his wife Barbara, Kristin and her husband Paul and Todd and his wife Donna. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren, Erin, Bryan, Joe, Tom, Stefanie, Rebecca, Alexa and Elizabeth and 2 great grandchildren Casey and Santiago. She is predeceased by her parents Melvin and Eleanor Wilson and her sister Nancy Wyman. Melva-Jean also leaves a long list of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements - Family and friends are invited to celebrate Melva-Jean's life at the Westford Healy Funeral Home, 57 North Main St., Westford on Wednesday, July 14 from 4 until 7 PM. Her Funeral Service will take place on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM United Methodist Church of Westford. Interment to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers the family would like to donations made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association at https://www.alz.org/donate