Edith “Edye” Anne Shepard passed away quietly in her sleep on January 7, 2019. She was 84 years old.
Born on February 11th, 1934 (along with her twin brother Edward) in Massillon, Ohio to Raymond and Helen Shepard. She moved with her family of 2 sisters and 4 brothers to Phoenix, Arizona in 1943.
She attended St. Matthews Grammar School and St. Mary’s Girls Catholic High School. She also attended Arizona State Teachers College in Tempe Arizona (now Arizona State University).
Edye taught special education for high school students and later worked as a Title Officer for First American Title from where she retired.
She enjoyed playing bridge, sports and was passionate about genealogy and planning family reunions, a testament of her love to her entire extended family. She volunteered with many organizations over the years.
Her family & friends will remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Helen Shepard, siblings; Raymond, Marie, Mary Lou, Joseph and Robert. She is survived by her twin brother Edward “Eddie” Shepard, her daughter Helene Gagliardi, her three sons; Michael Gagliardi Jr. and his wife Debbie, Phillip Gagliardi & his wife Natalie, Vince Gagliardi & his wife Tara, grandchildren: Gia, Marissa, Jordain, and Nicholas, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix AZ 85008.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix, AZ.