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Ruth C. Shephard

June 7, 1922 — October 19, 2023

    Ruth C. Shephard, age 101 formerly of Crystal, ND passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, ND.

     Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2:30 at Bethel Baptist Church in Park River, ND.  Visitation begins at 1:00pm prior to the service. 

     Interment will be at Crystal Memorial Cemetery in Crystal, ND. Everyone is welcome to the Crystal Firehall Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m. for a visitation with a meal provided.

     Ruth Caroline Miller was born June 7, 1922 near Cashel, ND to Ray and Frieda (Steinbronn) Miller. She attended country school in the Cashel area and graduated from Grafton High School in 1940. Ruth then attended the Deaconess Nursing in Grafton graduating in 1943. From 1944 to 1945 during World War II, she served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corp in England and France.

     On March 21, 1948, she married Robert “Bob” Shephard. After their marriage they lived and farmed near Crystal, ND for 60 years. They were members of the Bethel Baptist Church in Park River. She also lived at the Cavalier Country Estates, Borg Memorial Home, Mountain, ND, Mapleview in Grand Forks, ND, and currently at the Lutheran Sunset Home.

     She is survived by her children: Lyle (Karen) Shephard, Crystal, ND, Carol Grabow, Dallas, TX, Paul (Melaine) Shephard, Boise, ID, grandchildren: Jared (Nicole) Grabow, Robby (Karen) Grabow, Trevor (Laurel) Shephard, Kali (Danny) Luecke, Colby Shephard, Thomas (Samantha) Shephard, Zach (Nicole) Shephard, great-grandchildren: Rachel, Heidi, and David Grabow, Everett and Aletta Shephard, Kamila and Eliza Luecke, Fia and Luke Grabow, Selah and Shiloh Shephard. Also surviving are her sister, Miriam Newton and sister-in-law, Lorraine Miller.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Bob, son-in-law, Bob Grabow, siblings: Dorothy (Vance) Olson, Wally (Bonnie) Miller, Bob Miller, Arnold (Lila) Miller, Stanley (Edith) Miller, Kenneth Miller, brother-in-law, Harry Newton, brothers and sisters-in-law: Harold and Lucille Shephard, Fred and Eileen Otto.


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