Linda Joyce Sheppard, 77, of Evergreen, Colorado died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday June 23rd, 2020.
She graduated Lincoln High School, California in 1960 and completed a Master of Arts and a Master of Education at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and then taught Special Education until 1993 in Contra Costa County, California when she and her late husband, Richard Sheppard, moved to Evergreen, Colorado.
Richard and Linda were married in a hot air balloon over Antioch, Ca on July 3rd, 1982. They both had a passion for flying, worldwide travel, and loved each other deeply.
Linda was a devoted mother to one son, Ryan Sheppard. She spent countless evenings happily helping with every subject from preschool to college.
She has been deeply involved, through personal good times and bad, with Bergan Park Church for more than 25 years and did everything she could to support The Evergreen Animal Protective League and US Military Veterans either through volunteering or donations.
Recently, she was reborn through her 2-year-old granddaughter, Kayla. Linda loved nothing more than making meals, dancing, singing, playing horsey, gator rides, and playing with all animals, with her kids, Ryan and Kim, and especially grandbaby. She had countless plans for Kayla involving horse back riding, worldwide cruises, and education.
She went on hikes with friends, cooked meals and drank wine with numerous acquaintances, loved America and her Italian heritage deeply and always took time to constantly educate herself on health, finance, language, and history.
She is survived by her son Ryan Sheppard, his wife Kim Sheppard, and Linda’s Grandbaby Kayla Sheppard.