Elizabeth Wilkie Shepard

Published 3:30 pm Thursday, November 18, 2010

Elizabeth Wilkie Shepard, 76, of Hilton Head Island, SC, died&bsp; November 15, 2010.

Libbe was born on August 3, 1934, in Cool Springs Township, NC, to the late Boyce Conley and Ola Amelia (Wilkins) Wilkie. She graduated from Cool Springs&bsp; High School, class of 1952, and from Greensboro College, class of 1956.

Libbe married Arthur James Shepard Jr. in 1960. After living and teaching school in Raleigh and Morganton, Libbe and Jim moved their family to the Detroit metropolitan area where Jim worked for Ford Motor Company. Libbe taught school in Michigan once her boys were grown, and again at Ruth School after returning to live in Tryon, NC. Prior to retiring and moving to Hilton Head Island, Libbe and Jim also lived for several years in Hiroshima, Japan, and in Stratford- upon-Avon, England.

Libbe was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (societies in Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina) as well as the Children of the&bsp; American Revolution, in which she served as senior president of the William Hilton Society. She was also a member of the Magna Carta Dames. At First&bsp; Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, Libbe belonged to the Sarah Circle&bsp; and volunteered often at the Bargain Box. Libbe enjoyed her readings with the&bsp; Between the Sheets Book Club, and belonged to bridge clubs everywhere she lived throughout her entire life. Above all, Libbe was a devoted mother and&bsp; grandmother and an adoring wife.

She is survived by her husband; her children, Arthur James (Nicole) Shepard III, of Summerville, SC, Brian Conley (Irma) Shepard of Ypsilanti, MI, and Ladd Wilkie (Donna) Shepard of Washington, DC; her grandchildren Austin and Sarah Shepard of Summerville, and Sophia and Michael Shepard of Ypsilanti; and her sister Amelia Wilkie of Forest City, NC.

The family will receive visitors Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Padgett-King Mortuary in Forest City. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Baptist&bsp; Church in Forest City. Burial will be at Cool Springs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Memory Matters (117 William Hilton Parkway, P.O. Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925) or Hospice Care of the Lowcountry (119 Palmetto Way, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910).