Barbara Sheppard


Barbara Sheppard, 80, of Dickinson, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 18, 2021 at UTMB in Webster, Texas.

Barbara was born in Catlettsburg, Kentucky on September 30, 1940 and moved with her family to Texas City, Texas at a young age. She attended Texas City schools graduating from Texas City High School in 1958. She then attended and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Galveston in 1961 and became a Registered Nurse. She worked in various doctors’ offices snd hospitals in Galveston County during her time as a nurse. Barbara left her nursing career to help her husband, Jim “Shep” Sheppard, operate Shep’s Automotive in La Marque for several decades. She kept the business open for ten years after his death and finally closed the business retiring at the age of 78. Barbara was a hard-working woman with a sharp mind. Although her body wore out, her mind never did. Barbara enjoyed many trips with Shep in their motor home traveling from coast to coast before he passed away. She enjoyed living on the water for several years in Omega Bay, trips to the barndominium in Marble Falls, going to the casinos, reading a good book at night, playing cards and dominoes, fishing in the boat with Shep, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved having the family together for holidays and birthdays. She had lots of adventures in her lifetime and loved to have a good time. Barbara would often say she lived a blessed life and was fortunate for all she had experienced.

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years Jim “Shep” Sheppard and parents Evelyn and L.V. “Tuffy” Spencer.

She is survived by her daughter Stacey Gonzalez and her husband Philip Gonzalez; her son Scott Sheppard; her grandchildren Blake Zaragoza and his wife Haley, Clay Sheppard, Hailey Sheppard, and Lara Gonzalez; great grandchildren Linkin, Cruz, and Sofia; her brother Terry Spencer; and her nephew Terry Spencer II.

There will be a graveside service in the mausoleum at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas on Saturday, September 25, at 10:30 am.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 11:25-26

Go rest high on that mountain Mom/Nana. We love you.


  1. So sorry to hear this. Fond memories of her and the entire family.

    Lisa Kirby Berne
  2. Rest in peace. You will be missed by family and friends. You are blessed and fought the good fight. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful friend in your daughter Stacy.

    Billie Thomasson
  3. Stacey and Philip now she is complete in her new body praising Jesus! Hugging and holding you up in prayer! You are her best legacy! Love you!

    Nancie Lewis
  4. We are regretfully saddened to say we did not have the pleasure to meet her. Our hearts are saddened for your loss Stacey and Philip. May God swaddle you with HIS comfort as your deal with the grief of the loss of your sweet Mother that was a true best friend. Our deepest condolences to all family and friends.

    Tim & Sharlene Shefcik
  5. Stacey, that is a beautiful tribute to your mom. She will be deeply missed. She lived life to the fullest, laughed much and loved deeply. She and I got to know each other well these past 10 years and I’m so very grateful for that. God bless yall. I cannot be there Saturday but, please know yall are all in my thoughts & prayers.

    Robin Saunders
  6. Scott and Stacey, I have so many memories of your mom from my childhood. Cousin Barbara will be missed. She and all the family are in my prayers.

    Ronny Brewer
  7. Barbara and I were Graduated from Texas City High School in 1958. We attended St Mary’s School of Nursing in Galveston for 3 yrs and took our State Boards for Registered Nurses in 1962 in Austin together.
    She was a smart young woman who was bound for success and I was proud to call her my friend.
    Gloria Dickey

    Gloria Dickey

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