Rema J. Shepherd, age 75, Dunkirk, died Wednesday July 14, 2021 at home following an illness. Born Nov. 19, 1945 in Lee County Virginia, she lived the past several years in Dunkirk. Rema was a homemaker and attended Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle in Dunkirk. She, along with her husband and others, sang in a traveling gospel group known as The Singing Shepherds for 20 years. She enjoyed ceramics, collecting salt & pepper shakers, growing house plants, and spending time with family.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, James E. Shepherd; sons: Mike Shepherd (wife: Cindy), Redkey, and Brian Shepherd (wife: Nicci), DeSoto; brothers: Eugene Cooper (wife: Darlene), Atlanta, IN, Gary Cooper (wife: Sherry), Indianapolis, and Jerry Cooper, Houston, TX; sister: Dianna Helton, Oxford, MI; grandchildren: Ashley Taylor, Portland, Casey Croyle (husband: Tim), Spangdahlem, Germany, Autumn Shepherd, Dunkirk, Elias Shepherd (with Anika Thoopthong), Tampa Bay, FL, and Garrett Shepherd (with LeAnna Vore), Dunkirk; honorary grandson: Jayden Watson, Dunkirk; great-grandchildren: Blaze Shepherd, Kynleigh Folkerth, Layne Croyle, Khloe Croyle, Garriksyn Shepherd, Odin Croyle, and Waylon Shepherd; special friends: Kelly & Dan Watson, and several nieces & nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie & Dollie (Fields) Cooper; brothers: Bobby Cooper and Carlie Cooper, and sister: Vera Wynn.
Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Meacham Funeral Service. Cremation will follow.
Visiting hours are Tuesday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
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