Friday, January 01, 2010

Shepard Family Update, January 1, 2010

Last year's words
belong to last year's language,
and next year's words
await another voice.
- T.S. Elliot

Hello Shepard Family and Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! May 2010 be filled with health and happiness and may you find great joy in the family ties that bind us all together.

The birthday of Pauline (Shepard) Russell was this past Monday, Dec 28. Of the 45 descendants of Will and Bura Shepard that have been born since they were married in 1915, Pauline was the very first, born in 1916 in Beaver County, Oklahoma. She died 9 years ago in the San Diego area, where she and husband Bill Russell lived for most of their lives and raised their family. Pauline's descendants today are her son Rex and his son Eric Russell of Nevada, and her granddaughter Shannon Wilk, and Shannon's daughter Emma of Kansas.

The first picture I am including today shows Pauline and her mother Bura (Davis) Shepard in San Diego. It was taken in the mid 1940s, just a few years after the family moved from Two Buttes, Colorado to Southern California. Pauline's corsage and the lovely outfits on these two suggest this may have been a Mother's day picture.

"Auntie Pauline", as many of us knew her, was the first of the 31 grandchildren of James Brooks and Callie (Spear) Davis, who were married on New Year's Day 114 years ago. See a picture of them in 1896 on their wedding day.  See a picture of them in 1922 with their first 5 grandchildren, including Pauline.

Becky Davis Hospitalized. One of the younger grandchildren of James and Callie Davis is Becky Davis of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her brother Bud Davis emailed me recently to say that Becky had a fall and spent the week of Christmas in the hospital in Bartlesville with a broken leg that required surgery. The good news is that she should be home by now. Prayers are appreciated as she continues to recover.

Happy Birthday to my wife Cindy Shepard this coming Thursday, January 7. Cindy and I Iive in San Diego and celebrated 41 years of marriage just last Sunday.

Happy Birthday TODAY to Chenda (Sou) Shepard. This is a bitter sweet time for her. Not only has she just enjoyed her first Christmas, she also received word from her homeland Cambodia last week that her father is seriously ill in Phnom Penh. Chenda and husband Nathan Shepard live in San Francisco. The second picture I am including shows Cindy with daughter-in-law Chenda. It was taken Christmas day in San Diego where we celebrated the holiday with Cindy's family.

Today begins the third year that I have been writing this family blog. When I began on the last Friday of 2007, I would never have imagined that there would be so much to say about our family each week. The history of our family is so interesting, with people to keep up with, and new information being uncovered all the time, that there seems to be a never ending list of things to share. I look forward to continuing this family blog for the foreseeable future and solicit your input. I welcome your old or new family photos, or interesting news and information about our family. 

Blessings to all of you for a wonderful and prosperous 2010!
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