Monday, March 19, 2012

Kaylan and Gary, March 19, 2012

I count myself in nothing else so happy,
As in a soul remembering my good friends.
~William Shakespeare

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you from Tucson, Arizona. Cindy and I are on the road, and find ourselves today here in Tucson visiting friends. This is a great place to be as the calendar turns from winter to spring, which it will do on Wednesday of this week.

Today is the birthday of Kaylan Ruth Shepard of New Castle, Oklahoma. Kaylan is the daughter of Dane and Cindy Shepard and the brother of Nathan Shepard. She was the last one in our entire Shepard family to be born in the 20th century, having arrived on the cusp of spring, 1999. She is also the youngest of the 21 Ggrandchildren of Will and Bura Davis Shepard.

Today she is celebrating that most magical of birthdays - her 13th. This elicits our best wishes (some might say condolences?) to Dane and Cindy who are now the parents of two teenagers.

Dane emailed me to say: Kaylan is turning thirteen this year. She enjoys home school but looks forward to playing the clarinet in band and participating in bowling tournaments. She loves to sing and is usually involved in talent shows at the camps she attends. Kaylan is fun to have around as she seems to always find something humorous to laugh about.

Our prayers continue to be with Kylan and her family on the death just two weeks ago of her grandfather Elmer Shepard. Elmer is missed by all of us who knew him and with whom we shared life experiences as family during the nearly 94 years of his life. But none will miss him as much as his closest family, especially his children and grandchildren.

More from Dane: Thanks for all your work in remembering Dad. The funeral [March 10] was truly a special occasion and a memorable celebration of his life. He was interred next to Beryl in the Holleman Cemetery which included a military ceremony. Those family members in attendance beside the four of us were Joan, Havilah, Jeff and Kim along with Ashlyn, and Victor Swinney, mom's youngest brother. 

This coming Friday, March 23, is not only the first Friday of spring, it is also the birthday of my brother Gary Shepard (see second picture). Gary and his wife Cindy live in Oak Harbor, Washington.

For the last couple of months now Gary's Cindy has been recovering from a badly broken shoulder, so Gary has been busy helping her in various ways. The last report I had is that she is doing much better and is even back to work part time.

In spite of it all we wish Gary and Cindy the best. And to Gary a very happy birthday.
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