Monday, August 23, 2010

A 24th And A 27th; Aug 23

Everybody needs their memories. 
They keep the wolf of insignificance 
from the door.
~Saul Bellow

Hello Shepard Family and Friends,

Russ and Pam
Greetings to all of you from sunny San Diego where warm summer weather finally arrived this past week. This has been one of the mildest summers this city has seen in many years.

Happy Anniversary today to Russ and Pam Shepard who are celebrating 24 years of marriage. Russ is Eugene and Maida Shepard's youngest son. Russ and Pam (Engan) were married back in the summer of 1986 in a garden wedding at the Shepard home in Anacortes, Washington. They now have 2 children, Steven and Linda.

Russ, Linda, Steve, and Pam Shepard
The first picture (above) was taken of this young couple in 1987 when they were visiting the Puyallup Fair near Tacoma, still a major event in Western Washington.

Fast forward 22 years to the second picture which shows Russ and Pam with their kids Linda and Steven, in a more recent picture, taken just last fall in front of that same Shepard home in Anacortes. Also in this same picture is Russ' brother Darrell Shepard, aka Shepdawg (partially hidden), on the right. 

Jeremy, Scott and Amanda Ortiz, 1992, San Diego
Happy Birthday Amanda! Happy 27th Birthday this coming Wednes- day, Aug 25, to Amanda Ortiz, who lives in Gallup, New Mexico. Amanda is yet another of the Ggrandchildren of Will and Bura Shepard, and is the daughter of Kim Clark, who, with her husband Jeff, lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

The third picture is an old one and shows Amanda with her brothers Jeremy and Scott. This was taken at the Shepard Family Reunion in San Diego back in 1992. On the right is their father Gabe Ortiz.

A Grave Concern in Oklahoma. I received word just a few days ago from cousin Dane Shepard that his wife Cindy's father, Ross Saunders, was injured in a fall this past week and is not expected to live. Some of us met him last summer when we attended the Family Reunion in Oklahoma. Our prayers and best wishes are with Cindy and her entire family in this very difficult time.
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