Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 18, 2014
Ruth Emily England Shepherd

Obit Ruth Emily England Shepherd ARuth Emily England Shepherd was born June 22, 1926 in Tooele, Utah. She was the sixth child in a family of seven children, whose parents were Albert Bunn and Vera Lougy England. The family ancestors in England joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, migrating to the Salt Lake Valley in America, where they were directed by Brigham Young to settle in the Tooele Valley. Ruth married Clayne J. Shepherd (now passed) on Aug. 14, 1947. Ruth’s parents, sisters (Lillian, Dorothy, Mary), and brothers (Rulon “Bus” and Grant) have preceded her in death. Surviving family members include: Ruth’s brother, Dan (wife Florrie), her children-Shari Shepherd, Craig Shepherd, and Debra Fornek (husband Fred Fornek); her grandchildren, Trevor Shepherd, Krysta Seals (husband Tyler Seals), Jonathan and Julia Fornek; and several nieces and nephews. Ruth went to Tooele High School and graduated in 1944 with honors.  She went to the University of Utah and Henagar’s School of Business, where she received recognition for typing 92 words a minute. She worked as a stenographer for a number of companies. When Ruth and Clayne were first married, they ran the M & H Drive Inn in Tooele, UT for 1 1/2 years.  Clayne worked for 3M National Advertising Co., which involved them moving to many different states-Montana, Colorado, Utah, California, Texas, and Illinois.  They retired in Yucca Valley, Calif., in 1982 and returned back to Tooele in 2003. Ruth has always been active in the church. She has played the piano and the organ and led many choirs. She has had many musical callings throughout her life. Obit Ruth Emily England Shepherd BShe helped put on many Christmas Primary and Easter Sacrament programs, and she wrote words and music for several “road shows” and musical programs. Music and parties were Ruth’s passion. She lit up when her family and friends gathered around the piano to sing songs with her. Her personality and enthusiasm brought out the best in others. She loved family reunions and throwing parties in her home. She enjoyed making meals look festive as well as being delicious. Ruth had many creative talents, but she will be remembered most for her unconditional love and kindness. She has had a profound influence on everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She has comforted, encouraged, and blessed our lives forever. We will always keep her in our hearts. Services will be held March 22, 2014 at the Tooele 3rd Ward, 141 West Utah Ave. at 1 p.m., with a viewing at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service.

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