Marjorie (Hoff) SheppardSeptember 12, 1927 ~ February 5, 2017 (age 89)
Marjorie Hoff Sheppard, beloved wife of the late John D. Sheppard, passed peacefully Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 at her son’s home in Cape Charles, VA. She is survived by her three children, John Daniel Sheppard, Jr., of Cape Charles, VA, and his wife, Clelia Cardano Sheppard, Janice Sheppard Forner, of Beaver, PA, and her husband, Charles K. Forner Sr., and Norman Charles “Chip” Sheppard, and his wife, Cheryl Sheppard of Mt. Lebanon, PA; and by eight grandchildren; Renata Marjorie Sheppard, Sheila Janice Sheppard, John D. Sheppard, III, and Clelia Jane Sheppard all of Cape Charles, Virginia; Daniel Charles Johnston and Katherine Jane Johnston of Moon Township, and Cori Sheppard, and Nolan Sheppard of Mt. Lebanon; and one great grandchild, Aven Marie Lovelady, daughter of Sheila Sheppard.
Marge will be fondly remembered and missed very much by her family and friends as a caring, dedicated mom, friend, and grandmother. She grew up in Dormont, a suburb of Pittsburgh during the depression. After attending Mt. Lebanon High School and performing as Head Drum Majorette for the Mt. Lebanon High School Band, she went on to study Spanish and Music at Randolph Macon Womens’ College in Lynchburg, VA. She then worked as a librarian for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She fatefully met a Fiji named John Sheppard at an engagement party for a sorority sister in Virginia and he convinced her to move back to Pittsburgh. They were married at Thanksgiving time in 1951. Her wedding dress was one that she had worn as a model for Saks Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh. She was an always present Mom who constantly provided for others - neighborhood children, parents, older neighbors, friends or grandchildren. Beyond her family, she had a wide circle of valued friendships that lasted over her lifetime, many of whom were friends from her husband's Pitt days and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. She was a terrific hostess, and could throw an elegant party with virtually no notice whatsoever. For many years, she enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their country home near Ligonier, PA, as well as many good times in Mt. Lebanon on Glen Ridge Lane. She diligently cared for others, yet never seemed to take credit for all of her gracious efforts, making it all seem effortless when it was surely not. Marge had a delightful sense of humor and a ready smile for all, yet was quiet and well mannered, with an impeccable sense of style. She was a talented musician and pianist. Our fondest memories are of family gatherings as Mom accompanied her husband and kids singing musical theater and Christmas classics. She was active in the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Junior League and was on the board of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Twentieth Century Club and the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. While her kids were in school, she was a Cub Scout mom, worked with Music for Mt. Lebanon, and chauffeured her children to thousands of piano lessons, play rehearsals, choir practices, Church events and piano competitions. She was a long time member of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church where her children were raised and where she sat alone in the pew, bursting with pride as her entire family sang in the choir. Marge spent the last few years in Cape Charles, VA in the care of her son John, his wife and family. She made many friends there and enjoyed the “sunny south” once again since her college days. She will be missed by all who knew her. There will be no viewing as she was cremated in Virginia.
Memorial service to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4:00 PM at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, located at 3319 West Liberty Avenue, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15216. Memorial donations would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 615, Onley, VA. 23418 or to the Virginia Eye Foundation, located at 241 Corporate Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at foxandjamesfh.com Arrangements by Fox and James Funeral Home, Eastville, VA.