Florence K. Sheppard
April 14, 1921 – August 19, 2015
Florence was fitted with her angel wings and flew into the arms of her Lord and Savior on August 19, 2015. Born in Truckee on April 14, 1921, she grew up in Roseville, California. She was the first person in her family to attend college and after graduation from California State University Chico, she was hired to teach in a small rural school in Rocklin, California. World War II was looming and the Navy was recruiting for its first class of WAVEs – US Naval Reserve (Women’s Reserve.) Ensign Kenerelly was assigned to the Admiral of the Pacific Fleet’s office in San Francisco. She was also selected to serve as a recruiter for the WAVEs. It was a high point of her life. After the war, she continued in the Naval Reserves until 1956.Florence was pursuing a graduate degree at University of the Pacific following WWII when she met her husband, Alan. They married in 1948 and stood by each other until Alan’s passing in 2003. They had an adventurous life flying throughout the USA and Mexico in Alan’s Beechcraft Bonanza. Their travels also took them to England for reunions with Alan’s World War II bomber group, to Europe, along with enjoying several cruises with friends and family.Florence finished her Master’s Degree in Education Administration at USC and worked in the education field for thirty years finishing her career as a High School guidance counselor in Livermore, California. Early in their marriage, Florence and Alan fell in love with Lake Tahoe buying their first cabin for one dollar in Tahoma on the West Shore. The only detail was they had to move the tiny cabin to another location. Then they built a second cabin in Tahoe City and finally settled in Incline Village, Nevada. Florence and Alan retired to Incline in 1977. She always thought living at the lake was like being on vacation every day. Florence was a charter member of Incliners, the Crystal Bay Yacht Club, PEO Chapter AC and the Incline Soroptimists. She was also active in the Incline Village Community Hospital Auxiliary, AAUW, Teesters and North Lake Tahoe Women’s Club bridge groups. A longtime member of The Village Church, she served as a Deacon, was an active member of Presbyterian Women, sang in the church choir and served on many committees. Despite being severely allergic to cats, they were still her favorite pet. Florence was fiercely independent – no one was going to tell her she couldn’t have cats in the house! Florence leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and George Schofield of Incline Village, Nevada, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. She will always remain a remarkable example of “The Greatest Generation.” A Celebration of Florence’s life will be held at The Village Church, 736 McCourry Blvd. Incline Village, Nevada on Saturday, September 26th at 2:00 p.m. The family requests memorial donations go to the Deacons’ Food Closet of The Village Church. Additionally, if you knew Florence, we encourage you to enjoy a beautiful day at Lake Tahoe, counting knowing her as one of the blessings in your life.
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