Connie Waunell Shepherd
May 27, 1935 ~ March 3, 2022
Connie was born on May 27, 1935, to Annie and Aubrey Bennett of Waycross, Georgia. She was the oldest of eight. She left us on March 3, 2022, of natural causes.
Connie’s humble upbringing made her strong and resourceful. She helped raise her 7 siblings until she met the love of her life, LaVoy Shepherd, while he was serving his LDS mission in Waycross. After his mission, she traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah where they were married in the LDS temple.
Connie and LaVoy started their great adventure together. LaVoy served in the Air Force, so they got to travel the world while they raised their own family of 6 children. They settled in Clearfield, Utah, and later relocated to Paris, Idaho where LaVoy was born and raised. They spent many happy years together until his death in 1992.
Connie felt as if she would die from a broken heart, but God blessed her with a second love to share her life. She married Floyd Lewis on January 1, 1993. They spent many happy years together in Paris, Idaho until his death in 2016.
Connie’s accomplishments were great. She was the master of anything she decided to do. She was an expert at cake decorating, crocheting, sewing, and was a talented painter. She devoted many years to the scouting program, which all of her children participated in. Connie had a great sense of humor and could charm just about anyone she met. Her house was the place to be when the kids were all teenagers. There were times when up to 20 teens would be crammed into the living room of their 1 level, 3 bedroom home just hanging out or watching TV. Everyone felt welcome there.
Connie was preceded in death by both of her husbands, 4 siblings, and her most precious daughter, Molly.
Connie is survived by 5 remaining children, Roy (Marsha Russell) Clearfield, Marsha (Paul Macfarlane) Florida, Bryan (Korene) Clinton, Mary (Dominic Di Esposti) Syracuse, Jeff (Cindy) Clinton. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren. She also had many grown stepchildren and countless grandchildren and great grandchildren from her second marriage to Floyd.
Connie’s life was filled with love and laughter, and she will be missed greatly.
The family would like to thank the staff of Apple Village in Layton, Utah for the great care that they have given Connie for the last 3 years with a special thanks to the staff of Bristol Hospice who helped make her passing so much easier.
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