Dorothy Rosetta Shepard

October 23, 1938July 12, 2021

Born October 23, 1938 in Portageville Missouri to Maggie and Sherman Warren. Dorothy R. Shepard passed away Monday, July 12, 2021 at the age of 82.

She is survived by her son, Brian Shepard of East Lansing; daughter, Lori (Shepard) Reynolds of Saranac; grandchildren, Adam (Alyse) Tarrant, Genna Reynolds and Ericka Reynolds; Sister Edith Ross of Amhurst, Ohio; Brothers Joe Warren of LeRoy, Michigan, Roy (Sue) Warren, Troy Warren of Wakeman, Ohio and Dale (Brenda) Warren of Berlin Heights, Ohio as well as numerous Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years Martin G. Shepard, Sister and Brother-in-law Willia (Herbert) Bivins, Sister Genevieve Warren, Sister and Brother-in-law Margaret (Edward) Anderson, Sister Frankie Jean Reed, brother-in-law Virble Ross and sister-in-law Helen Warren.

Dorothy was an active volunteer in the Bath Schools while her children were attending. She was a member of the Bath Beautification Committee. She, together with Esther Cooley and Ruth Nessman, prepared meals for many years for the volunteers at Tom King Recycling Event.

Dorothy was always active and she could often be seen working in her yard or around the house on various projects. It was not uncommon to find her using a chain saw and cutting up trees, helping split wood or taking an axe to clear out the brush in her woods.

A visitation will take place on Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 205 E. Washington St. DeWitt, MI 48820 from 4 pm – 6 pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 19th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Thomas VanDyke officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Rose Cemetery, Bath, MI.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 or Salvation Army, 525 N Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Shepard family.


  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Salvation Army


  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 18, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, July 19, 2021


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Matthew Miles

July 18, 2021

Dorothy is one special person. I had the privilege of knowing her for a decade. She shared with me much wisdom and advice, and for that I am grateful. I know that she missed Martin dearly and is now reunited in Heaven. Brian and family our prayers are with you at this time. I will miss her southern drawl and smile. She was a blessing to all who met her.

God bless,
Matt Miles

Scott/Paul Petto/Thornton

July 18, 2021

Brian Lori and family
Our earliest memory of Dorothy and Martin was one day while planting flowers on the south side of our unfinished house and they stopped by with a big box full of iris bulbs for us from their garden. She was a great friend and neighbor for 40 years. She will be dearly missed.

Mary R. Huff

July 17, 2021


I was sorry to hear of your loss, Matt told me. Now you have an Angel looking over you like my Jim looks over me as a white butterfly.

Thank you for always being so kind to Jim and I when we would visit the Jacobson East Lansing store. You were a joy to work with:-)

Lisa Lambert-Bivins

July 15, 2021

I was so honored to always hear from Dorothy on facebook and loved her kind heart. She made sure to always follow where my sons were stationed and continued sending letters are care packages to them in the military. God Bless her. In peace now she can re-unite with her loved ones in Gods care.

Linda Liddle

July 14, 2021

We are so sorry that Dorothy had so many hard times. She missed Martin so much even though Brian did so much for and with her. We were always happy to be cousins. Linda Liddle and family—Lynn, Janice, Brian, Craig.