Bertha Lou Shepard

July 24, 1927June 5, 2019

Bertha Shepard went home to be with the Lord on June 5, 2019 after 91 beautiful years full of faith, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents David and Eula Ulmer, husbands; Marvin Hughes and Norman Shepard and son Larry, brothers; Alvin, Ray, Yuel, and Macon and sisters; Stella and Jean. She is survived by her sister, Carol; her sons and their wives; Jack and Marti, Robert and Denise, and her youngest son, David. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Cliff, Dana, Justin, Melissa, Jacquelyn, Michael, and Katie and seven great-grandchildren; Norman’s daughters, Debbie and Melanie and preceded in death by his son, Michael. She is also survived by their seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bertha was born on July 24, 1927 in Stamford, Texas and grew up on the farm as a part of the very special Ulmer family. She took the Ulmer spirit of serving and sacrificial love to start her own family in 1944, marrying Marvin Hughes and having her four sons. Settling in Florida after a life as a military wife, she enjoyed a life of cooking, gardening, and fishing. After the passing of Marvin, in 1989 she was blessed to meet and marry Norman Shepard in 1990. They enjoyed many road travels to Texas and the Poconos. After Norman’s passing, she continued her yearly travels to Texas for the annual Ulmer Family Reunion as a highlight of her life. After Norman passed in 2003, she was blessed again by her son David coming to live with her in Florida and taking care of her for her final 16 years. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but all who knew her are treasuring wonderful memories of her love and life.

The Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Aycock Funeral Home 6026 N. US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946 with a Viewing at 10:00am and Service at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of her victory over cancer.


  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, June 10, 2019


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Carol Newton

June 9, 2019

Bertha was a very sweet and special person. We will miss her very much.

Our love and prayers are with you.

Her sister Carol Newton & family.