Artie Mae Ennis Shepherd

August 3, 1926April 20, 2021

Artie M. Shepherd, 97, of Oklahoma City passed peacefully from this life on April 20, 2021. Services have been entrusted to the care of Memorial Park Funeral Home and a celebration of her life is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th at 2pm at Arlington Memory Gardens located at 3400 N Midwest Blvd, Oklahoma City. Public visitation will be held on Wednesday morning April 28th from 9am-12pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home at 13313 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

Artie Mae Ennis was born on August 3, 1923 in Coalgate, OK to Ben and Nellie (Hoffman) Ennis. She grew up and attended school in Coalgate. On June 2, 1941 she married the love of her life, Henry Shepherd and together they raised a daughter, Anita E. Shepherd. In the late 1960’s the family relocated to Midwest City and a few years later Artie accepted a position as a Vanda Beauty Counselor. Henry passed away in 1973, but Artie was able to provide for herself and remain independent for decades. Artie retired from Vanda in the early 2000’s after nearly 35 year career.

Artie was a wonderful woman with a kind demeanor. She was always very social and she made friends easily. Artie’s faith was important to her and she was a long-time member of Mimosa Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City. She enjoyed tending to her garden and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Artie Mae Shepherd was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Nellie Ennis; husband Henry Shepherd; daughter Anita Kretzschmar; and a brother Richard Ennis. She is survived by her grandson Brian Kretzschmar; great grandson Xavier Kretzschmar; and two siblings: Virgin Ennis and Zelpha Miller; as well as numerous other beloved family members and friends.

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at


  • Russell Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gary Pogue, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brian Kretzschmar, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Xavier Kretzschmar, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021


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Janet Walker

April 27, 2021

I'm afraid I didn't get to know or be around Artie growing up. My father, her uncle Ernest Hofmann, always spoke very highly of her. I know if he did that he really liked a person! I did get to meet Artie at my mother's funeral several years ago. She seemed like a very nice person & one you can be proud to have as a family member. Remember to hold on to those special moments & times you had with Artie. My thoughts & prayers are with you now. Sincerely, Janet(Hofmann) Walker

Phyllis Fry

April 26, 2021

Brian and Xavier,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother was a precious lady! We enjoyed taking her out to lunch and hearing stories about Xavier as a little boy. She loved you both very much.
Please know that you both are in our prayers.
Phyllis Fry & Family