1920 - March 16, 2008
Stella May Baker Shepard was born June 8, 1920. She died March 16, 2008.
Stella was born 14 miles northwest of Akron in a two room sod house to Loyal A. Baker and Zula M. Worley Baker. She was the first of six children.
Her family moved to Rock Springs, Wyo., in 1922 and to a homestead on Cold Springs Mountain in extreme northwest Colorado in 1923. She grew up in Rock Springs and on Cold Spring Mountain.
On Jan. 3, 1939, she eloped with Donald E. Shepard of Rock Springs. Don and Stella lived in many different places in the "three-corners" area. World War II interrupted their family life with Don going into the Navy, leaving Stella in Craig with four preschoolers.
He returned after the war and they eventually added four more children, settling in Clifton.
Since 1952, Stella lived with her family at 3244 D Road.
In Stella's words: "We were so richly blessed. We didn't have any material things but our home was filled with love. We were so proud of our family and had so many wonderful times together. I wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world. Our house is filled to overflowing but we loved it."
Don and Stella spent 38 wonderful years together. Don preceded her in death on April 15, 1977. Stella and her daughter, Virginia continued to live at the same address until Virginia's passing in January 2008.
Stella worked for several of the greenhouses in Grand Valley throughout the years, until she was in her 80s. Employers not only got the benefit of her green thumb, but she trained many younger workers, shared lots of baked goods and was "Grandma" to many. Her smile and love will be missed by so many friends, including members of Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sons Gary, of Craig; Marvin, of Fruita; Dennis, of Clovis, Calif.; and Dean, of Clifton; three daughters, Gloria Collins, of San Diego, and Linda Gillespie and Sonya Kearl, both of Grand Junction; one sister, Elizabeh Davis, of Salt Lake City; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were March 20 at Trinity Baptist Church.