Wilma Lou (Jull)
Shepherd was born on February 13, 1933 in Scottsbluff,
Nebraska to Hugh Ebenezer Jull and Helen Daisy (Whitaker) Jull.
After moving around as a child, her family would finally
settle in Mill City, Oregon in 1950 when her father was called
to serve as minister of the Mill City Christian Church. She
would go on to graduate from Mill City High School in 1951
followed by a year of study at Northwest Christian College in
A few years after
graduating from high school on August 28, 1954 Wilma would
marry William “Bill” Floyd Shepherd Jr. of Mill City who
she met through their church youth group.
While her husband
worked in the lumber industry, Wilma would spend her time
volunteering for the many organizations she was involved with
and raising their three children; Leroy, Jerry and Bonnie.
She was a women of
deep faith in Jesus Christ expressed through her commitment to
her church family and service to the community. At the Mill
City Christian Church, she served as the treasurer for many
years, played the piano, led worship, sang in the choir,
taught Sunday School, led Vacation Bible School, served as a
deaconess and prepared bulletins for weekly services. If there
was anything needed doing at the church, she likely did it.
She was a gracious hostess, opening her home (think Sunday
dinner) for visiting pastors and missionaries. Recently she
enjoyed participating in conferences held at Wi-Ne-Ma
As a member of the
Woman’s Club she served as president and treasurer. She
often traveled to conferences throughout the state and, this
year, to St. Louis, to attend the national meeting. She also
served as treasurer and volunteered to man the welcome desk
with the North Santiam Historical Society. Finally she
volunteered at Mill City Library shelving books and assisting
patrons with finding books and checking out, as well as,
serving senior meals at Mill City Presbyterian Church.
On February 18, 2019
Wilma went home to be with the Lord in Stayton, Oregon. She
was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years
William; parents, Helen and Hugh; brothers William and Ralph;
and her grandson Mark.
She is survived by
her children, Leroy, Jerry and Bonnie; Grandchildren Matthew
(Renee) Shepherd, Michael (Dayann) Shepherd, Jesse Shepherd,
Amanda (Jonathan) Becker, and Nathan Bahls.
A Memorial Service
will be held at Mill City Christian Church on Saturday March
16 at 10:00 AM followed by a graveside service at Fairview
Cemetery in Gates, Oregon. There will be a time for reception
and fellowship following the graveside service.
contributions can be made to Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp (5195
Winema Rd. Cloverdale, OR 97112) or Mill City Christian Church
Building Fund (PO Box 78, Mill City, OR 97360). Please leave
condolences at Weddle-Funeral.com