Gertrude Alice Shepherd was born June 8, 1919 and passed away December 19, 2018. She was born in Claremont, South Dakota to Frank and Roseanna Vickers and had 7 siblings. Husband, Virgil Shepherd preceded her in death. Gertrude is survived by her daughter, LaVonne Wicks and her husband Tom of Roseburg; grandson Trace Wicks & Lee Krause of Bend and granddaughter, Christa Wicks-Morris & husband Joel, also of Bend; great granddaughters, Erin and husband, Garrett, Emilee, Alison, Katie, Elizabeth, Kaitlin, great grandson, Jacob and one great-great granddaughter, Luca Grace Jolly. Gertrude is also survived by sister, Shirley Fetherhuff of Aberdeen, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Ike Shepherd of Cottage Grove and sister-in-law, Margie Adkins of Redding, California and numerous nephews and nieces.
After leaving South Dakota in 1945, they moved to Oregon and settled in the Disston area. After living several years in the Cottage Grove area, they moved to the McKenzie River Valley where they worked at the Leaburg Fish Hatchery and then later managed the Wayfarer Resort on the McKenzie. In later life, Gertie lived at Magnolia Gardens in Cottage Grove and the Magnolia Gardens Memory Care where she passed away. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, poetry, bowling, playing cards with friends and spending time with family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cottage Grove Seniors Center, 700 Gibbs Avenue, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel 123 S. 7thCottage Grove, OR 97424.