Maxine Irene Shepherd

January 24, 1935 ‒ February 15, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Maxine Irene Shepherd, 85, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020, in her home following an extended illness.

She was born January 24, 1935 in Butler, the daughter of Donel and Bertha (Gleisinger) Long and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1953.

On October 23, 1954 she married Diamond Shepherd who preceded her in death in 2009.

Maxine worked for Dominion and Stevens Electric, and later retired from Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield in 1998.

An active member of First Church of the Nazarene, she served on the church board, stewardship committee, sang in the choir and helped with church dinners.  She was adamant that her family know Christ as their Savior, and often took her grandchildren to church.

She enjoyed gardening, baking cookies and enjoyed holiday craft shows and bazars with Elsie.  She also enjoyed reading.  Maxine was a talented seamstress and enjoyed quilting.  She made countless clothing items for her children and made many quilted items for family and friends.

Maxine had a quiet bashful nature, but also had an ornery sense of humor.  She was always accepting and loving to her family.  She was the foundation of her family and leaves a legacy of always putting family first.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Loraine and Dale Litt of Mansfield; grandchildren Donald Shepherd, Dale Litt, Jr. and Chris, Julie McKinney, Theodore Litt, Ryan Litt, and Brandon Litt; great grandchildren Myles Shepherd, Chase McKinney, Taylor McKinney, Alisha Litt, Brayson Litt and Ellie Daniel Litt; and one great great grandson Myles Shepherd, Jr. “M.J.”  Also surviving are her brothers Donald and Richard Long and a sister Peggy Long.

In addition to her parents and husband, Maxine was preceded in death by a son Timothy Shepherd in 2015, two sisters Donna and Elsie Long and a great grandson Gabriel Hamilton Litt.

Friends may call Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Friday at  11 am.  Pastor Mark Dettmer will officiate and interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park at a later date.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • Dale and family
    So so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful grand person she must have been. I personally believe she is walking those streets of gold with Jesus, all those who have gone before her. Prayers that God Grant’s you comfort and healing during this very difficult time! Hugs to all, love Aunt Joni

  • Dale and family
    So so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful grand person she must have been. I personally believe she is walking those streets of gold with Jesus, and all those who have gone before her. Prayers that God Grant’s you comfort and healing during this very difficult time! Hugs to all, love Aunt Joni

  • So sorry for your loss. I sure enjoyed the cookies they made. She was always so soft spoken when I talked with her. Prayers for the family

  • Lori I’m so very sorry for your lost I always liked Maxine I sure when we were growing up see got tired of see me as much as she did but she never said a word praying for your family. Give me a call if you need to talk

  • It was my honor and sacred privilege to hear Maxine call me “Pastor Mark” for 15 years at First Church of the Nazarene. She was one of the shining stars in the church. Long after I left, she still saw me as her pastor. She was my parishioner, baker, seamstress for some of my craziest ideas and my biggest supporter. Maxine was in many ways my second mother. The hours we spent talking about life, the Lord, family, the highs and the lows cannot be calculated. I told her “I am jealous you get to see Jesus first”. “Maxine, love you and thank you for being one of God’s children who make ministry the joy every pastor dreams it will be.” Tell my dad hello if you see him.