Melissa Rae Shepherd passed away Feb. 8, 2013, after a 21⁄2-year courageous battle with brain cancer.
Born June 11, 1982, in Lexington, Ky., she was a daughter of John and Nancy Rigney Shepherd. Melissa was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Sullivan University. She was a member of Southland Christian Church and worked in Cancer Research at Central Baptist Hospital.
Our sweet Melissa will always be remembered for her love of life and family, her faithfulness, strength, humor and kind heart. She was predeceased by her grandfather, George Shepherd, and her cousins, Daniel Rigney and Gina Shepherd.
In addition to her parents, Melissa is survived by her beloved sisters, Jennifer Shepherd “Boo” Cook and her husband, Chris, and Sarah Shepherd Cprek and her husband, Nick; her niece, Darcy Cook, and nephew, Henry Cprek, all of Lexington; her grandparents, Constance Shepherd, and Otis and Dessie Rigney, all of Danville; her aunts and uncles, Danny and Janna Rigney, and Joyce Rigney, all of Danville, Carole and Cheryl Shepherd of Palmdale, Calif., Jessie and Donna Shepherd, and Tom and Jan Ross, all of Lexington; her cousins, Mason Belcher, Natalia Gonzalez, Emily Rigney Wright, Elizabeth Ross Brooks, Mark Ross, Megan Shepherd, Anna Shepherd, Rosie Shepherd Goldberg, Craig Shepherd, Ariel Shepherd Dowery and William Shepherd.
She also is survived by her beloved best friends, Mandy Daniel, Lauren Combs, Becky Smith, Monica Stan, Andrea Doyle, Natalie Clark and George Boone.
The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Southland Christian Church Chapel, Building A, Harrodsburg Road, Nicholasville. Chris Hahn and Greg Chandler will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Chris Cook, Nick Cprek, Mason Belcher and George Boone.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Southland Christian Church Chapel, Building A.
The family would like to thank sincerely Dr. Eldridge and the Central Baptist care team, as well as Dr. McNeal and the team at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., for their wonderful care, comfort and support.
Memorial donations may be made in Melissa’s memory to Central Baptist Hospital Cancer Research Program, 1740 Nicholasville Road, 40503, Attn: Micheal Stephens.
An online guestbook is available at www.stithfuneralhome.net.