Frances (Fran) May Williams Sheppard passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at her home in Bountiful, Utah.
She was born July 17, 1930, in Rawlins, Wyo., the second of three children, to Francis Earl Williams and Louise Lewis Williams Miers. She grew up in western Wyoming and Driggs, Idaho, and later Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls High School.
While living and working in Idaho Falls as a telephone switchboard operator, she met Rex Sheppard at a local dance on Christmas Eve 1949. They fell in love and married June 9, 1950, and were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in January 1951.
Fran was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings, including serving a full-time mission with Rex in the Seattle area. She also served as a weekly ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She had a beautiful singing voice and shared it as a member of the Chansonettes musical group for many years.
She enjoyed bowling on ladies leagues at Bowl-ero Lanes in Idaho Falls and snowmobiling with Rex and the Ammon Trail Riders. Fran loved Island Park and Redfish Lake and the family spent many summer weeks there — first in tents, then campers and motor homes.
Rex and Fran built a homey cabin on Bill's Island in Island Park and loved to entertain friends and relatives there. Many a card game was played around the big circular game table. Later in life, they enjoyed traveling around the country in their motor home visiting family and friends.
As a lifelong member of the Republican Party, Fran served as president of the Bonneville County Republican Women's Organization and later as a delegate to the Republican convention in Davis County, Utah.
Fran is survived by her sister, Roxie (Bill, deceased) Fager of Idaho Falls; and brother, Frank (June) Williams of Pocatello; four children, Mark (Val) of Oregon City, Ore., Bradley (Carol) of Richmond, Va., Carol (Randy) Montgomery of W. Bountiful, Utah, and Kenneth (Jill) of St. George, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Rex. They were married for 56 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, at the Ammon 15th Ward church building. There will be viewings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Interment will follow the funeral at Ammon Cemetery, where Fran will be laid to rest next to Rex. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.