Retha Mae Jenkins Sheppard

Mother Retha Mae Jenkins Sheppard, 97, effectionally known as “Momma Retha” passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 surrounded by her loving devoted family and friends; an atmosphere of praise, worship, and prayer transitioned peacefully. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Saint James House of Prayer 2775 Celery Avenue Sanford, Florida. Interment will follow in Restlawn Cemetery. “Momma Retha” was born on Wednesday, September 17, 1919 in Lamont, Florida the daughter of Abraham and Gertrude Jenkins was the oldest child of twelve children. She has resided in Sanford for sixty years. She was united in holy matrimony to Aljia Sheppard on November 30, 1940 and to this union was born ten children. “Momma Retha” was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, auntie, and neighbor. She was a Baptist and faithful member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church serving as a Deaconess and Mother of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memories her sons, Wallace Sheppard, David Sheppard, Deltona, Florida; daughters, Albertha Sheppard, Rosemary Sheppard, Sherlyn Sheppard, Sanford, Florida; brother Norman Jenkins, Germany; sister, Maetta Butts, Sanford, Florida; twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren. Viewing for “Momma Retha” will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Trinity Memorial Chapel, Inc. 819 W 1st Street Sanford, Florida.
Arrangements entrusted to trinity Memorial Chapel, Inc. (407)732-4594.

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