Elender Ilene Mann Shepherd


WAPELLA — Our dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed on August 2, 2022, at 12:52 p.m. at home surrounded by family at age 87.

Ilene was born in Bloomington. the daughter of Leo and Elender Bair Myers.

She graduated from Bloomington School of Practical Nursing in 1981 and continued her nursing career until age 79 with most of her career spent working at Westminster Village, Bloomington.

She loved her job as well as her residents and truly cared about their care and well being. She was known for her hard work and sense of humor.

She married Walter (Skip) Mann, in 1958. He died in 2013. She later married Norman Shepherd in 2020.

Surviving are her husband Norman Shepherd, of Wapella, and six children; Coni (Steve) Howard, Bloomington; Dennis (Karen) Geiselman, Wapella;  Terry (Sandy) Hodgson, Clinton; Debbie Mont-Mann, Clinton; Cathy Mann Marshall, Wapella; and Tracy Mann, Bethany, Ill.

She had 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Also Michele Burton, Clinton, whom she loved as a daughter, and Nellie Panter, Wapella, whom she loved as the sister she never had.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, five brothers and a great-grandson.

After retirement, she enjoyed her winters in Florida playing cards, BINGO and spending time with the many friends she had made there.

She also enjoyed caring for her four dogs and one cat. She loved all animals especially horses.

Cremation rites are in order according to her wishes with a graveside service for family. A celebration of life may be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Ruby’s Rescue and Retreat 4035 County Rd 600N, McLean, IL 61754.

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