Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard

  • Born: May 1, 1922
  • Died: December 20, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard, 97 of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019, after receiving wonderful care from Lakeview Senior Living associates, her family and Grace Hospice.

Veda was born May 1, 1922 in Tishomingo, Mississippi the daughter of James Garner and Hattie (Modennie) Kennedy. She grew up and lived in Tishomingo until 1941, when she and her husband moved to Battle Creek. Veda was employed in the plant at the Kellogg Company from 1957 until retiring in 1979 after 22 years.

Veda Ocene Kennedy was united in marriage to William C. Sheppard on November 11, 1938. Veda was preceded in death by her husband, Bill on March 14, 2001. Surviving are two sons, William C. (Patricia Louise) Sheppard, Jr. of Eugene, OR, James Richard (MaryAnne) Sheppard of Norcross, Georgia; three grandsons, Bill, Harlan and Jason Sheppard; one granddaughter, Carly Knoll; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. In addition to her husband, Veda was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Cleo Paden, Cora Hill, and Lorene Clark; and two brothers, Theodore Kennedy and Herman Travis Kennedy.

Veda was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and its Martha Circle. She was active in the Battle Creek Art Society and enjoyed crocheting and oil painting. Veda loved her family.

Friends will be received 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Chad Parmalee 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Committal and interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in memory of Veda may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal


Worked with Veda at the big K K and my wife Velma was a good friend of hers Rest in heaven Dick

Posted by Dick Doubleday - Wyoming, MI   January 09, 2020

Our pleasure to have Mrs Sheppard as a friend. A very talented lady and enjoyable to spend time with.
Lots of happy memories. Mrs Sheppard will not be forgotten.
Prayers to the family at this difficult time.

Posted by Sharon & Merlin Bellinger - Grand Blanc, MI   December 31, 2019

My Mother, Fern I. Poland (age 97), Middleville, was a lifelong friend of Ocene Sheppard. Fern spoke of Ocene very often and really cherished her friendship after all these years. Mother stated that Ocene was always cheerful and a very sweet person. My Mother, Fern, tells me every day that she misses talking with Ocene, but knows she is in Heaven and resting in peace. They will see each other sometime in the future and walk hand in hand, talking and laughing. God Bless Her.

Posted by Beverly McDowell - Fort Worth, TX   December 26, 2019


I will truly miss caring for the sweetest lady I have ever met. She was always the highlight of my day at work. I will forever cherish our close friendship that we developed. Until we meet again, and I promise we will be painting and eating all the sweets we can together ❤

Posted by Adrianna Alton - Battle Creek, MI   December 21, 2019

I enjoyed caring for Veda at Lakeview Assisted Living. She always had a kind word and a beautiful smile. She will be missed by me and so many others!

Posted by Hilary Glispy - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 21, 2019

God has one of the best people that I have ever known , and always a very good friend.She will be truly missed, may the Lord grant peace for all of the family and friends, during this stressful time.

Posted by Robert Benjamin - Lockwood, NY - Friend   December 20, 2019