Jeannette Davis Sheppard

Jeannette Elizabeth Davis Sheppard (Pardy)

Friday, April 16th, 1926 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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Jeannette Davis Sheppard, age 93 of Saranac Lake, NY died Monday July 22, 2019 at her residence.

Jeannette was born on April 16, 1926 in Morrisonville, NY the daughter of John and Vida (Adcock) Pardy. She was the eldest of 6 children. Jeannette married William Davis on September 26, 1945 in New York City while she attended Champlain Valley School of Nursing in Plattsburgh NY. William predeceased Jeannette on January 21, 1989. Together they had two children Carol and Patricia. Jeannette later married Robert Sheppard, he predeceased her on April 28, 2013.

Jeannette was a beloved caregiver, mother and grandmother. She was employed as a Registered Nurse for over 40 years at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake (later called Adirondack Medical Center). During most of her career she held a Supervisory position starting out in Maternity transferring to Medical where she stayed for the remainder of her career. She entered Champlain Valley School of Nursing in Plattsburgh, NY in 1943. There she studied and worked very hard for three years to earn her RN. In 1946 she was employed by St. Mary’s hospital in Troy NY while her husband, who had just completed his service in the Army Air Corp, was studying Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Their first child Patricia was born while they were in Troy.

In 1947 Jeannette and her family moved to Saranac Lake where she began working at Saranac Lake General Hospital. During her years working at the hospital she also volunteered for Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association (formerly the TB Society). Their second daughter Carol was born in Saranac Lake. Jeannette retired in March of 1988. After retirement she volunteered at the Visitor’s Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths NY and High Peaks Hospice. She enjoyed knitting, quilt making, hiking and swimming.

Jeannette is survived by her daughters Carol (John) Niederbuhl of Bloomingdale, Patty (Gerry) Gillmett of Lake Clear and a sister Mary Ziegel of California as well as 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Jeannette was predeceased by her mother and father, her first husband William and second husband Robert, two brothers John and Donald Pardy and two sisters Barbara Campagna and Sharon Altiere.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. At Jeannette’s request, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will take place on Saturday September 28, 2019 at 11:30am in Mountain View Cemetery in Gabriels, NY with the Reverend Eric Olsen officiating. Memorial donations in Jeannette’s memory can be made to the Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Family and friends wishing to remember Jeannette Davis Sheppard can share their memories and sign the online guestbook at
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 11:30am
    Mountain View Cemetery
    Route 86
    GABRIELS, NY 12939
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    Graveside Service
    Rev. Eric Olsen
  • Interment

    Mountain View Cemetery
    Route 86
    GABRIELS, NY 12939
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Roger Sheppard

Posted at 08:14am
Jeannette was welcoming to me and my family upon her marriage to my father, Robert Sheppard. There are many memories I share with my brothers during our visits to Rainbow Lake and later to Will Rogers at Saranac Lake. Although I didn't have many occasions to visit with her immediate family, I felt that I knew them well since Jeannette often talked about her daughters and grandchildren with a great sense of pride. I extend my sympathies to her family at the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother.
Roger Sheppard

Robert Callaghan

Posted at 09:43am
I send prayers and sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Sheppard. She has long been one of my personal heroes. I hope that this is an appropriate forum to share this story.
At eight years old, I suffered post-op complications after a tonsillectomy. It was Nurse Davis who discovered me hemorrhaging in my sleep. She was credited, by hospital staff and certainly my family, for saving my life. Although I don't recall ever meeting my Guardian Angel, I know who she is.
Bob Callaghan

Lora Brown

Posted at 02:43pm
I knew both Robert and Jeannette for many years and reconnected in Rainbow Lake where I would go to visit her Mother. And then again at church where one could easily witness the love and devotion they had for each other. Tough at work is an understatement as she scared me half to death, yet I did learn from her and in the years ahead learned how to see through the tough and into one of the most gentle of hearts. Jeannette will be remembered for her Christian life of giving to others, her wonderful caregiver skills and her love and support to others she met. Now forever in the arms of our Lord until we meet again.

Madge Duprey

Posted at 09:36am
One tough lady/ nurse- I don’t think she ever missed a day of work- and You better not call in either! She had a great example of work ethic which we all grew to share, but we all enjoyed our work. When our son, Philip Michael, was born she presented us with a beautiful toque & matching sweater. Rest In Peace, Jeanette, you certainly earned it.
Madge Duprey

Ruth Ann Sheppard

Posted at 11:32am
We send our sincere sympathy to the families of Carol & Pat at the passing of your mom. Jeannette was a special addition to our family not only being a great listener but as a wonderful step mom for Curtis and his brothers, and a patient and caring grandmother to our kids. I recently ran across sweaters that she knitted for our twins when they were little and still find it amazing how talented and detailed she was in her craft. A favorite memory was listening to her and my father-in-law as they watched Jeopardy together - typically they both knew the answers before the contestants! Very intelligent lady! They shared a love for fishing and reading and time with friends here in Doylestown, OH in their later years. Jeannette will be missed and remembered always. Thank you for sharing her with our family. Love, Ruth Ann

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