Ruth (Adams) Shepherd, 86, died April 5, 2010, at MDI Hospital.

The daughter of Arthur and Hannah (Shelley) Adams, she was born April 22, 1923, in Harve de grace, Md.

A wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Shepherd was an avid reader.

She grew up in Fairfield, with her late sister, Jeanne Murray. Both were very active in the community.

Shepherd and her husband, Richard, were members of the Episcopal Marriage Encounter Team for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, the Father Richard G. Shepherd of Bernard; one son, Christopher Shepherd and his wife, Kathleen of Troy, N.Y.; one daughter, Alexandra Shepherd of Albany, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Ashley and Courtney Shepherd; and a great-granddaughter, Zoe Elizabeth Shepherd--Jackson.

A Resurrection Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, Maine, with Father Jonathan Appleyard officiating.

Contributions in Shepherd's memory may be made to St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, 41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Arrangements are being handled by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, Maine.

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