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Thelma Shephard/Meier

b. April 4, 1919 d. May 22, 2019


Thelma Rose Miller, age 100, was born on April 4, 1919, in Rosa, Washington and passed away on May 22, 2019, in Kennewick, Washington. Her parents were Jesse & Ethel (Renshaw) Miller. At the age of six, the family moved to Granger, where they lived for a short time. Another move took them to Elma, Washington, where Thelma spent her childhood and high school years. During her senior year, she transferred to Columbia Academy in Battleground, Washington. While there, she made many life-long friends. She went on to Walla Walla College, where she earned a B. S. degree in nursing.

While in nurses’ training she met a handsome army soldier, Stanley Shephard, who was a pharmacist. On the evening following her graduation in 1943, from nursing, they were married in the nurses' parlor. She worked as a nurse while Stanley finished dental school. The family grew as two children joined their family: a daughter, Suzanne and a son, Steven. The family moved to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where Stanley worked in the dental clinic on the Sioux Indian Reservation, serving his time in Public Health Service. In 1955, they moved to Loma Linda, California, where Stanley was a professor and founder of the Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. Thelma worked as a private duty nurse. She was very involved in the community and was active in their church. In 1961, they moved to Pasco, Washington, where Stanley started an Orthodontic practice in Richland. Thelma was an active member of the community. She worked with the Red Cross Blood drives, Stop Smoking Clinics and was a recording clerk for the local & national elections boards. Stanley & Thelma loved to travel. They traveled to many places around the world. They were avid snow & water enthusiasts After Stanley’s death in 1990, she married long-time friend, Bernie Meier. They spent a year in Taiwan, where they taught English. They enjoyed several years of traveling. Thelma was a member of the Pasco Riverview SDA Church. She leaves behind her husband, Bernie Meier age 103 daughter Suzanne & (Larry) Swisher three grandchildren: Jason & (Kristine) Swisher, Christopher & (Kathleen Korwin) Swisher, Jenni & (David) Royer six great-grandchildren: Emily & Damon Royer, KJ & Skyler Swisher and Uly & David Korwin/Swisher. Her son, Steven Dean Shephard passed away in 1989. Her husband, Dr. Stanley L. Shephard preceded her in death in 1990.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, August 31, 2019, in the Pasco Riverview SDA Church
@ 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Of American or to the Riverview Church building fund.