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Mary Ellen Shepardson, 84, of Cortland died Monday, November 28, 2016 in DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center in DeKalb. She was born November 20, 1932 in Waterman, IL; the daughter of Walter and Gladys (Gerritson) Garrison. While in high school she worked at the dimestore and telephone company. Graduated from DeKalb Township High School in 1950. She then worked at Wurlitzer and Anaconda. She married Philip R. Shepardson on June 20, 1953 in DeKalb. They had two children. Mary worked at Jewel as a checker and retired after 30 years.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Daniel Shepardson of Lafayette, Indiana; daughter, Laura (Jim) Wagner of Maple Park; grandson, Bradley and Brock Bjelk; great granddaughter, Jeanne "Sweetpea" Howard; and niece, JoAnn Johnson. Preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2001; sister, Eleanor (Roy) Johnson; niece, Jean and Jean's son, Michael Georgia.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Afton Cemetery near DeKalb. Memorials to Kish Health System Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115.

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  1. Carroll & Kathy Herman

    We are so sorry for your loss. After we lost our home in the Washington tornado, Mary called me several times, which meant a lot to me. I just had a total shoulder replacement and am not able to travel much so we will not be able to be at the services Friday. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kathy

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