Brigid Kathleen Sheppard

Born: Tue., Jan. 25, 1972
Died: Mon., Dec. 1, 2008

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Brigid Kathleen Sheppard died of heart failure at her home in Bluffton, South Carolina on Sunday, December 1, 2008. She was 36 years old.

Brigid was born on January 25, 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up in a Navy family, she moved from coast to coast, changing schools frequently.

Following school, Brigid worked in high technology management, most recently as Director of Technology in the biometrics industry.

Brigid loved the water, loved her family, friends and her cats, and she had a passion for her profession and what she did to protect children with The Child Project.

Brigid is survived by her parents, Mellen and Bill Sheppard, her sister and brother-in-law, Nikki and Pete Rowney; grandparents, Ann Sheppard of Greensboro, Georgia and the late William L. "Shep" Sheppard and Joseph and Ruth Gallagher of Southern Pines, North Carolina; and her many close friends, especially the Loveless family.

A wake will be held Friday evening, December 5, 2008 from seven to nine, and a Mass on Saturday morning, December 6, 2008 at eleven o''clock at McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro, Georgia. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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The Sheppard Family
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Natasha has a picture of Brigid on her mirror in her bedroom. It has been there for a long time. She told me today that she felt so sad, and cried during most of the day at school. We talked about how fun Brigid was to be around, and how much we enjoyed her company. Brigid taught Nicholai how to pour beer from a keg. I have carried a picture of Brigid as a 4 year old with "bedhead" in my wallet for 25 years. Our sister Brigid and I agree that Brigid defined the word, "bedhead". We were so lucky to have her in our lives.

Leo Brandao
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
My heartfelt sympathies. May she rest comfortably in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

David & Leah Mills
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
We are the owners of the house where Bridgett lived in Bluffton. We express our deepest condolences on the death of your daughter. May God give you his peace and comfort during this time of grief. David & Leah Mills

Aunt Ru
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
I am so sad that you have left us Brigid. You have always had a special place in my heart. I pray you are safe and peaceful in the arms of Jesus. You will be so missed. I love you and I am going to feel the loss of your smile for a long time. Love you Ruth & Kris Iverson

Gloria Williams
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above watching over your Family. You are in our Thoughts and Prayer. Love and Hugs Gloria Williams

Mary Ellen (Anstine) Gleason
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Bill and Mellen, Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your precious daughter Brigid. My brother, Nick, shared this very sad news with me. I know he thinks highly of Bill and his family. May the Lord give you both His special comfort that only He can give. My deepest sympathy, Mary Ellen

Monica Martin
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Didier and I were so saddened and shocked to hear about Brigid’s death. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you during your time of grief and sadness. May God's Grace strengthen you.

Nick Anstine
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Bill, Mellen, Nikki, and Pete--My wife Judy and I extend to each of you our heartfelt sympathy. Count us among your many friends who are keeping all of you and Brigid in our thoughts and prayers. Nick Anstine

Kathleen Potter
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Mellen,Bill, Nikki & Pete There are no words to express the sadness and grief we all are feeling right now. Your pain is unimaginable. Your love for one another will get you through this trying time. You all are in our prayers and thoughts every minute of the day. Kathleen, Bob and Chris

Jim & Barbara Gallagher
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Mellen & Bill , sorry to hear of the death of your little girl ,Bridgett. Sorry that we can't be with you at this time. You are in our prayers. Love Jim & Barbara

Eileen Ryan
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
Mellen & Bill, Words cannot express how sorry I feel about BK. I enjoyed visiting with her and Nikki at Joe and Ruth's 2 yrs ago February. It was the first time I had seen the girls since she was little. BK was a beautiful young woman as is Nikki. I think of my own sons and can only imagine the anguish that you feel. I wish I could attend the service, but it would be impossible for me to go to GA right now. My thoughts are with you. Love, Eileen

Melinda Walker
   Posted Wed December 03, 2008
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to your family.

Nancy McKewon Staples
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Dear Gallagher Family, We were all so shocked and saddened by the news of "BK's" passing. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. Such wonderful memories of ALL of you. Peace, Nancy

Betsy and Brad Hahn
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Brigid. The obituary was beautiful. So glad she was happy with her job and her life. We are praying that God holds all of you close as you get through this terrible time. Love, Betsy and Brad

Michael O''Keefe III
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Michael O'Keefe III

Doris Fletcher
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Though she may seem to be far away from your loving and protecting arms, she now rests in the loving and protecting arms of Jesus. I pray God's strength and comfort be with you all through this difficult time. May the peace of God be with you.

Mary Gallagher Enos
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
To The Family, I offer my deepest sympathy. Although I never met her, I know she was loved by her mom and dad, joe and Ruthie.And others who knew her.I am one of Tom and Barbars tribe. Our prayers are for all of you. Mary

Jeanne Schryver Turbow
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with Brigid's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privledge of getting to know Brigid when she was living in McLean Hamlet. She was wise beyond her years and had a great spirit. I know she will be missed. I will be thinking about you during this difficult time. Love, Jeanne

Kathy Lockhart
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
My condolences are with the Sheppard family during this difficult time. There are no words that can ease the pain right now. My family is thinking of you and praying that God takes care of all of you now and in the time to come. Sincerely, the Lockhart Family (friends of Colleen & Bob)

joanie okeefe
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Mary Ellen Bill and Nikki So saddened to hear about BK My heartfelt sympathy to you. I feel a numbness and know there are no words but my heart is with you joanie

Lynne Kern
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Dear Bill & Mellon, Don and I are so very sorry about you losing such a beautiful child. We can not even begin to imagine what you are feeling. We wish God's love and he's ability to heal to help you through this dark time. Love always, Don and Lynne Kern

Beth Prummer
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Dear Mellen, Bill, Nikki & Pete, Our deepest sympathy to all of you for your unfortunate loss of Brigid. She was truly a beautiful person and a dear and cherished friend to me and my family. We will never forget the joy that Brigid brought to our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God Bless, Beth, Richard and Madeline Prummer

Kenneth J. Ryan
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I really can't express how I think you must feel. We can't completely understand the loss of a young loved one, just accept what life brings. I sincerely hope that you quickly find peace of mind and wish you and your family the vert best future. Kenny Ryan

Alberto & Gerrie Benedi
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Nikki, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister. May you lean on your loved ones and friends during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Alberto & Gerrie

Celbis family
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Mellen and Bill, No words exist to express our feelings. Please accept our condolences for May the Lord give you strenght and comfort. Güney, Tülay and Deniz

Barbara Gallagher-Hufstedler
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Dear Mary Ellen & Bill, Aunt Ruthie, Uncle Joe & Family, I am a cousin of Mary Ellen and daughter of Tommy Gallagher. We, my brothers and sisters, have always felt very close to our "Gallagher Family" and even though there are so many years and miles between us all, the death of Bridget is devastating to everyone. It's impossible to understand the pain that you are experiencing but, know that you have a lot of family experiencing heartfelt grief over the loss of your beautiful girl. May God help you all through this very difficult time. With great regret, I cannot make it to Georgia this weekend to be with you all but, you will be close to my heart and in my prayers. With much love and affection, Barbara Gallagher-Hufstedler

Tanja Todd
   Posted Thu December 04, 2008
Dear Nikki and Mr. and Mrs. Sheppard, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Brig was such a big part of my life a while ago and I just can't comprehend this. Many, many memories. She is at peace. Love Tanja

Maureen Vezina
   Posted Fri December 05, 2008
Dear Bill and Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I will be thinking of you. Peace, Maureen Vezina

Patty Gallagher Elston
   Posted Fri December 05, 2008
Dear Mary Ellen, Bill and Family, I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May your sweet and precious memories of Brigid guide you through this sad time. Brigid and her family are in my Prayers and thoughts. God Bless.

Chris, Mandi, & Doreen
   Posted Fri December 05, 2008
Dear Mellen, Bill, & Nikki, Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful daughter Brigid. You have always been there for us in our time of need and we will now be there for you. With heartfelt sympathy, Chris, Mandi, & Doreen

Odette Levesque
   Posted Fri December 05, 2008
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bill, Mellen and all the Sheppard/Gallagher families.

Katie Ryal Lewis
   Posted Fri December 05, 2008
Nikki and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Brigid's passing. My heart aches for you, as I know that you and Brigid were always so close. I will remember Brigid for her sweet smile and laugh. And, I will keep all of your family in my prayers. Fondly, Katie Ryal Lewis

Ann Lafayette
   Posted Sat December 06, 2008
Mary Ellen,Bill, Uncle Joe, Aunt Ruthie and Family, We send our prayers and thoughts to all of you. We can not imagine the pain you must feel. Trust that my Dad welcomed her to heaven and is holding her close. Love Ann

Patty O''Keefe
   Posted Sun December 07, 2008
Dear Maryellen, Bill, Nikki, I am so sorry to hear about Brigid. I know she will be missed and words cannot express that. I just want you to know that you all will be in my prayers through this difficult time. Patty

Erin (Laytham) Lentz
   Posted Sun December 07, 2008
Niki, I cannot imagine the magnitude of emotions you feel right now. I am crying with you and couldn't be thinking of you more. Your sister was such a neat person and will always bring a smile to my face when I think of her. Brigid was unique, a character and a sweetheart. I have very fond memories of her. Seek refuge in God as he is the one who will "carry you" when things are unbearable and he will give you strength. Big hug to you from me.

Jim and Angela McKeown
   Posted Mon December 08, 2008
We were so very sad to hear the news about Brigid. She was such a sweet person and our hearts break to think she's gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless. Jim, Angela, Jimmy, Jake, Eric & Greg McKeown

Kathy & Bob Lentini and family
   Posted Fri December 12, 2008
Dear MaryEllen,Bill,Nikki and the Sheppard Family. We were so sorry to hear about Bridget. What a beautiful girl she is. She may not be with you in person, but she will always be with you in spirit. May she rest in peace.

Dorothy Gallagher
   Posted Fri December 12, 2008
Dear Mellon, Bill, Nikki,Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Joe ~ I was very saddened to her of the passing of Brigid. My girls still remember spending time at your home in VA when the girls were teens. You are in out hearts and prayers.

pat
   Posted Fri December 12, 2008
Dear MaryEllen & family, Please know that you are in my prayers, for the lost of your beautiful daughter. May God be with you in this awful time. Love Pat Ginolfi

Henry Anthony LaBate
   Posted Sun December 21, 2008
I will always remember her 'flyin flish' that she loved to watch while sailing. God bless her soul and take her to his bosom as I so wish I could have done.

JOHN GALLAGHER
   Posted Sun December 21, 2008
Mary Ellen, Uncle Joe & Aunt Ruthie. I was truly saddened to hear of Bridget's death. Knowing the clostness of the "Gallagher Family" I want to join my brothers & sisters, Gallagher cousins (all of them!!) and my Gallagher Aunts & Uncles in expressing my sympthy for your loss. I'll always remember and cherish my time in Lamore...around the pool at the OC with all the kids. I also remember the "trouble" your Mom & Dad experienced in wanting to name your sister Britget..the priest said there was no Saint by that name, so he would not baptize her using that name. But when I moved to San Francisco I found that one of the city's most buetiful churchs is St. Bridget. I think you and your family every time I walk by. Now I'll have an even thoughtful remerence when I see that church. With all my love & prayers, John

ruth
   Posted Thu August 27, 2009
It's been almost a year and I miss you terribly. I know you are finally at peace and with the Lord, but you laughter is missed.

Aunt Brigid
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Remembering Brigid this week, and all the great times we had with her.