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Bernice Irene Shepard

December 15, 2011

Kitty Hawk- The family of Bernice Irene Shepard nee Stetson wish to inform friends and family that she passed away peacefully at 9:40 am December 15, 2011 at 87 years old.

Bernice was a native of Colington, her family owning the post office and general store at the very end of Colington Road. Her family was instrumental in founding Kitty Hawk elementary School and provided lodging for teachers and a school bus service. Bernice’s relative Dexter Stetson built both the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Bernice was the last, remaining, original member of the Stetson family.

She is Survived by her son, Dr. Bruce Shepard and his wife Dr. Dee Shepard and their children Natalie and husband Paul Garrett, and JB Shepard and fiancee Elizabeth Swift; her daughter, Dr. Lynn Kelly, and husband Bob Kelly and their children Sara and husband Eric Onufer, and Owen Kelly, and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Joshua Onufer.

A gathering will be held at 108 Pinnacle court Kitty Hawk at 4:00 pm on Sunday December 18, 2011. According to her wishes her body was donated to Brody Medical School to further medical science.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.