Madeline Blaylock Shepherd

Monday, April 25, 1938 - Sunday, June 19, 2022

Forever in Our Hearts

Photo of Madeline Blaylock Shepherd  - 1938-2022

Canton – Mary Madeline Blaylock Shepherd, blessed with 84 years of a wonderful and full life, entered into her glorious place in Heaven on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Madeline’s life journey began April 25, 1938, in Haywood County, NC. To those who knew Madeline she was like an angel here on earth. Her heart was always filled with love and concern for others and if you had the privilege of knowing her, she remained your friend forever. Madeline was a dedicated Navy military wife and was given the opportunity to travel and make their home all across the country with her husband who was stationed throughout the United States. As their lives took a slower path following military retirement,  they chose to return to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 1975 to make their home in Canton where Madeline had been born and raised. She loved her mountain heritage and history and often enjoyed sharing memories with family, friends and neighbors. Madeline was a joy and a delight to everyone and she touched the lives of so many –that will never ever forget her. She was a lady of strong faith and a devoted member of Long’s United Methodist Church on Coffee Branch Road, which was just a short walk from her lovely home. She cherished her church and in her own words, “I have served on 5 committees and I have been blessed to help with anything else.”  Her long standing service on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee of the church was deeply important to Madeline. She enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables and lovely flowers and Madeline was also a wonderful cook. Anyone who visited the Shepherd home was welcomed by Madeline with open arms and always left with precious memories. As in the words of the old hymn, Precious Memories – Precious Memories, unseen angels sent from somewhere to my soul, How they linger, ever near me and the sacred past unfolds…..

We shall each hold onto the memory of Mary Madeline Blaylock Shepherd forever.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Blaylock and her mother, Trudy Mason Blaylock McDade; her loving husband of 65 years, Everett Donald Shepherd who passed away in 2019; a sister, Mona Jeffcoat; her brothers, Cody Blaylock and Mike McDade.

Surviving are her daughter, Donna Shepherd of New York, NY; a grandson, Ezra Weitzman of New York, NY; a granddaughter, Zelda Weitzman of New York, NY; a close friend who was loved as a grandson, Loyd Futral of Canton; two special cousins, Ronnie Mason of Clyde and Eddie Singleton of Waynesville; a niece, Susan Rodgers of Greensboro; a sister-in-law, Cathi McDade of the state of Washington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Peggy Shepherd and Mack and Rose Shepherd; special friends, Becky Rathburn and Melissa Walden; and also Madeline’s beloved cat “Chief”.  

A celebration of life to honor and remember Madeline will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, June 24, 2022 at Long’s United Methodist Church. Pastor Tony Matthews and Pastor Peter Constantian will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Shepherd’s memory to Long's United Methodist Church, 1097 Coffee Branch Road, Canton NC 28716

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Shepherd family.  

Condolences from family and friends

Forever in my heart and always forefront of my memories. Much love to her wonderful family!
Becky Rathburn
Madline will always be in my heart an be loved an I wish the best of luck to her family friends an wonderful daughter .I hope we can all get through this tough time together so that we can remember an injoy all the good memories we all had with madline an one day we will meet with her again an be able to injoy the sound of her voice that we all loved so dearly.so I pray for her family and friends that all loved her
Loyd futral III
Madeline was a close friend and neighbor and one of my Mom’s best friends. They are now together with the Lord . We will miss all the visits and laughs we had with her, that usually always included cats. She was a joy to be around. Our prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.
Bobby and Gayle Ammons
I glad I got to know Madaline she was always kind I know she will be missed by all I was sorry to hear of her passing I will keep al in prayers
Faye Storey
Madeline was a great neighbor for many years, she will be missed by all.
Robert Gaddis
We will forever be grateful for your love and your friendship! We will truly miss the phone calls and the visits to our home! Hero will miss you to! We love you !You will forever be in our hearts! Donna you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead! RIP Madeline
Eddie and Barbara Singleton