Janice “Jani” Yvonne (Stuart) Shepherd, 78 of Creston, Iowa entered eternal rest on Sunday, June 4, 2023 surrounded by her family. Jani was born June 18, 1944 in Lenox, Iowa the daughter of Avery William and Alma Lucille (Johnston) Stuart. Jani graduated from Lenox high school and married Gary Shepherd. Together they had four children, Eric, Corena, Mark and Mannie. She then attended SWCC and Northwest Missouri State University earning a Bachelor degree in the field of Human Services.
Jani worked many careers including as a Domestic Violence coordinator, a Graphic artist and the most rewarding job of hers was driving a school bus for the Creston school district, where she cherished her interactions with the children throughout the years. Jani loved gathering around a table visiting and playing cards with her many friends. Jani adored traveling with her family, playing games on her computer, camping and collecting little knick-knacks that she loved to show off and talk about. She treasured her many pets throughout the years.
Jani is survived by her children: Corena Shepherd, Mark (wife Erika) Shepherd and Mannie (wife Shannon) Shepherd, all of Creston; 10 grandchildren: Braydon, Kyle, Victoria, Levi, Jenna, Jesse, Konnar, Abigail, Avery and Emma; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; Jani is also survived by her sister-in law, Dorothy Graham Stuart of Creston; and many friends whom she considered family.
Jani was preceded in death by her parents, Avery, Alma, and Orville; her oldest son, Eric Shepherd; her siblings: Bill, Bob and George Stuart; best friend, Betty Westlake; sisters-in-law, Wileen Seeley, Sandie Stuart and Joyce Hogue.
She will be remembered for her stubbornness, witty comments, unconditional love, loyalty and sympathetic ear.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, June 10, 2023 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center. Rev. Jim Morris will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 AM, prior to the service on Saturday. Jani will be laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Creston, Iowa at a later date. Memories and condolences may be left online at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com. A luncheon will be provided at the Eagles immediately following the celebration of life.