In Memory: Anne Shepard

Memorial services for Anne Shepard, co-founder of the Reach Your Peak Scholarship Program, were Aug. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs.

Mrs. Shepard died Aug. 9 at a local care center following a lengthy fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2000, Mrs. Shepard and her late husband Bruce, established the Reach Your Peak Scholarship Program. The Shepards encouraged others to join them to create $3,500 annual scholarships to incoming full-time Colorado-resident undergraduates with financial need and strong academic potential. The scholarship also required students to work at least part time while attending UCCS. More than 100 UCCS students received the scholarship this year and more than 1,000 students who received the scholarship are UCCS graduates.

Bruce Shepard died in 2015.

Family members prepared the following obituary and published it in the Colorado Springs Gazette Aug. 10-13. Condolences may be left at

Annie Mae Shepard

Born at home in Creighton, Nebraska to Ira and Ethel Hofer, Anne moved to Colorado Springs when she was a baby and was a lifelong resident. Anne died peacefully after a long stay at Namasté Alzheimer Center. She was the beloved wife of Bruce E. Shepard who preceded her in death on April 1, 2015.

Anne was always committed to the service of others. She volunteered over 1000 hours at Penrose Hospital as a Pink Lady. Anne was one of the founders of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and also served on the boards of other community foundations.

She loved the Lord and had a strong faith that carried her through difficult times. Anne attended many Bible Studies and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church since 1969. Even to the end she loved attending Chapel at Namasté.

Anne is survived by her three daughters LeAnn Shepard, Patty (David) Haney, and SuEllen Shepard. Along with 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren that she loved dearly. One of the biggest joys in her last years was seeing her great grandchildren, two of which are named after her. Anne is also survived by her brother, Bob (Sue) Hofer.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E Bijou St. Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00pm.

To honor Anne’s legacy, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Bruce and Anne Shepard Reach Your Peak Scholarship Program, care of the CU Foundation. Make checks out to CU Foundation, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

Published in The Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, 2017

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