With only a teaching certificate in-hand, two years of college, and her spunk, Pauline set out to teach in 1937 at Craig Elementary, a two-room school house in McGuire, Mo. She was 20 years old and only a bit bigger than some of the kids in the two classrooms that were for grades 1-6. For the next 10 years, she taught when she could, caught college classes when she could, and then accepted a position with the Malden school system in 1953. She earned her B.S. in 1956 from Southeast Missouri State University while teaching full time in Malden. The rest, contrary to what they say, is not history, but a legacy of a lifetime. She retired in 1981 after teaching at Malden for 28 years.
Mrs. Shepherd was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. "Shep" Shepherd in 1979, her parents, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by one sister, Lorene Guffey, age 97, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two daughters: Nancy Witvoet, Cape Girardeau, and Judy Grisamore, Flower Mound, Texas; six grandchildren: Cindy Hodge, Broomfield, Colo., Shepherd Hoehn, Hixson, Tenn., Carrie Hodge, Loveland, Colo., Cherie Kubie, Omaha, Neb., Carman Camp, Memphis, Tenn., and Andrew Witvoet, Scott City, Mo.; five great-grandchildren: Mikayla Hodge, Raef Kubie, Madison Camp, Brooke and Jackson Witvoet; one niece, Sue Dye; nephews Jim Barnes, Ted Guffey, Martin Vinyard, Larry, Ronald, Roland, and Bill Barnes, and great nieces and nephews too numerous to name.
Visitation for Mrs. Shepherd will be at the Landess Funeral Home in Malden on Friday, September 7, from noon to 2:00 p.m., with services immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the: Pauline B. Shepherd Teachers' Education Scholarship, First Community Bank, Malden, Mo. 63863.