Barbara Mohler Shepherd

  • Born: March 14, 1946
  • Died: February 9, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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SHEPHERD, Barbara Mohler
March 14, 1946 - February 9, 2019

Barbara Mohler Shepherd, 72, of Austin, Texas, went to be with her Lord on February 9, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family, from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Barbara was the first born child of William E. and Mary Ann Morrison Mohler of Charleston, WV who predeceased her. She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 50 years, William Gray Shepherd. Together, they raised three sons, William Trent Shepherd (Carly); Todd Mohler Shepherd; and Mark Edward Shepherd (Lauren). She was blessed with four grandchildren: Gray, Ty, Violet, and Evan. Barbara is survived by her siblings Julia Stocks (Don); Ann Maddox (Mike); Bill Mohler (Dina); and David Mohler (Sherry) as well as her sister and brother-in-law Becky and Rudy Hopkins. Barbara is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews who love her dearly.

Barbara graduated from Charleston High School in 1964 and Denison University in 1968, attaining a degree in sociology. She enjoyed a variety of occupations including being a stewardess for Pan Am when glamor was key; serving as a travel agent; working as an executive assistant for Charles Moore Architects; and then sharing her passion interacting with youth and as executive assistant to various pastors for the Riverbend Church Community for over 20 years. She was a faithful member of the Links Sunday School Class.

Barbara lived every minute of her life to the fullest, cherishing her time with family and friends. She lived her life in faith and love, never missing an opportunity to have a great adventure. Her West Virginia roots ran deep and her love of rivers was lifelong, from the Elk River in West Virginia to the Llano in Texas.

Barbara was asked: What is your idea of perfect happiness? Her response was: 'I reflected on this more than normal, even in the middle of the night, and it all can be pretty well be summarized by love of family. The concept has played itself over and over in my life in different gradations: as a child with parents who loved me, as having three sons who I truly love more than I might have imagined (and have had that love reciprocated) and then with grandchildren.'

The Celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Riverbend Church in Fellowship Hall with Dr. Dave Haney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to ALS Association Texas Chapter, 1315 Sam Bass Circle, Round Rock, TX 78681 or or to Riverbend Church Middle School and High School Programs, 4214 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Arthur and I both wept at the news of your lovely Barb's passing. Will, we love you both dearly and are forever thankful for having you as neighbors/cheerleaders in Austin. We can't remember Barb not smiling; it seems that if sunshine could incarnate... it would be Barb. She touched so many, so deeply...and so very specially Arthur and I. Know that we cherish you and our memories of both you and dear Barb. Donna Spence and Arthur Gibert, St. Louis, Missouri

Posted by Donna Spence - St. Louis, MO - Friend   March 01, 2019

Will and family-

Mt thoughts and prayers are with you all. Barbara was an amazing light and inspiration to all of us who were were fortunate enough to know her. She will be missed. A remarkable source of humor and joy.

Arthur Andersson

Posted by Arthur Andersson - Austin, TX - coworker   February 20, 2019

So sorry to hear about Barbaras passing. She always used to just light up the room wherever she was, with her joyful smile and positive attitude. Blessings to the Shepherd Family.

Posted by Andy Taylor - Houston, TX - friend   February 15, 2019


Dear Trent, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Carly, Gray, and Ty, and all of your Family, I knew how close you all were, and I wish you great strength and peace at this time knowing that she is in a far greater place, and suffers no more. I love you guys so much, Loni Holland, Edmonds, Wa Feb. 14, 2019

Posted by Loni Holland - Edmonds, WA - Family   February 14, 2019

Dearest Will and boys, so saddened by your loss...I had heard that Barbara was suffering from ALS...such a terrific disease...I can remember the boys growing up and playing ball,spending the night at each other's house,and us trying to be a parent...Barbara was a wonderful mother,as well as a and all the family will be in my thoughts and prayers..I can picture that smile on her face as she enters the kingdom of glorious it His love, Georgia and Dan Brown

Posted by Georgia Brown - Austin, TX - Friend   February 14, 2019

I met Barb and Will through my daughter, Diane Izard. I only had the pleasure of knowing them for several years (during my visits to Austin). My best time was during a SS Class Party. She might not be able to talk but, my, she could write. Loved her and her constant smile, and that's how I'll always remember her. She was indeed a blessing to all who had the honor of knowing her. My prayers are with you, Will and family.

Posted by Elsie Stewart - Leesburg,, GA - Friend   February 13, 2019

My thoughts and heart felt prayers are with the family !! Barbara was a blessinger to all that knew her.

Posted by Mike Barrett - san angelo, TX - Family Friend   February 12, 2019

It is hard to describe barbara to someone who didn't know her, because she was obviously filled with more love than the rest of us, but seemed perfectly normal. But in reality was normally perfect. Love forever.

Posted by Caren and the Upshaw family - Austin, TX - Family Friend   February 12, 2019

Will and family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
Wish you all peace in this difficult time.
Mike Kennedy

Posted by Mike Kennedy - Austin, TX   February 12, 2019

I'm heartbroken to learn of Barbara's passing. Having worked with her at Riverbend I was always amazed at her love for the students and her willingness to give of herself. The lives she touched will be forever enriched. Thank you, Barbara-for the joy and light you shined on every life you touched. Rest peacefully in His arms.

Posted by John Ward - Leander, TX - Coworker   February 12, 2019

Dear Will,
This is Mark & Elaine Reynolds. Ann Lacy sent me a note letting us know about Barbara's passing. Our heart is saddened to hear this news. Barbara was such a vibrant individual. We saw Nancy Grayson this week & were reminiscing about the Parenting Group. We were so bad, we all took the class twice. Our teacher was Wayne Ball. Please know that we are praying for you & your family. Our love goes out to you & we grieve with you. We have no doubt that Barbara is in the loving arms of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
Elaine & Mark Reynolds

Posted by Elaine Reynolds - Waco, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

Barbara was a Denison classmate of mine. We were thrilled to have her with us on campus at the 50th Reunion in May 2018. Her courage and positive outlook as she faced her health problems head on inspired many of us those three days in Granville. May she now be at peace and may her family remember her as the loving person she was.

Posted by Ginny Coombs - Bloomington, IN - Classmate   February 11, 2019


Will and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all for your loss. Barbara lived out her faith on a daily basis and was a role model to so many. We feel blessed and privileged to have known her, and we wish each of you comfort and peace knowing that she is Home and finally healed.

Randall & Delise Becker

Posted by Delise Becker - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

We had the pleasure of knowing Barbara for about 6 months as we gave her medication for her ALS. She was an absolute joy to get to know and we were honored to care for her.
Paragon Austin Infusion Center, Austin, TX

Posted by Paragon Austin Infusion Center - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 11, 2019


Such a beautiful person, she did so much for so many!
Many prayers for her family!

Posted by Kyle Anderson - Buda/ Austin   February 11, 2019


My thoughts and prayers to the family!! She was such a wonderful woman! She definitely had a huge impact on me during my time at Riverbend Church!!

Posted by Casey Andrews - San Antonio, TX - friend   February 11, 2019

Such a fine lady. The world is better for having been here. Nancy & Bob Grayson

Posted by Nancy Grayson - Waco, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

What a wonderful woman. My sister, Diane, was a good friend and spoke so highly of Barbara that I wish I had the honor of knowing her. God bless all the family. Prayers sent up for you all.
- Martha and Michael Wright, Atlanta GA

Posted by Martha Wright - Atlanta, GA - Acquaintance   February 11, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in the knowledge she is at peace. Much love, cousin Flo

Posted by Flo (Morrison) Stanton - Indianapolis, IN - Family   February 10, 2019

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