Carol Jean Shepard

South Royalton, Vt. — Carol Jean Shepard, 62, passed away suddenly in her home on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1951, in Randolph, Vt. to Robert and Shirley Shepard. She grew up and went to school in South Royalton, where she graduated in 1969. She married Robert Donahue in 1970 and resided in Sharon with their two children.

Over the next few years, she worked at GW Plastics, and some time at the Atlantic Diner, but Carol never was one to settle down for very long. In her lifetime, she resided in nine different states from Vermont to Alaska. She loved to travel and was always up for a road trip.

As a single mom, she worked hard at many various types of jobs to support her children. She was a strong, caring woman, and most important, a great friend. Singing was one of her favorite things to do and was always present at the local minstrel shows. She was generous, sharing all she had, even when it wasn’t much, with anyone in need.

Always full of life and definitely loved to be the center of attention. Her spirit of laughter and fun was contagious, affecting all those around her. Many a good time was shared when Carol was around. She adored her children, loving them through thick and thin. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and they her.

Many of her hobbies included swimming, crocheting, gardening, sewing, and going to the beach as often as she possibly could.

Through the years she was a part of many organizations, including Toastmaster International, where she was a Sergeant at Arms, The Red Hat Society, and helped with many different events at the LDS Chapel in South Royalton.

She eventually moved back home a few years ago to be closer to her parents, Robert Shepard of Sunapee, N.H. and Shirley Castagner of Randolph, Vt. They both survive. She is also survived by two siblings, Wendy Morrill of Royalton, Vt. and Jeff Shepard of Windsor, Vt.; two children, Robert Donahue and wife Jennifer of Denver, Colo., Christine Kelley and husband, Daniel of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Megan Ashley 17, Bret Camron 14, Elizabeth Nicole 10, Taylor Danielle 12 and Caitlyn Morgan 10; other survivors include many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins within the upper valley area.

There will no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of South Royalton in South Royalton with Rev. Joshua Moore officiating. A graveside committal service will be held later in the spring at the Havens Cemetery in South Royalton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Church of South Royalton, P.O. Box 116, South Royalton, VT 05068. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at