Muriel Page Shepherd, 79, of Zion Rd., Morganton, NC died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Kindred Hospital, Greensboro, NC. Born July 13, 1932 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Floy Kincaid Page. She was a retired secretary with Valdese General Hospital where she had worked for many years. Muriel was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. "Nick" Shepherd; a son, Thomas W. "Nicky" Shepherd; and brothers, Kelly R. and Vester Page.Surviving are her foster son, Larry Chapman of Hickory, NC; a brother, Allen Page and his wife, Margie of Valdese, NC; sisters, Juanita Wilkerson of Richmond, VA and Janie Wortman-Glass and her husband, Craig of Flat Rock, NC; her caregiver, Sherrie Page Alexander; 15 nephews and nieces, 33 great nephews and nieces, and 14 great great nephews and nieces.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Eugene Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to a charity of the donors choice.

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