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Renee Shepard Kirkham
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1923
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 2010
Butte County
California, USA

Renee Shepard Kirkham 1923 ~ 2010 Renee Shepard Kirkham, 86, of Chico, CA, peacefully died, Jan. 7th, at home after a lengthy illness. She was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Sept. 7, 1923, to Emorette Anderson and Dr. James Leo Shepard, the youngest of four children. She attended schools in Salt Lake City, and graduated from East High School in 1940. She completed her education at the University of Utah and graduated in 1944 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. While in college, she belonged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She married Oscar Ned Kirkham on December 27, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last month. Following her marriage she relocated with Ned to California where he was attending Stanford University. Renee worked briefly until children came. She then devoted herself to being a homemaker and mother. She moved with Ned as he was transferred in managerial positions with Bank of America. This included San Francisco, Sanger, Chico 1966, Fresno 1976, and back to Chico 1981. Renee was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various teaching and leadership positions within the church's Women's Relief Society, Primary Children's program, and Young Women's program. She also volunteered in several community organizations. Renee is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ned; a son, Dan; a daughter, Jennifer, all of Chico; and a sister, Marjorie Curtis, of St. George, Utah. Preceded in death by her father (1966), her mother (1974), a sister, Hortense Davis (1974), and a brother, L. Reid Shepard (2004,) both of Salt Lake City. At Renee's request, there will be a private family burial at the Gridley-Biggs District Cemetery. This will be followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel at Alamo and West East Avenue, In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Enloe Hospital Foundation for use in the Oncology Center, or the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.

Published in Deseret News on January 12, 2010
Family links: 
  James Leo Shepard (1887 - 1966)
  Emmorette Anderson Shepard (1887 - 1974)
  Leo Reid Shepard (1911 - 2004)*
  Hortense Shepard Davis (1915 - 1974)*
  Marjorie Shepard Curtis (1918 - 2010)*
  Renee Shepard Kirkham (1923 - 2010)
*Calculated relationship
Gridley-Biggs Cemetery
Butte County
California, USA
Created by: kent shepard
Record added: Jan 12, 2010
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Renee <i>Shepard</i> Kirkham
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