Margaret (Vanderbilt) Shepard

Published on Sunday, 13 May 2018 20:43


Margaret (Vanderbilt) Shepard, known as Peggy, 92, died peacefully at Avery Heights in Hartford.

She attended the Oxford School in West Hartford and Strafford College in Virginia. Spending most of her life living in Kensington, she was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in New Britain, the Shuttle Meadow Country Club and Masons Island Yacht Club, and was an active member of the Junior League of New Britain. In 2010, she was recognized by New Britain General Hospital for 50 years of volunteer service.

She leaves two daughters, Katharine Shepard of Hartford, and Sarah Shepard Whyte of Osterville, Mass.; a son, Dan Shepard and his wife Lee Steppacher of Norwich Vt.; three grandchildren, Alison Thompson, Hillary Moore and Miles Whyte of West Tisbury, Mass.; two great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Jack Dobbin of Florida.

She had a sense of humor, laugh and a reputation for saying what she was thinking. Peggy had a passion for fun, whether it was being with friends and family or playing sports and games. She also had a wonderful ability to laugh at herself, and had a strong belief that how you play the game was more important than winning.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 830 Corbin Ave., New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avery Heights Transportation Department, 550 Avery Heights, Hartford, CT 06106.

Porter’s Funeral Service in Kensington is assisting her family.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Sunday, 13 May 2018 20:43. Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2018 20:45.