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Nena Belle Barr Shepherd

June 23, 1924 ~ August 29, 2017 (age 93)

Nena Belle Barr Shepherd, 93, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2017. She lived a long life filled with challenge and success, travel and culture, as well as much love and joy. Nena was born June 23, 1924 in West Jefferson, NC, daughter of Basil Duke Barr and Mabel Phillips. A graduate of the University of NC at Greensboro, Nena had a career as a graphic artist with several government agencies in Washington, DC. Her interest in the art world took her to Paris, which resulted in a position with post war Headquarters of US European Command in France. Subsequently in Geneva and continuing for 30 years, Nena developed a keen expertise in the art of Japanese flower arranging, attaining a high level of mastery in Sogetsu Ikebana. Following her 25 years living abroad, Nena and her husband “Bobby” returned to the USA where they retired to St. Petersburg. The Shepherds were well known at ASPEC, the retired professionals group of Eckerd College. Nena was also involved with the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. The world over, Nena's friends fondly remember her elegance, fun-loving ways and generous spirit.

Nena was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Robert Earl Shepherd (1927-2012). She is survived by her musician daughter, Laura Margaret Ruth Shepherd, formerly of Fredericksburg, VA, currently living in St. Petersburg; as well as her son, restaurateur businessman Christopher Barr Shepherd, of Geneva, Switzerland; and his children Savannah, Vanessa, and Jessica-Lou. A Celebration of Nena’s life will be held on Monday, September 18 from 3-7 pm at Laura Shepherd’s home in Gulfport. Please announce your presence to her at 540-371-2117. Donations may be made to the Robert Shepherd Memorial Fund – “In memory of Nena Shepherd”. For more information, email

David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.

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