Lucille M. (Botelho) Shepard, age 82

of Braintree

Lucille M. (Botelho) Shepard, age 82

Lucille M. (Botelho) Shepard, age 82, of Braintree, formerly of Gloucester and Arlington, died peacefully, Thursday, May 7, 2020, at South Shore Hospital.

Lucille was born in Cambridge, to the late Lauriano C. and Maria C. (Jacome) Botelho. She was raised in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington High School. She had lived in Braintree for five years, previously in Gloucester for twenty-five years, and Arlington for most of her life.

Lucille was employed as a secretary at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester for many years. Later, she became a home health aide taking care of many people in Arlington and Gloucester.

Along with her late husband, she traveled to Africa with the Medical Missionaries of Mary. They worked at the Brothers of Charity tending to needy street people and also helped to build and organize a counseling center during their three-month stay of Christian service.

Lucille had an infectious smile and personality. She truly lit up a room. She was devoted to her faith, the church community, and her many friends. She also loved the ocean and spent much time along the rocky shoreline.

Beloved wife for sixty-one years of the late William A. Shepard, who died September 4, 2019.

Devoted mother of Denise M. Bambery and her husband Patrick of Braintree, Scott M. Shepard and his wife Laurie of Franklin, N.H., William L. Shepard and his wife Beatriz of Colombia, Mark A. Shepard and his wife Heather of Hooksett, N.H., and the late Stephen M. Shepard, who died March 7, 2020, and his surviving wife Zulima of Rockport.

Loving grandmother of fifteen and great-grandmother of two.

The last of five siblings, she was predeceased by Mary E. Landry, Julia Costanza, Albert Botelho, and Mary Alice Ricardo.

Lucille is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Lucille’s memory may be made to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, 4425 W 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629.


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  • RIP nana you will be missed love you

  • You have always been a loving Aunt, Christian witness and example, a shoulder to lean on, bearer of smiles, kisses and hugs, and we loved you deeply. We will think of and miss you always but we know you are in your forever home…smiling, healed and whole once again and in that, we are grateful. Give Uncle Art hugs and kisses from us!❤️ Love you always and forever.

  • Thank you my beautiful, Lucille, for your friendship, love and understanding. Thank you for sharing so freely of your God given gift of “hospitality”.
    Thank you for helping me grow as a person by challenging my assumptions.
    Thank you for always making me feel so “special” as if you loved me the best!
    Thank you for so many wonderful St. Eulalia gathering on your deck.
    Thank you for always being there for me and so many others.
    I loved you the best!

  • I will always love you mom. I’m sad you’re gone but happy you are free.

  • My dearest friend,

    For more than 50 years we have laughed, supported, learned, loved…so much LIFE and LOVE. MMM’s around the world are remembering you and praying for you, Art, and all the family. Denise, Scott, Mark, and Billy…may the good memories of your Mom, Dad, and Steven be a comfort these days. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • My dearest Lucille , Your memory will live in my heart forever ! I cherish all the wonderful moments we had at St. Eulalia’s.our special times in our Jubilee group, and your and Art’s extraordinary generosity as you continually opened your home and hearts.You are missed! Your joy has made a lasting imprint on my life and I am grateful. Rest In Peace my dear friends .until we meet again !

  • My dear friend Lucille
    We shared so many happy memories – St Eulalia’s events, volunteering at the Fernald School, times in Gloucester with you and Art at your deck parties, going to the Rocky Neck piano bar while Art played his harmonica and sang, eating lobster out on the rocks in Rockport, St Patrick day celebrations with Father Tom, going for a ride in your boat with Art at the helm, girls’ weekends away at Ginny’s house at the Cape and visiting the Weston Priory in Vermont. Rest In Peace my friend. I’ll always remember the times I spent with you.
    Carol ❤️🙏🏻🥰

  • I Love you mom and I’m so grateful for all the time we were able to spend together.
    I felt fortunate to help you and Dad through the last phase of your lives.
    Now you can Rest In Peace with Dad and Stephen.
    I know you’ll be with me always as I only have to look for you in the beauty that surrounds me.