Mamie Strieber Shepperd
It is with sorrow that the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute communicates the loss of Mrs. Mamie Shepperd.
The Shepperd Family has shared with the Institute that Mamie Strieber Shepperd, beloved wife of former Texas Attorney General John Ben Shepperd, passed away on January 9th at her home in Gladewater, Texas. Mrs. Shepperd was 97 years old and passed peacefully in her sleep.
Family members will gather today or tomorrow for the burial which will be at the family gravesite. Memorial services may be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Mamie Strieber Shepperd Scholarship Fund at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (https://www.utpb.edu/services/development-office/give).
Mamie talked about her relationship with John Ben Shepperd saying, “I fell in love with him at 17… and it lasted a lifetime.” All of us here at the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, Advisory Council and Foundation join with family and others in mourning the loss of Mamie Shepperd – a great lady and a great Texan.
Obituary – SHEPPERD, Mamie
Mamie Shepperd, widow of former Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General John Ben Shepperd, died at the Shepperd family farm in Gladewater on January 9, 2015. She was born December 30, 1917 in Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas.
John Ben Shepperd was appointed by Governor Allen Shivers as Secretary of State in 1950. He was elected to two terms as Attorney General serving from 1953-57. He organized the statewide historical marker program of the Texas Historical Commission and served as the first chairman of the Texas Arts Commission as an appointed volunteer. He was instrumental in the creation of The University of the Texas of the Permian Basin which houses the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute.
John Ben Shepperd and Mamie Strieber met at the University of Texas at Austin and married in 1938 after she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the U. T. Austin Journalism School. During their 51-year marriage, she was the first-lady to his political, corporate and volunteer leadership roles. After his terms in public office, the family moved to Odessa in 1957.
She held local and state offices in the Texas Democratic Party throughout the 1960s. During Lyndon Johnson’s campaign for president in 1964 she was the Chairman of the Ladies for Lyndon West Texas committee. She also joined Lady Bird Johnson on the whistle-stop Lady Bird Special train as it made its way through eight southern states.
She was predeceased by her husband John Ben Shepperd who died in 1990.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2015
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