Anna Shepherd

(1846-1919). Educator, musician, dean. Born in Kentucky and educated at the University of Indiana, she married William A. Shepherd, a Seventh-day Adventist, and moved with him to Nebraska in 1865. She disapproved of her husband’s doing chores on Sunday, and he challenged her to prove Sundaykeeping from the Bible. She began to study, read the Bible through, and ordered publications from the Review and Herald. She kept the Sabbath for 10 years before hearing any sermons or attending SDA meetings. When George I. Butler and R. M. Kilgore held meetings in Nebraska City, Anna was baptized. She was left a widow in 1891 and became the first music teacher at the newly opened Union College. In 1892 she became dean of women, and served in this capacity for 10 years. In 1902 she became “Mama Sheph...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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