Ann Sheppard

Obituary of Ann Britting Sheppard


Our beautiful lark has ascended. Surrounded by love at her home in the Bitterroot Valley of MT, Ann peacefully passed on March 28, 2022. She was predeceased by her loving parents, John and Florence Britting and is survived by her only sister Sara, her brothers Chip and Mark and long time partner and soulmate, Joseph Allheim. We are heart broken, as we dearly love our Ann. She was adored by her cousins, their children and her last surviving aunt Sandra Swenk and so many friends throughout her life.


A Sabbath child full of grace, Ann was born on December 9, 1956 in Clifton Springs, NY. Her creative soul came to life at a young age with drawings, illustrations, painting and her ability to play the piano by ear. Art was Ann’s passion at Midlakes High School, and as she ventured to Kent State to pursue graphic arts but ultimately graduated from FLCC. Throughout her career, Ann took several arts courses and was self taught. She was a prolific illustrator for the Finger Lakes Times during the 1980s, as well as a designer of business cards and brochures. It was also at this time that Ann discovered silk as a medium and used objects of nature to create whimsical, as well as exquisite images. Continuing her artistic pursuit, Ann began her residential and commercial sign making business in the studio of her home, a barn on her property. Her work may be found throughout our community, including as you enter and exit the Village of Phelps, her hometown for over 50 years. Ann considered her home and studio as sanctuaries and her creations adorned her house from sky painted ceilings to a plant covered garden room and a bathroom painted like you were lost in a glorious woods. Ann loved to be surrounded by nature, animals and color. She could identify so many birds by song, flowers by sight and all sorts of creatures wandering her backyard. It was then she learned to carve birds out of wood… small masterpieces of nature.

Known as Awesome Ann, she exuded fun, beauty inside and out and a giving spirit to her family and all who came to know her. Her many rescued furry companions worshipped the ground she walked on and each held a special place in her heart.

While living in the FLX, Ann lead significant fund raising events for The House of John and was involved with many other nature, garden and animal organizations throughout her life. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Bread Box, a local food bank in MT, and continued her mission to rescue abandoned animals.

Ann will be dearly missed and her loved ones are committed to her living legacy in the arts, birds, nature and rescue animals. There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Ann’s Life will be held on May 21, 2022 at 11AM at the United Church of Phelps with Rev. Jamie Tyrrell officiating. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Ontario Pathways or charity of your choice in Ann’s honor.

In closing, the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is a summation of Ann’s life….she was one lovely human being….


          To laugh often and much;

          To win respect of the intelligent people

          And the affection of children;

          To earn the appreciation of honest critics

          And to endure the betrayal of false friends;

          To appreciate beauty;

          To find the best in others;

          To leave the world a bit better 

          Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

          Or a redeemed social condition;

          To know that one life has breathed easier

          Because you have lived here.

          This is to have succeeded.

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Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 2022
United Church of Phelps
58 Main Street
Phelps, New York, United States