Cannelton, Indiana - Mary L. (Shephard) Paris of Cannelton, died at 5:25 PM Wednesday February 25, 2004 at Owensboro Medical Health System in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mary was born May 20, 1923 in Perry County, daughter of the late James Henry and Maude Kieser Shephard. She was a 1941 graduate of Troy High School and completed several bookkeeping courses. On March 27, 1948 she was united in marriage in Evansville, Indiana to Nelson R. Paris who survives. Mary was employed as manager of the Lincoln Trail Motel and Restaurant for many years. She also was manager of the former Ashley's in Tell City. She attended First Baptist Church in Lewisport, Kentucky and was a member of a senior citizens group. Mary had many interests, including gardening, quilting, sewing, crocheting and walking. She enjoyed decorating and cooking, especially for holidays, and enjoyed spending time with her family. Mary was caregiver for her father for twenty years before his death. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Francis Shephard, three sisters, Ruth Hamma, Vivian Mullen and Cecil Shephard. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Nelson R. Paris, three sons, Denny Paris and his wife, Joann, Jerry Paris and his wife Marie, Randy Paris and his wife Mary, all of Cannelton, and one daughter, Jennifer Paris of Evansville, IN, one sister, Betty Dickman, Noblesville, IN, two brothers, Maurice Shephard and Merle Shephard, both of Cannelton, IN. There are eight grandchildren, Vicki Paris, Julie Utley, Denise Groves, Dawn Paris- Smith, Michael Paris, Tricia Goodrich, Julie Jones and Tracy Paris. There are nineteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews surviving. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM EST Saturday, February 28, 2004 at Huber Funeral Home, 129 N. 6th St. Cannelton, IN. Bro.Arthur Morris will officiate. Burial is in Chestnut Grove Cemetery near Cannelton. Friends may call from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday and 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM Saturday at Huber Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Perry County Chapter. Messages of condolence may be made at

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