I didn't have a lot of time to put together this video and, between getting obituaries placed, collecting and editing photos and; keeping an eye on two energetic boys, I just had to keep it simple. I apologize if there are duplicate photos.
A final version will be produced in the coming days and posted here and on the Jessica Shepherd Fund Page.
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Jessica Colleen (Buckley) Shepherd, Mother, Daughter, Marine and Lexington High School Graduate, Dies at 31
BOSTON, September 4, 2011 - Jessica Colleen (Buckley) Shepherd of Londonderry, NH (formerly of Lexington, MA), a job counselor for military veterans, former Marine Sergeant and Iraq War Veteran, died from complications of esophageal cancer Saturday, September 03, 2011 at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston. She was 31.
Born in 1980, Jessica (Buckley) Shepherd graduated from Lexington High School in 1998 and later graduated summa cum laude Northeastern University in 2002 with a degree in political science. She also received her Master's degree from Webster University with a degree in International Relations.
Following her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Shepherd enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a crew chief on heavy-lift Marine helicopters. In 2005, former Marine Sgt. Shepherd was deployed to the Gulf Coast region, to aid in search and rescue operations, following Hurricane Katrina and in 2006, aided in the evacuation of U.S. Citizens from Lebanon after war broke out between Israel and Hezbollah.
Mrs. Shepherd was married in 2007, after she met her future husband, Staff Sgt. Brandon Shepherd with whom she served in the same helicopter squadron during her time in the military.
Mrs. Shepherd was also a young mother, recently giving birth to a son, Keegan Edward, in July 2010.
"Jessica was a selfless and humble individual who always worked hard to help others. She never once wanted recognition for her efforts. She served her country, she cared for her family and was devoted mother," said brother-in-law, Raymond Santos.
Jessica embraced her love of travel, visiting in Belize, Mexico and Italy in high school, teaching English in China after college and deploying to Europe and the Middle East during the her military service.
Although her military career brought her to North Carolina, and throughout the world, her Boston roots remained strong as she always considered herself a Bostonian. She was a life-long Red Sox fan and enjoyed local music, including the Drop Kick Murphys.
In high school, Mrs. Shepherd played ice hockey and took part in helping to establish the first-ever female hockey team, "The Minute Maids" in Lexington, MA. She was elected co-captain.
In addition to her husband and one year-old son, Keegan, Mrs. Shephard leaves behind her parents, Edward and Diana Buckley of Londonderry, NH and sister, Danielle Santos of Jamaica Plain, all formerly of Lexington, MA.
A funeral service will be held at St. Brigid's Church in Lexington, MA, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM.
Visiting Hours for Jessica Colleen (Buckley) Shepherd will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington, MA, on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Jessica Shepherd Fund, 2963 Washington St., #4, Boston, MA 02119, or at www.jessicashepherdfund.org.