“Forever and Always”\nIn the middle of a beautiful spring day, April 17, Verna, loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother peacefully left this earth surrounded by her family. She was born in Tremonton, Utah. The oldest of 5 children of Henry and Lila Thompson Jorgensen. The family moved to Provo, Utah where she attended school and graduated from Provo High in 1941. She married Stanford Ekins and later divorced. She married Oren Shepherd, the love of her life, June 12, 1969. Together they enjoyed traveling, golfing, yard-work, ceramics, spending time with family, and most of all being together.\nSurvived by husband, Oren; sons, Norman Ekins (Vickie); Duane Ekins (Karen); Elbridge Coochise (Leanne); stepchildren, Linda Mahana (Gene); Clark Shepherd (Barbie); Kathie Hill (Dean); Jeff Shepherd; Sandra Neil (Darren); 28 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; sister, Elsie Jarvis (Dick-deceased); brothers, Robert (Doris); John (Louise); Rod (Gayle).\nPreceded in death by her mother and father; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jolene.\nFuneral services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street, where friends and family may call Sunday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.