Service will be on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 1 p.m. at White Rose Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Davis officiating. Mudd-Veach Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Dean Bragg was born August 14, 1941 in Bowling Green, MO to Mahmud Abdelnassar (Leonard Bragg Sr) and Frances Mae (Grimmett) Bragg. She was married to Gordon Richard Shepherd on March 6, 1964. Survivors include a son Donald Dwayne Bragg (Nina Michelle) of Fayetteville, NC; a daughter Deneen (Nina) Michele Shepherd of Bowling Green; one brother, Leonard Bragg Jr (Virginia) of Fayette, MO; four sisters Kathy Wright, Carmen Gilmore, Marquita Taylor, Kai Abdelnassar (Tempree Hayes) all of Kansas City, MO; two grandsons Oliver (Fred) Hutt (Tiffany) of Columbia, MO and Donzell Willis (Meagan) of Minneapolis, MN; seven great-grandchildren Quincy and Olivia Hutt of Louisiana, MO; Kwiezon Bausley and Ovian Hutt of Columbia, MO; Adriana, Javon and Anastasia Willis of Minneapolis, MN; three god-grandchildren Mirrande Morgan, Maurice Morgan, and Emee Dunn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Also left behind to mourn her death are special cousin/daughters Bettie (Florence) Johnson (BJ) of Springfield, IL and Dawn (Grimmett) Bell of Bowling Green; and a devoted step-mother Aisha (Dixon) Abdelnassar of Kansas City, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Frank and Anna Mae Grimmett and her son Corey Eugene Shepherd.
A lifetime member of White Rose Baptist Church, Betty worked at Pike County Hospital for seven years as a nurses’ aide before attend Pike-Lincoln Technical School where she graduated as a practical nurse in 1979. Upon licensure, she worked as an LPN for 23 years at a local nursing home. She loved her patients and residents and enjoyed it tremendously when their family and friends came up to her with fond memories of her care.
Betty’s interests included reading everything possible especially African American history and literature. She enjoyed knitting, working jig saw puzzles, cooking, and playing games. She loved teaching Nina, Bettie, and Dawn all of their Grandma Mae’s notorious soul food dishes.
Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Her greatest joy and accomplishment was simply being a mother.