|MARGARET JOYCE SHEPHERD CORNETT
Margaret Joyce Shepherd Cornett was born on December 14, 1931, to Troy and Della Shepherd in Benham,
Kentucky. She married Raydean Cornett of Linefork, Kentucky and to this marriage were born five children, Jessie
Francis Cornett-Smith, Michael Ray Cornett, John David Cornett, Richard Earl Cornett, and Judith Elaine Cornett-
Boggs, twelve grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Margaret’s twin brother, Morris, preceded her in
death. Two sisters and two brothers, Mary Francis Shepherd-Kinard, Gladys Elaine Shepherd-Pacheco, Charles
Troy Shepherd, and David Ray Shepherd survive her. Margaret and her siblings were blessed to live wholesome
lives filled with love and nurturing from their parents. They were taught good morals and respect and honored their
mother and father by following their religious teachings and examples. Margaret graduated from Kingdom Come
High School and went on to attend Berea College to study for her teaching degree. While at Berea College she
met her life-long friend, Francis Vansant-Edwards, whom remained her dearest friend until her passing.
Margaret was a virtuous woman and had faith in God and Jesus Christ. As a result she joined the Northern New
Home Church and was baptized in 1972 and at the time of her death, she was a member of the Hurricane Gap
Church. Margaret’s devotion in life was few but plentiful, faith in God and family love, both of which were in
abundant supply and given freely. Faith in God helped sustain her through life’s many struggles and family love
helped her raise her children. Wealth and strength are not always measured by money and physical strength.
Margaret was not wealthy in monetary sense nor was she physically strong. Her faith in God provided wealth
beyond compare, strength provided by family love enabled her to carry on. The legacy that Margaret leaves for
her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and future generations to come is very basic and has with-stood
the test of time. Faith in God and family love, these two things Margaret believed in most and instilled in her
children before leaving this world on July 6, 2002. There is no greater legacy in life than these that a mother can
leave her children. Margaret was laid to rest on July 8, 2002, at Monte Vista Cemetery.