Ray Shepherd was born in Fielding in 1915 and Elva in Whakatane in 1919 (her father was a farmer). Both attended Feilding High School. Thos Borthwick and Sons featured in their lives; Ray rose to be District Manager while Elva joined the firm in the office, met Ray and they were married in 1941. They were an extremely close couple, good at outdoor bowls; in fact Elva won the senior championship in Fielding.
Ray and Elva moved to Tauranga in 1974. Ray’s father had been a carpenter and those skills must have rubbed off on Ray as he bought and renovated houses.
Ray died on 20 September 1996 after a lengthy illness. Elva established the Ray and Elva Shepherd fund within the Acorn Foundation to benefit selected charities that were dear to her heart. The fund is also a memorial to her much loved Ray.
Elva passed away aged 92 in January 2011.
"I wanted to see other people benefiting from what my husband and I have worked and saved so hard for. This give me a reals sense of joy." Elva Shepard