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Myrtle SheppardMyrtle Sheppard was born on April 1, 1891 in Sikeston, MO. She was a regional author with published works including poems, songs, stories, and plays. While living in Utah she wrote a column she called “Meandering Myrtle” for a local publication the Inter-Mountain Voice. She was also a school teacher and a nurse, gaining recognition from the state of Missouri for her work with the elderly.

Sheppard wrote in many genres, including poetry, prose, and plays.  Many of Sheppard's works relate directly to her life experiences.
Special Collections and Archives houses three scrapbooks of poems, songs, stories, and plays, some published, written by Myrtle Sheppard.  Also included are articles written about Sheppard shortly before her death in 1979.
Click on the links below to read some of Abernathy's works:
"Dad," a poem
"Summer is Gone," a poem
"To School Again," a poem
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