Bernice Shepherd (born 1914; died November 2006) was the head of housekeeping at East End Memorial Hospital in East Lake.
She and her husband George were long-time residents of the red house used for years as the home of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Through their support of the park, they eventually sold their home for use as the park's nature center. After George suffered a stroke, they moved to an apartment in Roebuck.
The park replaced the old house with its new Tree Top Nature Center in 2010.
- Singleton, William C. (November 26, 2006) "Love for nature is legacy." The Birmingham News