May 31, 1930 ~ January 8, 2020

Born in: Leeds, UK
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Constance (Connie) Shannon, 89, of Asheville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2020.

Connie was born in Leeds, UK, May 31, 1930. She grew up as one of 2 sisters, and studied at Pitmans Secretarial College in Yorkshire. Connie married Mike Shannon of London on July 18, 1951. Connie and Mike had two daughters, Helen and Margaret, while living in England and before their immigration to the United States in June 1957. The Shannon family settled in Texas, where Connie and Mike raised two additional children, Michael and Keith. Connie and Mike became naturalized citizens in 1971.

Connie had a strong Christian faith and was passionate about helping others in need. In 1965, she founded and directed the Plano Cooperative Preschool – a time of her life that she cherished with great fondness for the Plano community and many lifelong friendships.

Connie had a great love for art, and enjoyed visiting galleries and creating her own art. She loved gardening, adored the vast open spaces of Texas, and enjoyed sharing the night sky view of her favorite constellation, Pleiades. Connie always had a few budgerigars or canaries about the house. She had wonderful memories of England and peppered her conversations with stories about her childhood. She had a bit of a sweet tooth and savored many English treats, including trifle and fruitcake with marzipan.

Connie’s husband Mike, her sister Euphemia, and her daughter Helen (Garza) preceded her in death. Connie is survived by their remaining 3 children: Margaret Ann (Osborne), Michael John Robin (wife MaryBeth Frosco) and Keith Anthony (wife Robynn Shannon); 8 grandchildren: Candice, Benjamin and Elizabeth Osborne; Maria Allen (nee Garza), Anna Garza, Nick Garza, Carlos Garza and Euphemia Zmroczek (nee Garza); and 8 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Connie Shannon to the Catholic Charities USA at 2050 Ballenger Ave Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 (or 800-919-9338).

A service to honor Connie’s life will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Family will receive friends following the service.

Her final resting place will be with her husband and daughter Helen at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Plano TX.

Services

Memorial Service: January 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. She was a beautiful soul. We shared an appreciation for art and had animated conversations about it whenever we got the chance. I’m so glad I got to know her and be her friend.

  2. Dearest Shannon Family and Friends, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I will never forget Aunty Connie and Uncle Mickey’s incredibly warm hospitality shown towards me when I stayed with them in Richmond, Virginia those many years ago. I have followed Aunty Connie on Facebook for many years now and have laughed, and cried with her over the many events she has shared. As uncle Mickey has been, so will she be sorely missed. Much love and prayers are being sent your way. Your distant cousin, Moya (Uncle Mickey’s sisters’ granddaughter – in South Africa) xxx

  3. Connie, has been a wonderful friend to me. She shared freely her great joys, her deep sorrows, her artistic delights, her philosophical/theological/political pondering, love of family and her dear German Sheppard’s. Connie had a varacious appetite for Sacred Scripture and The Presence of The Darling Savior in her Life. “Well Done Good And Faithful Servant!” My life is better for having walked with you! I’ll see you in the Eternal Kingdom, by His Amazing Grace! Brother-David

  4. My Grandmother was such a wonderful and very special person in my life. I will always remember her as a busy and thoughtful person. We will miss her deeply. Maria, Glen, Geary, Lilly and Fenix.

  5. Connie was my very dear friend. I had the honor and privilege of being her friend and caregiver for several years.
    During that time, I came to know that she had navigated through the calms and storms of the ocean of life like a fine sailing ship, leaving in her wake a legacy of love, Mentoring and caring for her family, friends, and hundreds of others.
    We achieved the trust to share our deepest thoughts and concerns, never doubted each other’s loyalty, and any dissatisfaction we ever had with each other was never held back and met, on both sides without anger, judgment, or criticism.
    She was always Intensely interested in, and considerate of, the preferences, needs, and requirements of others. She was a person of principles, honor, and integrity.
    She placed a top priority on her spiritual life, and stayed on a constant and lovingly seeking journey with regularity. Shortly after Beginning attendance with me at my Christian spiritual family, she was embraced by all very quickly as a result of her wry sense of humor, caring, wisdom, and poignant inquiry.
    When my current wife Janeth came into my life from the other side of the world, Connie was there for us with sage advice, concerns, and interest, sharing the entire saga of our courtship and attending our wedding in June 2019.
    She embraced us both and treated us like family. She was like a second mom to us and we will miss her deeply.
    Much LOVE❣️
    Chip and Janeth

  6. I enjoyed my time with Connie learning about her fascinating experiences over tea occasionally. I also have a sweet tooth, so often we would talk of our favorite tea-time pastries. She was a sweet lady, very talented and I will miss her.

  7. Addendum: we shared a plethora of smiles and laughter….along with love……the two greatest things in life❣️

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