PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Rita B. Shannon, 89, died Saturday, April 23, 2013, at her assisted living residence in Port Orange, Fla., where she was a resident for the last 27 months. Rita was born on Dec. 3, 1923, in Escanaba and the daughter of John and Edna (Dubord) Pepin.
Rita was eighth in the line of 12 children. After attending Escanaba High School, Rita earned an degree in education at Eastern Michigan University. She spent a lot of time with three deaf cousins and was inspired to later become a teacher of the deaf. She worked many jobs during college and paid her own way.
Rita's hobbies included painting, collecting antiques, and embroidery. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and her six grandchildren.
She met her husband Edwin "Bud" Shannon at an American Legion dance and they married on Christmas Day in 1949. She and Bud lived in Lansing and Linwood, Mich., before retiring and moving to Gladstone. While in Linwood she led the establishment of a library for St. Annes School. Their home in Gladstone was a former church rectory which they moved and then restored.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Edwin Shannon; and her nine brothers, Henry, Victor, Raymond, Wilfred, Lester, Ernest, Donald, Francis "Yank," and Leonard Pepin.
Rita Shannon's survivors include, three sons, John (Carol) Shannon of Fort Worth, Texas, Dan (Cindy) Shannon of Green Bay, Wis., Peter (Robin) Shannon of Saint Johns, Mich.; one daughter, Cindy Shannon Camp of Edgewater, Fla.; two sisters, Sr. Loraine Pepin of Adrian, Mich., Theresa Rathfoot of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Craig and Brian Shannon; Kathy Johnson, Alyssa Whitehouse, Kevin Camp and Shannon Billau; six great-grandchildren, Summer and Alexa Whitehouse, Ava and Parker Shannon, Jack Johnson and Oliver Billau; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m. at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba led by Rev. Fr. Daryl Pepin followed by a luncheon in the church hall. Rita will be laid to rest in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Escanaba.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations can be made to the National Parkinsons Foundation or a charity of the donors choice.
The Shannon family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.