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  • Shirley Shannon, 62, of 13750 East Depler Springs Highway, Lewistown, died Tuesday (July 21, 2009). She was born in Norfolk, Va., on May 4, 1947, to Charles and Mary (Cartwright) Shannon. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents.

     

Shirley Shannon 1947-2009

 

 

Shirley Shannon, 62, of 13750 East Depler Springs Highway, Lewistown, died Tuesday (July 21, 2009). She was born in Norfolk, Va., on May 4, 1947, to Charles and Mary (Cartwright) Shannon. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents.
Shirley is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Petkus of Gurnee; two nieces, Chris (Paul) Novotny of Antioch and Jennifer Petkus of Cazenovia, Wis.; and a grandnephew, Mullen Novotny. Survivors also included Shirley's three stepsisters: Ellie (Lou) Giannetti of Park Ridge and Mary Lou Francis and Jean-Marie Travaine of California.
Shirley attended high school in Waukegan. After completing high school, she attended Illinois State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in English. Shirley later received her master's degree in English from Western Illinois University.
Shirley got her first teaching position at Lewistown Community High School in 1969. She claimed that she got the position because she was "so excited about teaching 'Spoon River Anthology' in the community where Masters had come from and where her high school English teacher, John Rhinehart, had grown up." She remained at Lewistown all 39 years of her teaching career, teaching an English IV class even after she retired so that the school could continue offering college credit for the class.
Shirley not only taught her students in the classroom but also offered them opportunities to learn about life, literature, and theatre in Oak Hill Cemetery, in the theatres of Chicago, and in Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus in London. Many of the students that Shirley taught in recent years were children of students that she had loved and nurtured when she first came to Lewistown. To many of her students she was not just a teacher but also a friend, a confidante, a mentor, a hero, and an inspiration.
Shirley also taught freshman composition at the prison in Canton through Spoon River College and ICC. She helped the men there to improve their writing skills and their other communication skills. She was a feisty lady always ready to take on another challenge.
Shirley not only dedicated her life to Lewistown Community High School and the field of education but also to Fulton County as a whole. She was an active member of the Lewistown Presbyterian Church for 39 years, where she served on the Session of the church. She was a member and past president of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Shirley expressed her fondness and concern for animals as a member and past president of the Humane Society of Fulton County.
She shared her love for the theatre with the Fulton County Playhouse, directing plays like "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" and "Rumors" and acting in productions like "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Bye Bye Birdie." More recently Shirley worked with the newly formed Many Lights Productions in Canton, where she performed in "Doubt" last fall.
When she came to Fulton County, Shirley gave herself unreservedly to the people and the community.
Services for Shirley Shannon will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Lewistown High School auditorium. The Rev. Danie deBeer will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the Shirley Shannon Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Ipava State Bank.
To view Shirley's life tribute video or send condolences, visit www.henrylange.com.

 

 

 

 

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