Betty J. Shannon, 80

Betty J. Shannon, 80, of Wilmington, Del. and Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008. A proud graduate of the Wilmington General Hospital Training School for Nurses, she was a licensed registered nurse and dedicated her life to caring for others, often canvassing the neighborhood to solicit donations for charitable organizations. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandsons, playing pinochle and was a crossword puzzle enthusiast. She and her family spent summers at “the beach house” in Ocean View since the 1950’s.

Shannon was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John T. Shannon. She is survived by her six children, Cheryl Markiewicz and her husband, Robert, of Hockessin, Del., Colleen Smith and her husband, Fred, of Wilmington, Del., Elizabeth “Betsy” Christian of Dagsboro, Del., Jacquelyn Shannon Gaunt and her husband, John, of Redington Shores, Fla.; Jean Rickards and her husband, Hank, of Georgetown, Del., and Michael Shannon of Ocean View, Del.; four grandsons, Justin Markiewicz, Brian Christian, Brett and Dane Smith; six siblings, Louise Berry, Howard Everett, Allen Everett, Peggy Snow, LeRoy Everett and Shirley Steele; and her good friend of 60 years, Ginny DiGennaro.

A viewing and service to honor her life was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, with interment in All Saints Cemetery, Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, DE; or a charity of the giver’s choice.