PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Mary Ellen Shannahan, 89, of Pittsfield, died Thursday (Aug. 1, 2013) in Liberty Village, Pittsfield. Born Sept. 28, 1923, near El Dara. She was a daughter, one of 12 children, born to Harry and Luella Miles Dolbeare. Mary Ellen married Keith E. Shannahan on June 28, 1947, in Hannibal, Mo. He died on Aug. 20, 2010. Mary Ellen was a retired school teacher and taught in various Pike County schools including Baylis for many years, and also taught at Mound School at the beginning of her teaching career. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Baylis. She enjoyed traveling out West with Keith, and she was especially pleased with their wedding celebrations, the 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 at Shoshone Lodge near the East entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and their 60th wedding anniversary at Estes Park, Colorado. Mary Ellen also enjoyed cooking, reading, and being around the extended family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Gary (Betty) Shannahan of Mount Zion,and Mike (Paulette) Shannahan of Cheney, Wash.; along with five grandchildren, Kelli Shannahan (Ian Carbis) of Gurnee, Ryan (Janelle) Shannahan of Avery, Idaho, Hillary (Randy) Robbins of Spokane, Wash., Jennifer Shannahan of Pearl City, Hawaii, Corey Shannahan of Cheney, Wash.; and four great grandchildren; Emma, Noah, and Connor Shannahan, and Isaiah Carbis; one brother, Raymond Dolbeare of Louisiana, Mo.; and two sisters, Anna Clark of Kinderhook, and Georgia Massey of Yucca Valley, Calif. Mary Ellen was also preceded in death by her grandson, Mark Andrew Shannahan. SERVICES: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, with Al Laird conducting. Interment will be in the Pittsfield West Cemetery. VISITATION: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday before services in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: United Methodist Church of Baylis. ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. WEBSITE: www.nieburfh.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2013