Frances Ada Shannon

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LAURINBURG — Her life began on Dec. 5, 1921 in Gaston County, and whilst she was still a child the world was hit by the Great Depression.

Frances Ada Terrell's family moved from boarding house to boarding house as jobs opened and closed with the job market. A home or a permanent residence was just a dream. With little to use, young Frances honed her skills in sewing and doll making. What she lacked in material possessions was more than compensated by her love and appreciation for others and for her few possessions.

Raised as a Southern Baptist, she later married and became a Presbyterian.

Shaped by her early foundation, Frances later became a loving wife and mother to five. As if her husband and family were not enough, she served as an active community volunteer with the Red Cross Bloodmobile, the American Cancer Society, the Scotland County Medical Auxiliary, her garden club, and with the Daughters of the American Revolution Stamp Defiance.

Following her husband's retirement, they moved away and she returned to her Southern Baptist roots, bringing along her husband with her, and he even taught a Sunday school class. As in this world is permanent, the couple returned to Laurinburg and to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

Frances was lovingly holding her daughter Ann's hand, watching her and listening to her when she left this world at 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015.

Left behind are her husband Dr. George W. Shannon, her daughters Sandra Hoffman (Randy) of Laurinburg, Ann Jenkins (Len), Karen Shannon, and Carol Moore of Wilmington, her son George Shannon, Jr. of Billings, Montana, her grandchildren Jim Heller (Tracy), Laura Pold, Bryan Heller (Jane), Grey Davis (Rebekah), Kristy Smith (Nick), Kent Moore, George W. Shannon, III, and Hunter Shannon, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Shannon will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church and burial will follow at 2:55 p.m. at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River.

Visitation will be from 3–5 p.m. on Friday at the McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium.

Memorials may be made to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

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McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium
305 East Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28353
(910) 276-2200
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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2015