Shannon Pilon McNeeley, adored mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, godmother, and great lady, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the age of 65. She joined her late parents, Lester and Margaret "Pat" Pilon, and her beloved little brother, Mitchell J. Pilon, to help watch over their family forever and ever.
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1947, Shannon was the eldest daughter of eight children. She and her siblings grew up in rural Ohio, and the whole family moved to Athens in 1970 to start a new life.
Shannon began a family of her own and developed a vast community of friends, colleagues, and admirers from all walks and ages. She retired from the radiology department of St. Mary's Hospital in 2000, and spent the better part of her life doing the things she loved most: painting, drawing, sewing, writing, and cooking for those she loved.
She is survived by entirely too many to mention, but there are four special people who will always call her "My Mother:" Jeremy McNeeley, Meghan McNeeley (husband, Travis Perkins), Matthew McNeeley (wife, Hillary Gaunt), and Ryan McNeeley, all of the Athens area. Michael Pilon, Eileen Pilon Bromley, Mark Pilon, Sean Pilon, Kevin Pilon, and Pegeen Weinhold will miss their sister tremendously. Her grandchildren (Aiden Michael McNeeley, Ayden Lux Perkins and Sullivan Joseph McNeeley) as well as numerous nieces and nephews will all say good night prayers for Nana and Aunt Shannon for years and years to come.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, at the Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, 4355 Lexington Road, Athens.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 134 Prince Avenue, Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - East Chapel
4355 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605
Published in Athens Banner-Herald from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2012