Frances Shannon Kooken Shaw, 92, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (June 13, 2010) surrounded by her family. She had been a patient in Memorial Hospital in Springfield. Frances was born March 9, 1918, in Pike County, near Louisiana, Mo., to John Shannon and Ruth Moore Shannon who lived in the Hickory Grove community. She attended grade school in the Hickory Grove (Mo.) community, Louisiana (Mo.) High School, and nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy. Frances worked in nursing from 1938 until 1988. She was employed as supervising nurse at St. Mary's before leaving to become director of nursing at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. She left Quincy in 1967 to move to Alexandria, La., and worked as head nurse in vocational rehab at Central Louisiana State Hospital. Frances truly had a passion for helping others. She moved to Springfield in February 2002, where she resided until her death. Frances cherished her family and enjoyed spending time with all of them. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and loved cheering them on. She was married to Ralph Kooken, who is deceased, and they had three sons, Ron Kooken of Quincy who married Ann Stockhecke, Gerald Kooken of Springfield who married Mary Jane Fee, and Dennis Kooken who was in a fatal car accident in 1966. She married L.E. "Duke" Shaw in 1967. He died in 1986. Also surviving in addition to her sons and daughters-in-law are two grandsons, John Kooken and his wife, Tara, of Springfield, and Doug Kooken and his wife, Maria, of Omaha, Neb.; one granddaughter, Laurie Gilbert and her husband, Ryan, of Quincy; and five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kaylee Kooken, Tyler and Brooks Kooken and Brody Gilbert. Another great-granddaughter is expected in September. Also preceding her in death were a brother, Alfred; a grandson, Dennis Kooken in March of 2002; and R.D. Gray, a longtime friend in the state of Louisiana. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Quincy Memorial Park Chapel. Her desire was to be an organ donor and to be cremated. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 4 to July 6, 2010