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Constance Shannon


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Shannon, Constance (Connie)



Constance Shannon (Connie) was born to her parents, Doris and Bill Shannon, on January 18, 1952, in Columbia, Missouri. Her death occurred on June 9, 2016 at Gentiva Hospice facility in Lovelace Hospital.

Her father, an Air Force Pilot, was killed in Viet Nam in 1965.

Survivors include, her mother and step-father, Doris and Gabriel Sahd; siblings, Ron (and Helen Walthier) Shannon of Tucson, AZ, Cheryl (and Mark) Wilcox of Klamath Falls, OR, Jerry (and LeeMei) Shannon of Atlanta, GA, and Tanya (and Steve) Schula of Omaha, NE; her children, Yvette (and Greg) Wilson of Albuquerque and David (and Christine) Gallegos of Edgewood, NM; grandchildren, Joan Yazze-Gallegos, Thomas Arredondo, Kyle Arredondo, Elizabeth Arredondo, and Matt Arredondo.

She was first married to Jake Gallegos, the father of her children. Later, she was married to Pat Herrera, who pre-deceased her. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Connie was awarded both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at UNM, specializing in Special Education for behaviorally disordered children. She was an honor student in these programs and admitted to Phi Kappa Phi honor society, for her outstanding academic achievement. She became a special education teacher and had experience in Bernalillo, Los Lunas, and Highland High School in Albuquerque. Later, she moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where she taught, as well. She was nominated for Outstanding Special Education Teacher of the Year. It was there that she was injured severely by one of her students. That injury and the failed surgeries that followed soon after changed her life forever. She was never able to return to the career she loved so much and in which she demonstrated great talent and creativity. She moved to Oregon and later to Washington (state) and devoted her creativity to several activities, including jewelry making and artistic scroll-saw work on exotic woods. She was so talented that she marketed her work both locally and internationally. Eventually, her physical limitations caused her to move back to New Mexico to be near her family.

As per her request, no funeral service will be held. However, a simple memorial service will be held at Albuquerque First Baptist Church, 4101 Paseo Del Norte, NW at 3:00 o'clock on June 13, 2016.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 12, 2016
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