Shannon Savoie

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Shannon Renee' (Garst) Savoie of Pearland, Texas passed away Wednesday January 25, 2012, at her home surrounded by family and a loving hospice nurse. Shannon was born October 13, 1968, to Steve Garst and Diane (Funderburg) Hale in Conroe, Texas. She grew up in Pearland, and graduated from Pearland High School in 1987. Growing up she lived next door to a boy she came to recognize as the love of her life and in 1989 she married her childhood sweetheart, Mark Savoie. Mark acknowledged the love first and when he first said "I think I love you" she typically replied, "I think I like you too." Like quickly turned to love and that love brought three beautiful children into their lives. She loved her three kids like no other ever could. Her love for her kids extended to the love for many kids. She started working at Robin's Nest, a day-care center in Pearland, where she eventually became the manager. From that beginning, she expanded her horizons to manage not one, but two, Primrose Day Care centers in the Pearland area. She had a degree from the University of Hard Knocks and she used her education wisely in her love of life, family, friends and her professional career.

During her brief life she felt the bitter air of the North Sea, tasted the Haggis in Scotland, wandered the streets of Belgium, drank the wine in France, swam in the waters of Mexico, graced the ski slopes of the Rockies, sailed the Caribbean, leapt from the cliffs of the Ozark lakes, escaped to the piney woods, navigated the waters of the Buffalo River and cherished every moment. She shared the greatest adventure of a lifetime with Mark and her family. She was a precious daughter, devoted wife, loving mother and caregiver to many. She was our angel that flew too close to the ground, graced our lives all too briefly with her beautiful smile and carefree charm and then flew away (too soon for all of us), to be an angel on a higher plane where she will no doubt become a caregiver at a far greater level.

She is preceded in death by grandparents, Fred and Jewel Garst and Harlan and Eleanor Funderburg all of Conroe, Texas.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mark Savoie and his parents, Leroy and Rose Savoie all of Pearland; by her adoring father, Steve Garst and wife Cheryl of Little Elm, Texas; by her best friend, lifelong companion and mother, Diane Hale of Pearland; by her three wonderful children, Brandon (22), Bradley (19) and Brooke (14) of Pearland; by her close, lifelong friend and brother, Sean Garst and wife Dee of Flippin, Arkansas; by her devoted brother, Lee Hale of Pearland; by brother-in-law, Phil Savoie and wife Karen of Pearland and by a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

A tribute to her life will be held on Saturday February 4, 2012, at 11:00 AM at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546. A celebration of her life will continue after the memorial service at the home of Leroy and Rose Savoie in Pearland. Her wishes were to be cremated and at a later date, her earthly remains will be spread upon the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas, a place she loved so much, where she will forever live near her brother Sean and in the hearts of all of us who loved her dearly.

As a lover of all children, Shannon would appreciate a donation in her name to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607.

"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind, is not to die." Thomas Campbell

Condolences may be sent to the Savoie family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at


Published on from Jan. 30 to Feb. 12, 2012