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Mary Constance Owens Shanahan


1958 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Mary Constance Owens Shanahan Obituary
March 20, 1958 - October 16, 2015 Mary often said, "We are not here for a long time, we are here for a good time," and she lived life by that rule. Mary succumbed to cancer on Friday Oct. 16th at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA at the age of 57. Born in Kansas City, MO on March 20, 1958, to Dr. Richard and Maxine Owens, she was the youngest to three beloved siblings. She attended high school at her much-loved Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City. Mary went west for college to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and graduated in 1980. After graduation, and a few detours, she eventually moved to California and began working for The Capital Group. It was there that she met her future husband, "the love of my life and reason for living", R. Michael Shanahan. They married on January 16, 1999 at their home in Indian Wells. Mike and Mary were long-standing patrons of, and fierce advocates for, education and especially the arts and sciences. Mary generously devoted her time by sitting on boards and countless committees for her high school and Gonzaga University. They also generously supported Harvey Mudd College, Stanford University, the California Science Center, and Rim of the World High School. Mary loved beautiful flowers, a bright and elegant wardrobe, Rock and Roll, the perfect dessert, extreme golf cart rides, the search for the perfect pool noodle, and art projects with her grandchildren. She treasured spending time with her family and friends in Kansas City, Lake Arrowhead, Los Angeles, Indian Wells, and her annual month-long vacation at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Above all, Mary was always happiest anywhere Mike Shanahan was. Big hearted to all that knew her, she was a phenomenal and loving caregiver, and intensely fair. Her strong spirit, contagious laugh, uncommon generosity, spirited conversations, and incredible kindness will be profoundly missed. Preceded in death by her mother, Maxine Owens; Survived by her husband, R. Michael Shanahan; Stepchildren: Kathleen Fisher (Bob Gruber); Keven (Julieann) Shanahan and Rob (Julie) Shanahan; cherished "GrandMary" to: Elaine Fisher, Reilly, Ashley, Connor, Jordon, and Tessa Shanahan; Father: Dr. Richard Owens; Siblings: Mike (Amy) Owens; Nancy Hodes and her children Monica, Eric, and Emily: Julie Lise and her children Evan and Chris; and her much loved assistant, Pablo Lopez. Celebrations of Mary's Life: 1:00pm, Sunday November 15th 2015, at The Vintage Club, 75001 Vintage Club West, Indian Wells, CA 92210. Call 760-862-2002 to be put on the admittance list. Please do not wear black; Mary loved color. Additional celebration: 4:00pm, Sunday December 6th 2015 at Notre Dame de Sion, 10631 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: , Coachella Valley Office, 69-730 Highway 111, Suite 100, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Notre Dame de Sion High School, Attn: Chris Broderick: Head of School, 10631 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114, , P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Many thanks to all of the caregivers in Mary's life. "Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we merrily meet in heaven" -Thomas More Arrangements made by Rose Mortuary in Palm Desert CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 8, 2015
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