Shannan Rose Gordon
Shannan's life of 24 years was tragically taken on April 16, 2016. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, music was the joy and driving force of this radiant being, and she gifted the world with her song. Inspired by her mother's love of music, Shannan eagerly and fearlessly began her own musical journey. As early as 5 she performed solos with The Celebration adult choirs, Christmas pageants from pony drawn carriages, sang graduation tributes, sports opening ceremonies, FSU children's choir, Water Oak Plantation Children's Ensemble choir and Chiles' Belle Chantique, and anywhere else her heart felt a tune or the opportunity presented itself including impromptu sing-a-longs with family and friends. Shannan's voice soared and lifted with it those in her presence.
She played violin from the age of 6, through Deer Lake and Chiles Orchestras and with the help of her dad, picked up guitar along the way. She was a competitive gymnast for 8+ years, relentless in effort, ranking 2nd in the state for age group. She then moved on to competitive synchronized swimming for her next challenge.
Camp Dovewood culminated her love of the outdoors, horses and God, making easy friendships with girls otherwise ignored. Friend to the friendless, from camper to mentor, a perfect fit. Shannan's creativity and attention to detail allowed her to flourish in numerous areas including song writing, mixing, composing, jewelry making and cooking.
Shannan felt deeply, loved with abandon and sought solace in her music for her sensitive and boundless spirit in this constrictive world. She is singing now, for that there's no doubt, joined in harmony by the birds, trees and wind. The voice of her heart and soul lingers with those she laughed, loved and played with. You are so missed Shanny, our eternal Shannan Rose.
Shannan is survived by her father and mother, David and Shawn Gordon, siblings: Amber and Chase Rolling and Kayla Gordon. Grandmother, "Nana" Maida Gordon. Aunt Elaine and Uncle Rick Donof, cousins Scot and Fina. Grandparents David and Reba Southerland. Uncle Brad and Aunt Lori Southerland, cousins Joseph, Ashley and William, Aunt Mary Rolling and cousins Patrick and Heather Southerland.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 22nd at 2pm at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road. A catered reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Victims Advocacy Program.
Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 21, 2016.