Norma Kay Shannon peacefully passed away January 31, 2022.
Norma was born March 24, 1930 in Flint, Michigan, she was the oldest of two children to Glenn and Margaret (Waite) Brewer. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and Girard, Ohio. She met her husband, Richard Shannon, on a blind date in Michigan. They married in Hollywood Hills, California, where both of their parents had retired. Over the years they lived in several states and eventually retired in Kansas City to be close to her daughter and youngest son’s families.
Her husband, Richard, died in 2012 after 59 years of marriage.
Those family members who mourn the loss of Norma are her children, Craig and Adele Shannon of Knoxville, IA, Tom and Kathy Sievert of Shawnee, KS, and Scott and Maria Shannon of Overland Park, KS; 11 living grandchildren (granddaughter Jennifer passed away in 2015) Galen and Livija Boerema of Raleigh, NC, Luke and Tracey Shannon of Naperville, IL, John and Lisa Schlesselman of Lenexa, KS, Seth and Avery Shannon of Jackson, MS, Richard and Anne Owens of Greenwood, MS, Ryan Shannon and fiance’ Robbie Harriford of Kansas City, MO, Mark and Jaclyn Sievert of Green Cove, FL, Stephen and Chentell Shannon of Kansas City, MO, Laura Shannon and fiance’ Cooper Malin of Dixon, MT, Marina Shannon of Jackson, MS, and Max and Emma Shannon of Prairie City, IA; and 21 great grandchildren.
Norma received her RN degree from Hurley Hospital in Flint in 1950. She worked as a nurse for a few years until her children were born and then was a stay-at-home Mom until her children were well into their school years. She continued employment as a nurse until she retired at the age of 80!
Norma and Richard both came from a difficult home life. All they wanted out of life when they married was a good marriage. They began to read the Bible as a kind of “good luck charm” shortly after their marriage. It was the All-American thing to do at the time. It couldn’t hurt.
At that time Richard and Norma were not seeking God; they were not looking for a good church – they rarely attended church; they didn’t read Christian books or magazines. They simply read the Bible together. Eventually, however, as they read the Bible, it became not just another book but Truth itself. It led them to realize they needed the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross 2,000 years ago, and His resurrection from the dead, to pay for their sins and make them right with God.
Norma never wavered in her faith. She was on a lifelong quest for continual growth in her relationship with God through Jesus. Her faith in Christ’s death as payment for her sins and her desire to live a godly life were always paramount. Like all Christians, she had a truly miraculous conversion.
God has gathered another one of His children to heaven. Norma will be dearly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kansas, on March 13, 2022 at 2:00 o’clock. The service will be livestreamed here .
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinsons Exercise and Wellness Center , 3665 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66206 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Heart of America Chapter , 2405 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108.