Judith Gwendolyn Williams Shannon, 79, of Houston, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Our sweet bird is now resting with the angels and is no longer suffering from the crippling pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Judy was born in Hammond, Indiana on October 26, 1936. She spent the first months after her birth sleeping in dresser drawers, traveling with her parents Janeace and Ken Williams who was a traveling auditor for Sinclair Oil. Houston soon became their permanent home.
Judy attended San Jacinto High School and was a proud member of the Golden Gauchos as a lasso twirler. She would laugh and comment that the skill didn’t exactly translate to a long term career. Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
She married James (Dennis) Shannon in 1958 and they settled in the Pearland area where he started a 37 year career with NASA.
Judy is survived by her loving husband and three wonderful children, twins Jennifer LeStourgeon (husband Greg) and Kenneth Shannon (wife Rona) and son John Shannon (wife Yvette). She is also survived by beloved sister Virginia Jones of Hills of Lakeway, Texas.
Judy is survived by nine grandchildren – Byron LeStourgeon, Brendan LeStourgeon, Stephanie Corbridge (husband Justin), Daniel Shannon (wife Katie), Chris Shannon (wife Sierra), Keith Shannon, Scott Shannon, Sarabeth Shannon, and Charlotte Shannon. Six great-grandchildren – Kinsler Corbridge, Braelynn Corbridge, Gwendolyn Corbridge, Wiley Shannon, Tyler Shannon and Adrian Shannon.
Judy is also survived by her special pals Dolly, LouLou, Charlie, and Bert.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Meerasahib and staff at the Deke Slayton Cancer Center for the excellent care Judy received during her continuing struggle with cancer.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jonathan E. Petering officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.
In lieu of flowers a donation to her favorite charities in Judy’s name would be appreciated. These include The Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall, Houston, Texas 77029 713-547-8623 www.houstonfoodbank.org or The Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, Texas 77054 713-748-0700 www.sohmission.org or the SPCA of Houston, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024 713-869-7722 www.houstonspca.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Shannon family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.