Terry Shannon passed away on August 30, 2019 at her home in Ardsley, NY. In her last days she was surrounded and supported by her children and the exceptional attention of her loving caregivers.
Terry was the youngest of three daughters born to Martin and Agnes (Meehan) FitzGerald residing in Riverside, N.Y., born in The Republic of Ireland, Agnes from Kiltyclougher, County Leitrim, Connacht, and Martin from Galway, County Galway, Connacht. Terry is predeceased by her two older sisters, Agnes (FitzGerald) Sullivan, and Dorothy (FitzGerald) Carey.
A graduate of Seton Academy, and The College of New Rochelle, subsequent to completing her education, Terry worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. Her time with United was a source of pride as she stepped into adulthood with brave independence and her characteristic sense of adventure. Following World War II, Terry married Philip Mitchell Shannon, of Yonkers, New York to whom she was married until their divorce in 1979.
Terry held many professional positions, both for-profit and charitable, including social worker for foster children in New York City, front-of-store retail representative for Bonwit Teller, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, first Patient Representative at United Hospital, Rye, N.Y., and Secretary for The Women’s Club of Rye.
Terry Shannon will be remembered for her wicked quick tennis serve, and equally quick return of wit and verbal volley. She loved her friends, her children and her grandchildren with open arms and without reservation. The matriarch of her large extended family, she was beloved by her seven grandchildren who always found time to visit with her well into her old age.
Terry is survived by her five daughters, Barbara Jean Shannon (Patrick Hyland), MaryBeth Shannon (Chris Aguirre), Ellyn Shannon (Michael Delorme), Joan Shannon (Ken Grillo), Deborah Shannon (Eric Richardson), and by her seven grandchildren, Gracie Shannon Aquirre, Mardy Shannon Aguirre, Devin Shannon Aguirre, Julia Shannon-Grillo, Abigail Delorme, Nicki Jobst Shannon and Alek Jobst Shannon. In her last years, she was exceptionally cared for by her gifted physician, Dr. Oxana Popescu of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and her extraordinary aides, Ann Marie Chito, Debbie Chito, Victoria Singh, Jennifer Thomas, Lurline Gilbert and Marjorie Steele,
The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, NY on Friday, September 6th, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 10:00 am, interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Valhalla, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Terry's name to St. Jude's Children Hospital, Ursulines of the Eastern Province, or one of your choice.