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Joyce Shannon

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Joy M. Shannon, 68, of Gaylord, Michigan, loving mother of six children passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

She was born on February 23, 1953, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Charlie and Juanita (Rabideau) Wheaton.

Joy graduated from Pontiac Catholic High in 1971, and married John M. Shannon on October 28, 1972. They raised six children. She had a passion for many types of crafting, geocaching and taking long golf cart rides. She enjoyed camping in Mackinac during the summer and wintering in Summerdale, Alabama. Joy was known for her sense of humor, her quick wit, her devotion to the Lord and her love for her many dogs and cats throughout the years.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, John; children, Jennifer (Dave) Bunch of Gaylord, Michigan, Jeffery Shannon of St. John’s, Michigan, Jonathan (Becky) Shannon of Gaylord, Michigan, Justin (Mette) Shannon of Gaylord, Michigan, Janelle (Joe) Haggerty of Petoskey, Michigan, and Joshua Shannon of Gaylord, Michigan; brother, Elmer Wheaton of Clio, Michigan, and ten grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at Nelson Funeral Home on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Flowers or condolences may be sent to 5682 Cochise trail, Gaylord, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735.

7 comments on “Joyce Shannon”

  1. I will miss your jokes and the laughter we shared in person or by long phone calls. Your talent and creativity will be missed by all at the Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, AL. I will think of you always. Rest In Peace my friend.

    • Christa & Michael Melnyczenko

      Joy was a dear friend who always brightened my days. We enjoyed crafting, trail riding in her golf cart, laughing, and story telling of each others lives. I will miss all those sporadic moments we spent together making each other forget the stresses of life and focusing rather on all the blessings we have. She will be missed by so many that knew her. Our heart felt condolences to her husband John, her children, and beautiful grandchildren.
      Rest in eternal peace my friend.❤️

      • Although I just met Joy and John last November, they were very helpful as I cared for my mom during her final days. She was a kind soul. May God bless your family during these days.

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      • My dear lady Joy- it is unbelievable you are gone from this earth. You were just here teasing my team about our yard! I will always treasure our midnight fb chats. Your sweet smile and giggle behind me in church as you adored on Dani. The time you took over as the candy lady when we lost Mr Lombardi. You were an incredible friend, and a doting gramma. I’ll look forward to our first hug in heaven.

        • Art & Judy Snell

          Joy was my dear Snowbird Mardi Gras friend. Your calls & text chats will be greatly missed. You were a good Christian lady. I know you are in heaven. RIP.

          • My dear Joy,
            It was just a month ago that you called me out of nowhere after at least four or five years, to have coffee and talk about the things that were on your heart. A few weeks later you texted me and said you think you have bronchitis, and I texted you once a week from there asking if you were okay, but I never heard back. Now I know that you have gone home to be with your Maker. This world has lost someone so very special and I’m so sad 💙
            Briana

            • Gail Henson Kwiatkowski

              I am saddened to her of the passing of Joy. She was my first friend in Kindergarten and went on to be my best friend through school. It was an honor to be in her wedding and she stood up in mine. We would get into so much mischief together. She was inquisitive, creative, and such a loving caring person, and a great friend.
              Our lives took us in different directions but we kept in contact. She has left a wonderful legacy in her family and wonderful memories for her friends.
              John you will be in my prayers and my heart as you manage the difficult days ahead. My condolences to your children / grandchildren. I know they will miss her very much.

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