Frances was born February 8, 1945 in Watervliet, New York. At the age of 2, her parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Her father took a job at Reynolds Motor Company. Frances attended St. Mary’s High School. She started at Arizona State University in the fall 1963 planning to study history and political events. Her goal was to join the US Foreign Service to become an ambassador with an ultimate goal of working for the state department to represent the US at the UN. Since she had excelled in school and regularly set and achieved goals, I never was in doubt that she would be representing the US at the UN in 25 to 30 years. However, fate stepped in and her plan was changed. She attended a demonstration of classroom teaching at ASU with a friend who was an education major. Fran was so astonished by the ability of the teacher to interact with and influence the regular student in the class and to get them involved in the lesson and eventually excite the students about the subjects being taught. She talked to the teacher during a break, he explained that the education department was world class, and she could learn how to teach and excite children about learning and their futures. She changed her major that day to Education. That day was the start of a thirty-year journey influencing young students into choosing a lifetime of accomplishments in there chosen fields. She went on to teach thirty plus years. During that time, she taught hundreds of students at every grade level from preschool to high school and college. Working as many as three jobs and teaching, before during and after school to make enough money to help her family and experiencing the other faithful change she met and fell in love with her future husband in 1963. They dated for 3 years, were married in 1966, and had three amazing children now grown with children of their own. Frances was preceded in death by her parents. Frances is survived by her husband William Shannon Jr.; daughter Stephanie Argo (James); son John Shannon (Roni); son Christopher Shannon (Danielle); nine grandchildren; and many other family members and friends. Service to celebrate her life will be 11:00 am, Monday May 24, 2021 at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church. See Buchannan website for more info.
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