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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the House of Representatives were
 3    saddened to learn of the recent death of R. Elizabeth Shannon
 4    of Chicago; and

 5        WHEREAS, Elizabeth Shannon was born Rose Elizabeth  Brown
 6    in  Birmingham,  Alabama, on September 12, 1916, the daughter
 7    of the late Simon and Willie Mae Brown; her parents relocated
 8    to Chicago where she was educated at Burke elementary  school
 9    and DuSable and Hyde Park high schools; and

10        WHEREAS,  She  was joined in holy matrimony to William H.
11    Shannon, who preceded her in death in 1994,  on  January  24,
12    1936,  and to this union were born two children, Betty Jo and
13    William H. III; and

14        WHEREAS, As a  politician's  wife  whose  husband  served
15    three  terms  as  Committeeman and Alderman of the 17th Ward,
16    Mrs. Shannon worked  closely  with  her  husband's  political
17    office; and

18        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Shannon  was  very  close  to her family,
19    raising her children and being involved in the lives  of  her
20    grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and

21        WHEREAS,  She  was an active member at St. Elizabeth, St.
22    Carthage, and St. Dorothy Roman Catholic  Churches;  she  and
23    her  husband were godparents of Wilton Gregory and encouraged
24    him in his life in the Roman Catholic Church; he is  now  the
25    most  Reverend  Wilton  D.  Gregory,  Bishop  of  Belleville,
26    Illinois; and

27        WHEREAS,  Elizabeth  Shannon  was  a  member  of  several
28    organizations, including the Classy Apex Social Club, the Top
29    Ladies  of Distinction, the Burkites (Edmond Burke Elementary
30    School Alumnus), and the Hoe Downer and Chi Squares; and
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 1        WHEREAS, She was also involved with the  American  Cancer
 2    Society,  receiving the 1969 award for distinguished services
 3    as a Section Chairman in Field Service; she  served  as  Sick
 4    Committee  Chairperson  for  the  74th Street Block Club, and
 5    devoted many hours to the March of Dimes, American Red Cross,
 6    Council of Catholic Women, and  Chicago  Park  District;  she
 7    also  volunteered  at  each  school to help her grandchildren
 8    through school; and

 9        WHEREAS, Elizabeth Shannon was  a  loving  wife,  devoted
10    mother,  and  proud  grandmother  and  great-grandmother; she
11    always managed to  maintain  a  warm,  loving  home  for  her
12    family; and

13        WHEREAS,  The passing of Elizabeth Shannon will be deeply
14    felt by her family  and  friends,  especially  her  daughter,
15    Betty  Jo  Thomas-Orr  Bell; her son, William H. Shannon III;
16    her son-in-law, Edward Bell;  her  grandchildren,  Pamela  F.
17    Thomas-Hall,  Kenneth  E.  and  Neil  A.  Thomas,  William H.
18    Shannon IV, Nichole, Stephanie and Christopher  Shannon,  and
19    Regan  and  Nicole Swanigan; her great-grandchildren, Omri J.
20    Hall, Timothy, Tiia, Jordan, Jade and Julian Thomas, JaVaughn
21    and Jade Shannon, and Isaiah Rodriguez; her half-sister, Mrs.
22    Tollese Parker;  and  her  first  cousin,  Evelyn  V.  Davis;
23    therefore, be it

26    we  note  with  sorrow  and  regret the death of R. Elizabeth
27    Shannon and extend our sincere condolences to her family  and
28    friends; and be it further

29        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this resolution be
30    presented to the family of R. Elizabeth Shannon.

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