Betty V.


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Betty V. Shannon

Feb 25 1927 - Jan 21 2007

John 5:24 One of God’s own, Betty Shannon peacefully entered into His presence in the early morning of January 21, 2007, in McKinney, Texas. Born in 1927 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to parents Alfred and Ruth Tague Weichbrodt, she was the living embodiment of the American experience. Father Alfred immigrated to the United States from the German Federation in the early 1900’s, and mother Ruth came from a pioneer family who traveled by wagon from Colorado to settle in the Fort Sill camp town of Lawton, Oklahoma Territory. The Tague family contributed much to Lawton’s development in its early days and was included among the founding members of the First Christian Church. Betty received the gift of salvation through Christ in her youth and worshiped Him as her Lord and Savior all the days of her life on this earth. Raised in Ardmore, she graduated from Ardmore High School at the end of WWII. She then attended TWU and Washington University. Soon thereafter she met and married Reece Edwin Shannon of Saint Jo, Texas. From that time, Betty devoted herself to her faith and her family. While the marriage didn’t last, it did produce two sons, Michael Reece and Timothy Patrick. No matter the circumstances, she took great pride in her sons and they brought immeasurable joy to her. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Ruth Weichbrodt, and brothers Alfred Rex and Harold Weichbrodt. She is survived by son Michael, his wife Janet, and grandchildren Jessica and Karl Michael; son Timothy and his wife Kathleen; brother Leland and his wife Christine Weichbrodt, and sister-in-law Maidette and her husband Lowell Bransford; as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, extended family members, and close friends. Services will be held in Lawton, Oklahoma, at the First Christian Church, on Saturday, February 3, 2007, beginning at 11:00 A.M., followed by interment at Highland Cemetery in the Weichbrodt family site. A public viewing will be held the preceding Friday at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all benevolences be directed in support of ministries devoted to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.
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