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Elizabeth “Betsy” Shannon, age 79, born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and later Swarthmore, PA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 10th, 2022, surrounded by her beloved family.
Predeceased by her parents Horace and Anne Marie Shannon and her brother Joseph (Margie).
She is survived by her sisters Frances O’Hara (the late William), Anne Marie McKinney (James) and her brother Bernard (Linda). Betsy is also survived by nieces Anne Marie (Cindy), Theresa (Matt), Taylor and nephews Michael (Anne) and Bernie (Katie). Great nieces and nephews include William, Riley, Meghan, Matthew, Brendan and Brigid.
Her nieces and nephews would often (even into adulthood) argue over who was “Aunt Betsy’s favorite.” They did this because she treated all of them as if they were her favorite.
Aunt Betsy was kind, loving, generous and supportive. Betsy had two great loves of her life … her family and teaching. Betsy’s career as a teacher spanned over 5 decades, all in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She was recruited right out of high school to a program that allowed women to teach during the day and earn a college degree at night and on weekends. Betsy received her teaching degree from St Joseph’s College (now University) and never looked back. She taught generations of students at St. Gabriel School in South Philly, St. lrenaeus-Raphael and St Clements schools in Southwest Philly and finally at Nativity BVM School in Media.
It seemed that everyone in Southwest Philadelphia (where she spent the bulk of her career) had “Miss Shannon” as a teacher. Recently, as word got out that she had passed some words that have been used to describe her by former students are: legend, institution, fixture in our community, role model and simply “Miss Shannon was the best!”
On several occasions when invited to a wedding of a former student, the DJ would ask that anyone taught by Miss Shannon to please stand up and it seemed that half the room, people of all ages, would stand up and applaud.
Always a hard worker, Betsy spent many years working a second job as a waitress at the Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, making lifelong friends of both staff and members. The kind words and stories that have been expressed and shared by all who knew her, only reiterate how amazing of a person she was and just how much she meant to others.
Honoring Betsy’s wishes, her family will be celebrating her life privately.