Mary Louise (Jackson) Kenney Shahan

Mary Louise (Jackson) Kenney Shahan


Mary Kenney Shahan passed away on October 25, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born January 20, 1939, in Kirksville, MO and was the eldest daughter of Dr. Robert Lee Jackson and Lucille Bondurant Jackson.

Her youth was spent in Chillicothe, Missouri, where she claimed she could beat all the boys in basketball. Mary attended Truman State University where she graduated in 1968 with a double major. She was a member of Cardinal Key, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, spoke 6 languages, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, all while raising 6 children, and doing alteration work for Bamberg's Clothing Store.

After graduation she taught French and Spanish at Kirksville Senior High, where she was very active with the student body. She sponsored the girls drill team, Foreign Language Club, Prom decorating and trips to Europe. Her Homecoming floats won first place year after year. As it was with her, she decided she needed another adventure, so she went back to college and got another degree in Computer Science. She moved to Kansas City where she worked for Hallmark, The Federal Reserve Bank and retired from Sprint. For many years, Mary performed "The Messiah" with the Independence Messiah Choir, singing with them through the 100th anniversary performance in 2016.
In 1982, Mary married Randy Shahan. Randy always said she was the prettiest girl in the room. They traveled and square danced through 38 years of marriage together.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Jackson and Lucille Jackson, her son, John David Kenney, her father and mother-in-law, Lyle and Evelyn Shahan, granddaughter, Erin Kenney, grandson, Nathaniel Bowe, and her first husband, John A. Kenney. She is survived by her husband, John Dee Randall Shahan, her children: Linda Kenney Cox (Steve), Dan Kenney (Andrea), Anne Bowe, Jennifer Meissner and Karen Kenney, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, her sister, Carol Champlin (Marvin), brother, Dr. Robert Jackson (Sharon), brother-in-law Irvin Kenney and sister-in-law, Joy Shahan (Charles).

Private family services were held at Maple Hills Cemetery on November 1, 2020. A Celebration of Mary's amazing life will be held at a later date.

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