She was also involved with the Oneonta Federated Garden Club, the Oneonta Women’s Club and SUNY Oneonta Faculty Wives over the years and drove for Road to Recovery cancer survivors.
An excellent knitter, she made beautiful sweaters for her family and friends and was a production knitter for sweater designer Barbara Riggs. She knitted shrugs that were distributed to area veterans and hats and scarves that her friend Kevingerrard Cannon distributed to New York City’s homeless.
She was also a great baker, renowned for her chocolate cake, pies, and fabulous Christmas cookie plates.
Collette loved cats, flowers, gardening and ice cream; visiting art galleries, attending concerts, going to auctions and refinishing furniture; and the special times she spent with The Sewing Ladies.
Collette’s sparkling blue eyes, sly smile and animated facial expressions were the hallmarks of her witty sense of humor and stayed with her throughout her long illness.
Collette is survived by husband, Jerry of Oneonta; daughter, Kathleen Shannon of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Maureen Shannon Salzer and Matthew Salzer of Tucson, Ariz., and grandchildren, Timothy and Alison; daughter, Lizabeth Shannon of Oneonta; son, John Shannon and Heather Shannon of Jacksonville, N.C., and grandchildren, Connor and Elizabeth; sister, Mary Ann (Lake) Nye of Annapolis, Md.; sister, Patt (Lake) Bowman of Northfield, Minn.; nieces, nephews and their spouses and children. The family has lost contact with Collette’s brother, Benjamin
The Shannon family would like to thank Catherine McCoy’s Uncommon Care team for their round-the-clock assistance for the past year. We are grateful that Collette was able to remain at home.
Collette will be cremated and her ashes strewn in various locations, including a small favorite prairie northwest of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A memorial service to celebrate Collette’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, at a date to be announced.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Leatherstocking Region Office, 140 Highway 33 West, Suite 2, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.