Patricia Mae (Bovenzi) Shannon received an offer she couldn’t refuse. On November 13, 2018, Pat was called to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior and reunite with family and friends who preceded her in death. Born May 18, 1940, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Hector and Rachel Bovenzi, she was 78 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Richard Bovenzi, and former husband Robert Shannon, and is survived by her older brother Robert Bovenzi. A devoted mother, she left behind four children, Deborah Campbell (husband Michael), sister/daughter Kathy Waterman (husband Harold) whom she raised as one of her own children from the age of 8, Robert Shannon, Jr. (wife Lemy), and Pamela Hammond (husband Michael). She left behind twelve grandchildren: Sandy Emery (husband Steve), Sarah Garner (husband Michael), Suzanne Phillips (husband David), Ryan Waterman (wife Kristyn), Tyler Waterman (wife Ashley), Christopher and Corey Shannon, Clarence Carampatana, Kyle and Shaun Hasenpflug, Jacob and Rachel Hammond. She also left behind eight great-grandchildren: Kaleb and Katelyn Gunter; Brady and Brooke Waterman; Amberlyn, Austin, Addison and Avery Garner.
Pat worked real estate for many years in Connecticut, Texas and California. Her first bout with lung cancer 13 years ago led to retirement and into moving in with her youngest daughter’s family, eventually relocating to her current residence of Fairfax, Virginia. Cancer would come back three more times over the years. In true Warrior Princess fashion, she bravely fought and defeated cancer each time. Her favorite Bible verse (Isaiah 38:16) was her life’s motto: “Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.” Despite numerous health issues she remained very active. She cared for others, including babysitting for babies/toddlers, and providing in-home care for the elderly. She was involved in several organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and her local favorite, Life with Cancer. She volunteered a ton of hours at hospitals, thrift stores and her own Fairfax Community Church. She organized “Pat’s Hats,” a church group that knitted hundreds of hats for infants, cancer patients, homeless and orphans. She will always be remembered as someone who gave her all to her family, friends and community. She has fought the good fight, she has finished the race, and she has kept the faith. We all miss her but are comforted to know she is with our Lord and that we will reunite with her someday.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Fairfax Community Church (11451 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030). The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to one of two organizations in memory of Pat: