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Obituary for Brenda Thornhill Shannon
Brenda Joyce Thornhill Shannon passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, Friday January 31, 2020 following a long battle with dementia. Brenda was born November 10, 1940 in Tampa, Florida to Pascal Gary and Mary Kathryn (Rudolph) Thornhill. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jay Frank; seven children: Jay Frank, Jr. (Jennifer), April Cornett (Mitchell), Gary, Amy Griffith (Alvie), Melody Spencer (David), Marcy Guenette (Leonard), and Daniel (Sarah); twenty-four grandchildren: Justin Cornett (Melissa), Tyler Cornett (Amber), Jay Nicholas Shannon (Abigail), Evan Cornett (Lindsey), John Marcus Shannon (Sarah), Shannon Cornett Mendenhall (Kenneth), Analise Griffith (Frank Skaggs), Emily Shannon (William Hallman), Alexander Griffith (Korie), Savannah Spencer Cedeño (Adrian), James Lucas Shannon, Abigail Shannon, Mary Kathryn Guenette, Addison Griffith, Jackson Spencer (Allee), Spencer Guenette, Sieanna Shannon, Adler Griffith, Karey Anne Guenette, Connor Guenette, Aiden Griffith, Eliot Shannon, Emory Shannon, Arabella Griffith; and twelve great grandchildren: Emmett Cornett, Caden Cornett, Ian Cornett, Bennett Cornett, Leo Cornett, Isla Cornett, Steele Vinski, Ruthie Cornett, Adelyn Shannon, John Marcus Shannon II, Samuel Cedeño, and Everett Griffith. She was a life-long resident in the Tampa Bay Area and a graduate of Hillsborough High School. She served as church pianist for 50 years and loved music and singing. She was an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church where she helped in the nursery and in the kitchen for Wednesday night dinners. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and doting grandmother. She was a excellent cook and welcomed family and friends every Sunday for dinner. She lived out her faith as she gave of herself lovingly and joyfully in every facet of her life, and she truly had a servant’s heart. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Thonotosassa, with the family receiving friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time. A lunch reception will follow. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Trinity Memorial Gardens, Trinity. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fellowship Baptist Church Missions Fund.