Friends of Shannon

A blog in memory of Shannon Maile McCue

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Message from Shannon's Family

Parents always think that our children are special, but it’s been made so abundantly clear to us that there’s a world of people who think our Shannon is special, too. Your loving words of tribute have beautifully encapsulated and affirmed the Shannon we know and love. She’s a loving daughter, a loyal sister, a doting granddaughter, beloved niece and cousin to many, and the most faithful friend one could ever hope to find. We know how much it meant for her to participate in the lives of those she loved…weddings, baby parties, graduations, birthdays….name it, she was there because she loved us all.

We can’t begin to thank you all for your kindness and compassion, your thoughts and prayers, and for wrapping us all in your loving arms. We thank you all for your floral and fruit arrangements, your monetary donations, donations made to various charities in Shannon’s honor, for putting us up in your homes while in California, getting seats together on the plane, your loving phone calls and emails and beautiful cards, just to name a few. We have been overwhelmed by such sweet gestures and saying thank you in this manner seems so inadequate.

Please know that we have been reading your comments in the guest book and it really helps us to know that Shannon was really loved by so many people in her home away from home. The world is a better place because Shannon was in it and we know that she will be deeply missed by you, too.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
(With warmest love)

Mike, Roxy, Savannah and Shaunessy McCue

Monday, May 12, 2008

In Memory of Shannon Maile McCue

"Aloha `oe Ke aloha Shannon"
(Farewell to you, beloved Shannon)

It is with a very heavy heart that this blog has been created, in memory of our friend Shannon Maile McCue, whose life was tragically cut short this past weekend. Shannon's time on Earth ended much too soon; she is now in Heaven where she will send us rainbows of joy and hope forever.

We will all miss Shannon's terrific smile, easy going "island style" and generous nature.

Shannon was always smiling, cheerful and full of life. She was a talented and creative person who worked hard and tried to learn something new everyday. A native of Hawaii, she loved the natural beauty of her home and lived the spirit of aloha everyday. Shannon would often speak lovingly of her family and how much she looked forward to her trips home to the islands.
During her career at Border's Books and Music, she developed an excellent knowledge of music, which was her passion-particularly Jazz and Hawaiian music. Four years ago Shannon joined PETCO and quickly learned the pet industry, where she earned the respect of her co-workers and vendors. Shannon had many friends at PETCO and brought a bit of sunshine to the office everyday. Shannon had many nicknames at work: "Q-Dawg", "Shanno-Mc", "Hawaiian Woman" and more recently, "Feather Queen". Shannon was a beautiful flower in our lives, one which will always be blooming and fragrant.

Psalm 23

* The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
* Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
* You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
* Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Here are some of the wonderful comments I received about Shannon the day we all heard the sad news:
"Shannon was one of the loveliest people I have known, and a wonderful asset to PETCO..."
"...We loved Shannon as did all of the PETCO family, our hearts are broken..."
"..Everyone at our company commented on what a great person she was as both a colleague and friend. She will truly be missed."
"Shannon always possessed an amazing cheery attitude, a great smile and witty sense of humor that will certainly be missed. She was truly one of a kind and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with her. She brought the spirit of aloha with her wherever she went. I feel blessed to have known her. me ke aloha menemene (with sympathy)"
"...I just can't stop seeing Shannon's smiling face and hearing her laugh"
"...She was a wonderful woman and a class act. I felt like I knew her a long time from the very first time I met her. I really liked her a lot"
"...She was a sweet girl with a nice relaxing Hawaiian spirit. I will miss her as I know everyone around PETCO will as well."
"Shannon was a truly delightful, sincere person with a smile that lit up any room. Our hearts go out to her family and friends"
"...She was the only other person in corporate wearing a flower behind her ear. I have looked up to Shannon in a professional light and am so thankful for the friendship I had with Shannon outside of work as well. After both recently joining the outrigger canoe club, it was that Hawaii girl at heart that really came out..."
"Shannon, your bright smile and sunny disposition made the world a better place. It is an honor to have had a niece like you and you will be missed but always remembered. May angels usher you home." -Uncle Ed
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Photos with Shannon

These photos below were taken earlier in the day on Saturday May 10th 2008. Shannon was a member of the Oceanside Outrigger Canoe Club, which she loved so much. The photo below right is Shannon paddling in front of Katia:

This photo below was always on Shannon's desk at PETCO. It was in a frame that read: "beautiful heart, gentle spirit, caring smile" It is of her family back in Hawaii:

Aloha Shannon, you are now "Malu lani" (protected by Heaven).

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