Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 7:41 am
Lynda Larkin Shannon passed away at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital on Friday, September 24.
Lynda was born to the late Mr. John Larkin and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brewer of Dyersburg, Tennessee. A graduate of Dyersburg High School, and an undergraduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and received a masters degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She was most recently employed as a consultant, speaker and trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars, but also enjoyed careers in executive staffing, sales, management and teaching.
Lynda was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dresden and served the church in many capacities, most notably as the Chair of the Financial Committee, Chair of the Welcome Home Committee, and as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and the Disaster Relief Team III.
Lynda lived a spirited life and loved every minute of it. She was very involved in the community of Dresden and loved the people and the events of the town. In conjunction with the Iris Festival, she was named as a Golden Iris and always looked forward to participating in the flower show. A competitive bridge player, she was a member of the American Bridge Contract League and played in various weekly matches around Northwest Tennessee. While she loved bridge, it took a backseat to golf when the weather cooperated and she played regularly at Persimmon Hills Golf Course with her dear friends.
Lynda loved her family dearly and is survived by her two children, Martin Bruce of Lakeland, TN and Libi Bruce Riggs of Collierville, TN; four grandchildren, Miller and Ellie Riggs, and Martin Bruce III and Ashton Bruce; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Bruce; son-in-law, Allen Riggs; and her brother, John Larkin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Shannon, and her sister, Brenda Belew.
A memorial service was held on Monday, September 27, at the Dresden First United Methodist Church. The family requests that any memorials to Lynda be made in her name to the Dresden United Methodist Church Building Fund.