Frances Arlene Shannon

Frances Arlene Shannon, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 28th 2024 at the age of 92. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Frances was born on April 28th 1932 in Baltimore Maryland to Enid L Scherf (Chelf) and George B. Scherf. She grew up in Baltimore Maryland, where she developed a passion for Art and Interior Decorating. She graduated from the University of Maryland and in her lifetime had multiple careers from being a business owner in the 1970’s to retiring as a comptroller for the state of Maryland.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Katherine Milliken and husband Dan E. Milliken, husband Frankie Shannon and beloved grandchild Donna M. Wall.

Arlene is survived by children William F. Milliken, Diane M. Milliken, Michael E. Milliken (Wife) Yifeng Zhang, Suzanne L. Cockerham and (Husband) Adrian, Dan P. Milliken and (Wife) Sheila. Sister-in-law Gloria Johnson and Brother-in-law Jimmie Shannon and (Wife) Neicy and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandchildren Troy and Eric Milliken, Rachel Calhoun and Patrick Milliken, William E. Wray (Wife) Layla, Joseph McKenna and  Carrissa N. Wilson and (Husband) Cody. Great Grandchildren, Aidan, Jareth and Samuel Calhoun, Coleman and Finley Milliken, Luke and Rory Milliken, Kassidee and Dylan Wray and Kade McKenna.

Arlene had many hobbies such as art, decorating, travel, cooking, scuba diving and snorkeling. Her biggest hobby which became her passion was animal rescue. She worked at shelters in Maryland and Texas. During that time, she was responsible for many animal rescues and was fondly known by her colleagues as the “Cat Lady”.

Frances leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion that will continue to inspire all who know her. Though she may be gone, her memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

Frances Arlene Shannon will be dearly missed and forever remembered.


  1. We the Shannon family have always loved Arlene and will truly miss her. Arlene’s strength and tenacity was apparent in all aspects of her life. We pray that all of her loved ones are comforted knowing that she is in a better place.

    jimmie shannon
  2. I was honored to be one of her veterinarians for many years. She was one of my favorite clients, and I always loved it when she would visit with Hootie and Socks. Arlene was such a kind, lovely person, and my life was the richer for having known her. My deepest condolences to her family.

    Denise Wardall

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