Shannon Lynn Williams was born on November 5th 1965 in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Barbara Harden and David Williams. She was the younger sister to David Williams Jr. and an older, motherly sister to Christina and John Harden. Shannon was a strong, fierce girl who grew into a confident woman. Shannon had five children that were her life: Joseph Melendez, Krystal Melendez, Sharonda Allen, Bianca Mercado, and Tatyanna Mercado.
Shannon had a passion for helping people since a young age and became a Candy Striper at the tender age of sixteen. Over the years, Shannon continued to accept more challenging work and in 2000, she combined her love for traveling and caring for people to become a Traveler Nurse. On April 4th, 2012, she became a Registered Nurse. On October 25th 2015, Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and shortly after became a certified Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Nurse. Shannon was fascinated by the intricacies of the human heart perhaps because she had such a huge heart herself. Early in her career during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic, Shannon was filmed with an infant AIDS patient at one of the first AIDS clinics in South Florida. Shannon spent her nursing career fighting against SARS, AIDS, and other epidemics. More recently during the covid-19 pandemic, Shannon worked at the Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, GA, which was identified as the fourth worst outbreak of coronavirus per capita in the United States in March of 2020. To Shannon, the well-being of her patients always came first. She brought enthusiasm and passion to nursing.
Shannon's greatest legacy is her grandkids: Bryanna Melendez, Trinity Torres, Enrique "Rico" Torres, Joseph Melendez Jr., Nolan Herrera, and Nova Herrera. Shannon lived her life to the fullest and did more in 55 years than most of us will probably ever do. Shannon was a free and wild spirit with a generous heart. She will be remembered always!
Shannon was engaged to Brent Everett and they were soul-mates and best friends. They had planned a long life together, but what they were allowed to share was precious and theirs. Shannon became a friend to the people she met and her passion and honesty was appreciated and loved.
A thought from her children:
"Mom was the happiest she ever was while she was with her fiancé, Brent Everett, who made her smile for selfies on their wild trips!"
Krystal admired Shannon for being a single mom of five, who "worked hard to provide and entertain us, while pursuing her passion as a nurse and working part time at Disney to get us in!"
Tatyanna remembers her as a selfless woman. Tatyanna writes, "If any of her children expressed dreams and desires, she would always do her best with what she had to make it happen. My mom was an incredible woman, my hero, my nurse, my mentor, and my world! I am missing such a major part in my heart! It gives me peace to know that she is no longer in pain. I love you, Mommy with all my heart!"
"My mother. She was everything. She was the person who walked in and her smile lightened a darken room. Her personality would turn any frown upside down. And her love. Her love was so powerful and affectious. She held our family together. She stayed strong for everyone even when she was hurting. She was selfless. This pain is so deep from losing such a monumental woman who showed nothing but strength and perseverance...anything but love and determination to get over anything..she fought to be here. This isn't fair.
Mom was truly a fighter. She was ferocious, sassy, caring, and independent & within these last 2 years she was happy and free. She had the spirit, the smile, the laughter that could light up a whole room. She was my back bone and the only person that kept me sane. I’ll always have the memories of her teaching me every holiday meal. She was truly my ride or die. She was always in my corner whether I was right or wrong. She always told me “I don’t care what you ever have done, I don’t care if you did it or didn’t do it, just know I will always defend you” & she did just that.
A service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 12pm to 3pm.
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