Shannon Marie Kerns, 47, suddenly and tragically died on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at her home in Fairfax, VA.
Shannon was born October 20, 1970, in Camden, NJ to Francis Cooney and Frances Cooney. She was devoted to her two aunts Catherine Dooley and Mary Gustavson who encouraged her from a young age to follow her dreams and creativity. Shannon did just that, graduating from high school and later college at Towson State with a degree in elementary education, later moving to Northern Virginia where she established herself as a bright and extraordinary teacher who captivated, delighted and educated her students, and made lasting bonds with friends and colleagues.
Shannon's greatest love were her two children Catherine and Collin Kerns- whom she shared with her spouse Michael Kerns. Shannon had an unwavering and heightened ability to experience, and exhibit emotion whereupon when she was happy she was the happiest person in the world - when concerned, she had the greatest and deepest concern, and when excited the most exhilarating and passionate excitement. With love, few had ever loved deeper - Shannon felt great love for her God, for dearest friends and family - but none more than that for her daughter Cassie and Son Collin - her most valuable and treasured children.
Shannon will be dearly missed by loved ones and by this small and flawed world which was unable to contain her boundless spirit.
A memorial service and celebration of Shannon's life will be held at Floris United Methodist Church (13600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171) on September 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, condolences may be sent to 8704 Duvall St. Fairfax VA, 22031.
ServiceFloris United Methodist Church13600 Frying Pan Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171 September 28, 2018