Shannon Rose Seeb, 57, Fargo, ND, died at Sanford Medical Center on May 8, 2022, surrounded by family. The youngest of eight children, Shannon was born on August 25, 1964, to Arthur and Margaret (Hughes) Seeb.
Shannon was born with Down’s Syndrome, at a time when the common practice was to institutionalize babies with this syndrome. Even when encouraged by medical professionals to do this, Shannon’s parents courageously chose to raise her in the same manner as her older siblings.
Shannon attended Opportunity School and later graduated from Woodrow Wilson School. She participated in track and field events for Special Olympics and enjoyed summers at Pelican Lake, fishing, swimming, boating, gardening, and playing with friends. She was awarded the “Best Biker Pelican Lake” trophy in 1978!
Shannon wanted to do everything her siblings did, including helping with family responsibilities for meal prep, laundry, and dishes. One day she wanted to stay home by herself and decided to “skip school,” choosing to hide in her bedroom, rather than get on her bus! She loved babies and puppies, UNO games and latchhook projects, eating ice cream and opening presents. Shannon enjoyed many friends at school, the lake, and Day Support programs.
Shannon’s dad, Arthur, died in 1987, and for the next 33 years, she and her mom continued to nurture their special bond. They traveled, spent summers at the lake, and supported each other’s independence. Fittingly, Shannon died on Mother’s Day!
In 2014, Shannon moved into her very first apartment, with support, love, and care from CHI Friendship. She made new friends, participated in several community and church activities, and attended the Day Program at the Vocational Training Center.
For the last nine months, Shannon resided at SMP Health – St. Catherine North, where, once again, she was embraced with loving support.
Shannon was loved by her parents and siblings – and she loved back! Those who knew her described Shannon as caring, resilient, and strong, and she gave the best hugs! In spite of her challenges, she lived life to the fullest, and our lives are richer for loving her.
Shannon is survived by her siblings: Maggie (Milt) Mitzel, Fargo; Mary Jo (Keith) Lang, Stillwell, KS; Joseph (Jo) Seeb, Stillwater, MN; Patrick Seeb, Rochester, MN; Michelle (Joe) Martin, Fargo; Dennis (Kim) Seeb, Fargo; and Denise (Vance) Gulickson, McKinney, TX. She is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews, three great-nephews, and three great-nieces.
Shannon was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margaret Seeb.
Shannon’s life will be celebrated with a private Rosary and Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo on May 14, 2022.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHI Friendship, 801 Page Drive, Fargo, ND 58103.