(JASPER) Shannon Leigh Fender, 50, of Jasper passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at UAB Medical Center West.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper. The service will follow at 6 p.m. in the Kilgore-Green Chapel. Burial will be at Wedowee City Cemetery on Monday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. Matt Browning and Alan Beasley will officiate.

Shannon was born into a military family in Heidelberg, Germany. Her father retired from the military to teach JROTC at Walker High School. She graduated Walker High in 1991, where she was a cheerleader. She was an accomplished gymnast. She loved working with Autistic Partnership in California and selling wedding dresses at Diane's Formal Affair. Her heart of gold showed in her love for her pets and family. Her daughter, Julianna was her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Julianna Fender; mother, Marsha Diane Hanson Fender; brother, Alan "Keith" Fender (SuzAnne S); nephews, Kamp Fender, all of Colorado, Kyler Fender and Keegan Fender, both of Opelika; and host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Lt. Col. Charles K. Fender; grandparents, Kermit and Myrtis Hanson, Newman and Sue Upchurch and Julian Fender.

Pallbearers will be Kyler Fender, Keith Fender, Jerry Browning, Matt Browning, Roger Wilson and Phil Hanson.

The family requests donations be made to the surviving daughter's educational fund, "Julianna Fender."

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper.

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