Lisa Shanon “Shanon” Sanders Marks died March 15, 2021, at home, surrounded by her family.
Graveside services will be held March 20th, 2:00 PM at the Clinton Cemetery for the open-air safety.
Born March 9, 1953 in Lawrence, Kansas, she spent her early life in Lawrence, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1971. As the daughter of AB “Blackie” Sanders and Frances Louise Fox Sanders, she gained a sense of being a part of a larger community through her father’s business, Sanders Motors.
Shanon’s first love was animals, particularly horses. Many an hour was spent at her uncle’s farm, riding and caring for her horse. In high school she became friends with one of her classmates, Mark. Rather than going to the movies, together they spent hours riding. Shanon forever endeared herself to Mark’s youngest brother by insisting he be invited to tag along and ride horses, as well.
Shanon married Mark D. Marks on August 3, 1974. It was the beginning of their circuitous journey that brought her back to Lawrence and her love of animals.
Shanon attended Kansas University, University of Oklahoma and later, while Mark was in veterinary school, Oklahoma State University. Those experiences set the stage for becoming part of a professional veterinary team.
Shanon and Mark lived in Oklahoma until his military career took them to Europe. The couple then returned to Oklahoma with two young daughters: Amy Allison and Lindsay Marie. Their lives then took a turn toward Shanon’s own professional fulfillment. At first, she was the major breadwinner for the family while Mark pursued a degree in veterinary medicine. In 1989, the family moved back to Lawrence to open Marks Veterinary Hospital in a modest house that would later be in one of the busiest business districts in Lawrence.
Shanon’s office skills helped the fledgling veterinary practice begin; her love of animals and quest for a greater understanding of them helped it grow. For the extended family, Shanon was regarded as the world’s expert on the breed characteristics of dogs as potential pets. She studied the journals Mark received and pointed him to articles that would be helpful to his practice, even helping him brainstorm to diagnose challenging cases. At Marks Veterinary Hospital, Shanon was not “free labor”; she was part of a team. Unafraid of hard work, she organized, made appointments, greeted clients, cleaned exam rooms, and even assisted Mark in surgeries. Her professionalism was so consistent that many of the hospital’s clients did not even realize that she and Dr. Marks were a married couple.
Marks Veterinary Hospital moved away from the growing business district and expanded the building size and professional team at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital. Soon Shanon faced personal and professional challenges when Mark was twice deployed with his Army Reserves units. The resilience required of her in those moments served her later in the life challenges of years of failing physical health.
A word that describes Shanon, as a part of a large, extended family, is “beloved.” Her in-laws regarded her as another daughter. Mark’s mother, Winona, remembers fondly the sweet, beautiful high school senior with thick brown hair that fell almost to her waist, sitting at her bedside after a medical treatment that left her very weak. Though still simply the girl dating the oldest son, Shanon endeared herself by providing comfort and sustenance to her helpless future mother-in-law. Later, after Mark married the beautiful girl the rest of the family was already smitten with, Shanon sealed her special place in the family when she brought the first Sanders/Marks grandchild into the world.
For many family members, their fondest memory of Shanon is the joy she found in being around the dinner table with loved ones and the laughter that infused her whole body, often bringing tears to her eyes. She made all those around her feel profoundly witty.
The warmth of Shanon’s personality is reflected in her home – baskets she collected, quilts she made, family pictures she displayed and the many potted plants that flourished under her nurturing hand.
As her daughters married and brought grandchildren into her life, Shanon found fresh joy in three grandsons. Always having taken delight in others’ stories of their grandchildren, Shanon had earned the right to brag on the handsome, clever, and brilliant little men that were her own.
Consistently a lover of animals, Shanon adopted dogs – even when another dog was the last challenge she needed to add to her concerns. And most who visited her in recent years rarely saw her without a dog in her lap.
Shanon was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves her husband, Mark, and two daughters: Amy (David) and son, Maxwell “Max” James VandeVooren; Lindsay (Jayson) and sons Jayson D. Jr. “Jace” and Porter Duncan Schofield. Also surviving is her brother Charles “Bryan” (Susan) Sanders and son, Tony. A large, extended Marks family of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews and others have also surrounded Shanon in love and prayer.
Viewing will be at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home March 19th from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
With appreciation for the loving support offered over the last few years, and special thanks to the incredible nurses and staff of Unit 42 of KU Med, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, your church, your favorite charity, sent in care of the funeral home, or by planting a tree in Shanon’s honor.
The service will be broadcast on 93.7 FM radio with a range of 500 ft.
Messages & Condolences
Mark, Amy and Lindsay and families, Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sad time of passing of Shanon. She was a joy to visit with when we brought our labs to Mark’s Veterinarian. We also remember her from attending church many years ago when the girls were teenagers with our own. May God give you peace and comfort as you grieve the loss of her in your lives on this earth. With our deepest empathy for your loss.
Mark and family, so sorry for your loss
Sending love and prayers to the Sanders and Marks families. Sincerest condolences for your loss.
I am blessed to have been a part of the Marks’ family since they moved to Lawrence. Lindsay and I became best friends in 3rd grade and Shanon always treated me like one of her own, letting me walk in the house without knocking, taking us girls shopping, and bringing us along to see Vince Gill concerts. She was always interested in what I was up to and not once did I feel like I was intruding. I was and am always proud to say they are my family. I now see her smiling in heaven, watching over all of us, surrounded by all the people and animal angels that left us before her. All my love.
Mark and Family – A life too young taken from us. We remember her ‘quiet’ support of Jace during our basketball and baseball seasons together, and Broken Arrow Elementary events. Our heartfelt wishes to you and the Marks clan. Rick and Donna Bryant
Dr Marks & Family
Lyle & I are so sad to hear of Shanon’s passing . She came into our life by chance when we brought our sick cat to your clinic and we became friends ever since . Good times & bad she was there for us with our pets thru the years . She had a heart of gold and were really gonna miss her & her smile .
Trying to think of the message I want to send to the Marks family in this time of such sorrow eludes me. The pain of losing Shanon has no depth. I am so very sorry. Many years ago Shanon and I were riding our beloved horses. My horse reared and fell on my leg. Shanon saw what happened and she raced her horse to get my mother. Thanks to her, I got help quickly.n broke my tibia and fibula. She was a hero in my crisis. Kindest person I have ever known.
Prayers to Dr Marks and Amy and Lindsay. Shanon was the sweetest woman I have ever met. She was truly a blessing to me when I worked for the practice. I will never forget your smile, laugh and advice you always gave. Rest In Peace Shanon.
I am so saddened to hear of Shanon’s passing. I enjoyed working with Shanon at the veterinary hospital; she was so thoughtful, understanding and nurturing. My thoughts are with Dr. Marks, Amy, Lindsey and their families during this difficult time.
Shanon was one of the sweetest women I knew in Kansas. I still have such sweet memories of her from our women’s Bible study group. You will be missed but we will see you again, sweet lady.
Oh gosh – I’m so saddened to see this news. Shanon was such a big part of my college days when I worked at the Army ROTC department. I remember her being so fun to be around – always felt she was looking out for me and helping me navigate through life! Knowing that God was a big part of her life is a comfort knowing she is in heaven, probably playing with my doggie Abby! May you feel so much love during this hard time, and treasure all the great memories. Love you Shanon!
We are so sad. We are praying for you Dr. Marks, and family. Shannon left an impression on me and I will be forever grateful to worked side by side with her even if for a short amount of time. We are so grateful for your friendship and time we shared. I can still feel her laugh and still put snickers in the freezer. Much love and prayers, Thomas Family
Mark and girls,
My heart hurts for you all. Shanon was a joy to know while you all were in Monett. Thoughts and prayers are with you all today and the days and weeks ahead. The Voskamp Family
Mark and Family….sending prayers and condolences from the Ball Family
Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Shanon in gym class when we were sophomores. She was the kindest and sweetest person. She truly was beautiful inside and out. Sending prayers to you and your family.
We are praying for you all.
Thoughts and prayers to you Mark and your family. We have known Shannon since high school and have very fond memories. She will be missed by many. We pray you find comfort and peace.
I knew Shanon in high school and reconnected with her when I was in need of help with my ailing pet. She truly was the sweetest and most giving person. I remember her as friends with everyone in high school the “in crowd” and the “nerds”. We will miss her smile at our class reunions. God speed and Rest In Peace my friend.
Mark and Family, I am sorry sorry for your loss .please accept my deepest condolences.
I am so fortunate to have spent time with Shanon when she was working at the veterinary office. She was always so kind, friendly and helpful. She will be missed. Our prayers go out to the entire Marks family.
Mark and family, Prayers for you and your family. I loved Shannon so much. Getting to know her at Bible Study was such a blessing. I miss sharing the Bible with her. Shannon was such a good lady.
Thoughts and Prayers to the Marks family! Shanon was a very sweet lady and will be missed!
We are so saddened to hear about Shanon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . She was so kind and thoughtful. We also remember her great sense of humor.
Prayers for the Marks family. Shanon will be dearly missed.
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