May 12, 2016
1951 ‐ 2016
Shannan Koucherik was a dreamer. She described herself as a kite and designated her husband, Ed as the string. Ed was at her side when Shannan was called home on May 8, 2016. Shannan was born to G. Edmund Bennett Jr. and Katherine M. Watson on July 18, 1951 in New York, New York. Animals were Shannan's first love, with dogs being at the top of her list. Shannan touched many lives throughout the Valley during her 30 years as a 4¬H Dog Club Leader. Her dream of creating a kennel to serve the Valley was an accomplishment that gave her much pride. Shannan left a lasting impression through the work she did with The Healing Friends, Meeker Sheep Dog Trials, and the Comfort K¬9s. Shannan's dream to preserve the history of the Valley, thru her many stories in the newspapers and her work with the museum, gave her much to be proud of. The preservation of historical sites in the valley, especially the school at Lay, were a high priority. She worked tirelessly to get the school listed in the Historical Registry and making that happen is part of her legacy. Shannan's greatest accomplishment was bringing the Daughters of the American Revolution back to the Yampa Valley. She was very proud of the chapter she organized and of their achievements. Her elevation to the position of State Chaplin proved her commitment to the group and showed that she was appreciated. Her dedication to the Valley, through volunteerism, over the years extended to many organizations. She worked with the Salvation Army, Love Inc., the Food Bank, and Hospice giving many hours to help others. Shannan will be missed. She is survived by her husband Ed (AKA The String), daughter Shawna and grandson Ohene; son Micah; step¬ son Ben (Beth) and granddaughters Layla and Chloe Grace; brothers George (Monica) and Bob. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2016 at The Journey at First Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Daughters Of The American Revolution or to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.
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