Marion Elizabeth Shanks

January 31, 1973 ~ March 9, 2024 (age 51) 51 Years Old

Marion Shanks Obituary

Ms. Marion Elizabeth Shanks, 51, of Vidalia, Ga. passed away, Saturday, March 9, 2024, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Marion was born January 31,1973, in Swainsboro, Ga. to the late Gurtie Lee Shanks and Raymond Shanks, Sr. She was preceded in death by her mother, her foster mother, Christine Bell, and brother, Mannix Pullens.

To know her was to love her. Marion was a kind, loving, devoted, caring individual. She saw the good in everyone and was quick to take someone “under her wing.” She had many adopted best-friends, children and grandchildren. If you knew Marion then you know that she loved her children, but her grandchildren were her world.

Also, to know Marion you would know that she had strong faith. She held true to the Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight:)”. She was an avid church member and loved the Lord and her church. She was a member of The Guiding Light Worship Center. She was a member of “Sisters With A Purpose”, “Nurse’s Guild”, and “Prayer Warriors”. Ministry was her passion.

Born and raised in Swainsboro, Ga she grew up with 3 sisters and 6 brothers. Marion was a hard worker and loved people. She graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1991. She then furthered her education and graduated from Swainsboro Technical College with a Diploma in Accounting in 1993. Her love for people and caring for others led her to the Bethany Home in Vidalia, Ga. She established her life there in Vidalia. She was a devoted employee of the Bethany Home for many years. Marion also became an employee of Trane, Inc. She worked both jobs for many years until her health declined. After a few years of not working Marion decided to get back to the working field and gained employment with Brewton Parker College. She enjoyed working there and being around people.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her father, Raymond Shanks Sr. of Vidalia, Ga., her children, Quantiana “Tee” Lovette (LaDarris) of Statesboro, Ga., Quantez “Tez” Gillis of Decatur, Ga., Vernincia “Boobie” Gillis, Wykebia “Kebie” McKinney, and Wykeria “Kerie” McKinney of Vidalia, Ga., Her most prized possessions, her grandchildren, Qua’Nyla “Nyla” Gillis of Atlanta, Ga., De’Mari “D.J.” Jenkins, Damian “2 J” Jones, of Vidalia, Ga., Aubrianna “Aubri” Royal, of Statesboro, Ga., Aliyah “Liah” Jones, Kamari “Mari” McKinney, Zaylee Hanson, Melonie “Lon-Lon” McKinney, Blossom Stokes, all of Vidalia, Ga. And Malachi Lovette, of Statesboro, Ga., her soon to enter the world grandson, Major Edwards, 4 sisters, Teresa “Resa” Shanks of New Hampshire, Tonya Shanks of Atlanta, Ga, Tonya “Kim” Moorman, of Swainsboro, Ga., Tracy (Arthur) Cubreth of Statesboro, Ga., 5 brothers, Raymond “Jr.” Shanks (Torri), Jr. of Alamo, Ga., Timothy “Timmy” (Jacquelyn) Shanks, Gerald Shanks of Swainsboro, Ga., Jimmy Shanks of Vidalia, Ga., and Lashawn “Ray Paul” Shanks of Valdosta, Ga., many, many devoted and loyal friends, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Alex Jenkins, Carenzo Jackson, Octavian Edwards, Darriance Williams, Xavier Jackson and, Johnny Royal. 

Flower bearers will be Best Friends and The Class of 1991. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Promise Connection Ministries with Bishop Theotis Summerset, Jr. officiating. 

Interment will follow in Swainsboro City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday, March 11, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home.

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Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of the arrangements for Ms. Marion Elizabeth Shanks, 51, of Vidalia.



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March 11, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chapman Funeral Home
427 North Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Funeral Service
March 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Promise Connection
303 North Green Street
Swainsboro, GA 30401

Interment following funeral service
March 12, 2024

Swainsboro City Cemetery
1 Lewis St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401


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