A beautiful life is being remembered and honored by the many people in the area who knew and respected longtime resident Barbara Elizabeth Shanahan, 57, who passed away Feb. 14, at her parent’s home. This pleasent lady was born August 29, 1955 in Bakersfield to Jim (Pat) and Betty Mantoth Shanahan, and was raised and schooled in Tehachapi, graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1973, and later received an AA degree at nearby Bakersfield College.
She fought a valiant battle with multiple sclerosis for almost 20 years, and for the last 15 years lived here with her parents who lovingly cared for her during the debilitating effects of her illness. The bravery and accepting attitude she showed was an inspiration to many.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Home, 321 W. ‘F’ St., and graveside services, officiated by Deacon Richard Lambert of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, were held Thursday, Feb. 21, at Tehachapi Public Cemetery Eastside, at 10 a.m. Interment was at the Eastside Cemetery where many of her late Mantoth family relatives were interred. A reception was held following services at Village Grill Restaurant.
Pallbearers included Christopher Cervantes, Michael Cervantes, Steve Minton, Dan Knowles, Mark Manguia, and Tom Dineley. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Johnson and Jack Yeager. Eulogy was given by Jana Johnson Clow.
This special lady’s sense of humor and ready smile contributed to a great personality that allowed many friends. She was popular and well-liked, and was a cheerleader in her senior year at Tehachapi High School. She liked watching old movies and prided herself in identifying their names and actors;dancing;traveling and listening to music. She did not like injustice, favoritism, or math.
Barbara became a dental assistant through on-the-job training, received her X-ray technician certificate, and worked 15 years in the office of Dr. Eric Hershkowitz in Bakersfield. She later was employed at a plumbing supply business for ten years until the decline of her health.
Survivors are parents Jim (Pat) Shanahan and Betty Mantoth Shanahan; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Kimberly Shanahan; niece Erin Tiffany Shanahan; great nephew Joey Stevens; and a host of cousins and friends of all ages. Loyal attentiveness was shown by a circle of special friends who kept in touch as symptoms of multiple sclerosis progressed.
Those who choose to make donations in Barbara’s memory may send contributions to Optimal Hospice Care, 4700 Stockdale Highway, Suite 120, Bakersfield, CA 93309, or Multiple Sclerosis Society of Kern County, 1800 30th St., #105, Bakersfield, CA 93301.