Mary Jo Shanklin


Mary Jo Shanklin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, n Chattanooga. She was born on Jan. 1, 1936, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She attended Lockland High School in Cincinnati. She received two associates’ degrees in marketing from Ivy Tech-Indianapolis, then a bachelor of arts degree from Martin Center College in Indianapolis. Before retiring in 2002, she was involved in fostering children, and fostered more than 100 children, she volunteered for VISTA and was a member of AmeriCorps. She loved to go on trips with senior circle, and visiting Cleveland’s Senior Center. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mae Von Hagen; her first husband, Paul Gibeaut; her second husband, William Shanklin; son, Richard Gibeaut; two sisters: Ruth and Dorothy; and two brothers: Ralph and Paul. 

Left behind to cherish her memory is Paul Gibeaut (Lorena), Thomas Gibeaut (Margo), Terri Moses (Frank), Jeannie Marren (Mick) and Faith LeGrand (Tim); grandchildren: Timothy, Brian, Cory, Joe, Christopher, Andrew, Tiffany, Paige, Richard, Nicholas and Brooke; and two great-grandchildren; Starla and Kathryn. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga. 

You are invited to share a personal memory of Mary Jo, or your condolences with her family, at her online memorial located at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Shanklin family with these arrangements.


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