Celebrating the life of

Shannon Formby Fillmore Gassen

April 16, 1975 - October 01, 2020

Shannon Formby Fillmore Gassen

Shannon Formby Fillmore Gassen died unexpectedly on October 1st, 2020, in Savannah, Ga at the age of 45.

Shannon is survived by her parents, Joel Formby and Jane Ford-Brocato of Savannah, Ga; husband, Mark Gassen; children, Cecily Matthews, August Fillmore, Violet Fillmore, William Gassen, and Charlie Gassen; siblings, Noah Formby (Nicole), Melissa Wood and several nieces and nephews of Savannah, Ga.

Shannon was born on April 16, 1975 in Savannah, Ga to Joel Formby and Jane Ford-Brocato. She attended St. James Catholic School, graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1993, graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. She was married to August Fillmore from 2002-2010. Shannon began working for Intercat Inc. as a research and development petroleum chemist. The couple welcomed two children August Doctor Ford Fillmore and Violet Hero Fillmore. On March 19, 2020, Shannon married her best friend, Mark Gassen, joyfully blending their two families. Her children remember her as a loving, creative, and intelligent mother who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. Shannon was also an accomplished seamstress. She was a witty individual who loved science and true crime. She was also a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.  

A Rosary is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th at 11am at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Daniel Firmin, celebrant.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Shannon's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Girl Scouts of the USA at GSUSA Fundraising, P.O. Box 5046, New York, NY 10087 or online at

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Zyeir is sorry for loss Doc & Violet

- Faberge'/ Zyeir Chisholm, Savannah, GA

Jane our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

- Jim and Sandy Shannon, Bonita Springs, FL

Jane, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

- Ronni Carpenter, Savannah, Georgia

I loved Shannon and am so saddened by her loss, even knowing she has been welcomed home by Our Father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May her soul Rest In Peace and let perpetual light shine upon her.

- Marcia larner, Canton, MA

A candle has been lit!

Wishing love and peace to Shannon’s whole family and especially her children. I met her at St Vincent’s

- Brandi, San Francisco, CA

I have such good memories growing up with Shannon. I am so very sorry. May God grant you peace.

- Lisa Niedbala Collins, Savannah, GA

Jane & Joel, I am so devastated by this !! Shannon and I just recently reconnected on FB after 25 years!! She was always such a bright spot when we worked together at Piece Goods— such a wonderfully gifted young lady— prayers of peace and understanding to all of you.

- Lori Welker, Marietta, GA

My condolences to you Mark, your family and the family of your wife. It's horribly to be taken so unexpectedly and even worse at suck a young age. May the fine memories you have of her help you through this trying time... You have my deepest sympathy..

- Steve Martin, Gardener, Ks

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Shannon’s family. As a classmate of hers at SVA I have many fond memories of her.

- Maria Cooler Parrish, Rincon , GA

My deepest condolences to Shannon's family during this difficult time. I did not know Shannon extremely well, but she was always very kind and helpful to me on anything ever ask of her.

- Jerry Springs, Willis, Texas

Mark my condolences to you and the family. Please know that you are in my prayers. May God Bless and Comfort you.

- Jo Ann Pinkney, Savannah, GA

Such a shock! I remember Shannon so well when she coordinated the rental of my home with The Landings Company. She was the best of anyone there with her bright, positive and caring professional demeanor. My heart goes out to her husband, children and family for their loss in their lives of this wonderful woman. Shannon will shine in Heaven down on all her loves.

- Jim Mauro, Ft. Myers, Florida

Jane and family, I am so saddened by your loss. I remember many times that our girls played together in their preschool years. You are in my prayers.

- Carol Johnson, Savannah, Ga

I first knew Shannon as a delightful little girl with a sweet smile. She became a beautiful , brilliant woman and a loving mom. Her early death is a heartbreaking loss to all who knew and loved her. God bless her children and family.

- Shirley Jordan, Portal, GA

deepest condolences to her family

- charles Bunting, Guyton, Georgia

Thoughts and prayers are with you. Shannon was one of my best friends in high school, and she will be missed. Prayers are with you all.

- Angela Miller Rosen, McDonough, Georgia

Joel and family I was so shocked to hear of Shannon’s untimely passing. She and I worked so well together at The Landings Company. She was so talented in many areas and loved her family dearly. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

- Susan Holliday, Savannah, Georgia

Sorry for Shannon's early death. She was an excellent young woman and the mother of my granddaughter, Cecily.My condolences to her family.

- Virgil E. Matthews, Charleston, West Virginia

Jane so sorry to hear about your loss. Love and prayers for you and your family. Danny and Linda Ayala

- Daniel Ayala, Tybee Island, Georgia

My deepest prayers to Shannon and all of her family. I am a professional colleague and always enjoyed working with her and admired her efforts in everything scientific.


I am so sorry to hear this news. Shannon was truly exceptional! she will be missed. Cecily.. I am truly sorry for your loss!

- Brian and Diana Matthews, Charleston, WV

Joel and Family - I am very sorry for your loss. I'm a friend from Skidaway.

- Julie Amft, SAVANNAH, Georgia

Mark my condolences to you and the family. Please know that you are in my prayers. May God Bless and Comfort you.

- Brenda Price, Savannah, GA

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Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel