Abby Rose Shanahan

Abby Rose Shanahan

Abby Rose Shanahan

Cedar Rapids

Abby Rose Shanahan, 5, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 305 Second Ave., Marion, Iowa, Pastor Tim McCurdy. Visitation: 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at the Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Burial will take place in the St. Joseph Cemetery, west of Cedar Rapids. Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services is caring for Abby and her family.

Abby is survived by her parents, Nicholas Shanahan and Lacie Alger of Cedar Rapids; maternal grandmother, Cindy Ray of Cedar Rapids; maternal grandfather, Steve Alger of Lisbon; paternal grandparents, Cathy and Chuck Smith of Cedar Rapids; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Lou Pierce of Cedar Rapids; aunts and uncles, Candice Klepp, Dakota Ray, Lindsey Utley, Cassandra Kessler, Stacey Shanahan, Tracey Shanahan, Emily Shanahan, Ashley and Canyon Thixton (a.k.a. Uncle Boyfriend); and numerous other cousins and friends.

Abby Rose was born June 13, 2017, the daughter of Nicholas Shanahan and Lacie Alger. Abby’s life was immensely blessed, surrounded by a large, loving, close-knit family, in Cedar Rapids. She was currently a Kindergarten student at Maple Grove Elementary School, in Cedar Rapids. Her schoolmates also shared many wonderful and exciting friendships. Abby loved using her phone and tablet. She was a big fan of Spiderman and many other super-heroes, but Abby’s favorite characters were Beauty and The Beast. Belle was her absolute favorite.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Claude Pierce.

A memorial fund has been established in Abby’s name and may be directed to the Quaker Credit Union in Cedar Rapids.

Please share your support and memories with Abby’s family on her Tribute Wall at under obituaries.

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