Shannon Lee Backman

September 24, 1949October 9, 2010

Shannon Lee Backman, 61, died, on Saturday, October 9, 2010, in Mobile, Alabama, after a brief illness. Shannon was born September 24, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa, and was a long time resident of both Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama. She was married to Ret. Lt. Col. Stephen M. Backman. Shannon was a Registered Nurse who worked Oncology for many years assisting those who struggled with the same disease that ultimately took her from us. After retirement from her career, Shannon traveled with Steve and was executive director of WISE, Women in Search of Equity for Military in Divorce, based in Annapolis, Md. Her work helped many military service members resolve contentious divorce and retirement issues. Shannon’s diligent effort culminated in having a bill passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. She is survived by her children, Samuel Paul Routh (Angie); Alison Colby Kennedy; Corey Backman Nicolosi (Paul), and Robert Backman (Ruby); grandchildren, Kaylee Routh and Ava Nicolosi; sisters, Jody Herring (David) and Lecky King; brother, Paul Braddy, and a host of loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Floy Braddy and her brother in law, Don King. The family will greet friends and family for visitation on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery, AL. There will be a graveside service immediately following. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The American Cancer Society or Allen Memorial Home in Mobile, AL. Condolences may be offered to the family at


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, October 12, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Kathleen Owens

October 13, 2010

My mother Pat Bruce and Shannon were so entertaining when they'd chat! I met Shannon once years ago and boy was she a burst of energy! Such a great spirit! I'll miss hearing about her and the lively conversations she and my mom had.

Pat Bruce

October 13, 2010

I have lost my best friend. There will always be a void in my life with her gone. May you find ya!

October 12, 2010

You all know how Marilyn and I feel. Although my 'second family' I was was closer to you in many ways than my first family. Very sorry we couldn't get down for the service but you all are in are hearts. Much love and now it's time for some happy times.

Sandi Owen

October 12, 2010

I have such wonderful memories of my friendship with Shannon even though we hadn't seen each other in years. My thoughts and prayers are with you, I'm so very sorry for your loss.

October 11, 2010

Dear Braddys,
This is so hard to do and such a shock. We had lost touch with Shannon and I am so very sorry. You know how we feel about all of you and that will never change. Please let us hear from you and know that we still miss all of you.
P.S. We never knew about Floy so I am doubly sad.

Chip and Carol