Born in Jackson, Mississippi, MaryAnne left as a teenager for the shores of Southern California. She worked at Huntington Beach as a lifeguard during the day. At night, she worked at Van De Kamp’s Restaurant in North Hollywood. Here is where she met young Bob Shand who was in southern California to attend Mathematics College for work at Bendix. They were from completely different backgrounds, but they found a life together for 45 years that started in sunny southern California. They married and raised 4 children, Douglas, Theresa (Teri), Carol and Mary Elizabeth (Betsy). When Bob was offered a job with Tektronix, they moved from the LA area to Beaverton Oregon in the early part of 1961. Bob worked at Tek until he retired.
MaryAnne dedicated herself to her children and the service of others. She started the first Physical Education Classes at St. Cecilia’s school where her children attended. Bob was equally dedicated to the St. Cecilia’s Church. MaryAnne advanced the support of the school through fundraisers, hot lunches and after school sports with a handful of other dedicated mothers. She gathered all the kids and their friends for beach trips to camp at Short Sands or desert trips to stay in the teepees at Kah-Nee-Tah. When the kids had paper routes, she was on the job with them for those early Sunday morning deliveries.
As the community and its needs grew, she stepped into a role with Tualatin Valley Fire and Search and Rescue as one of the first Shelter Managers for Civil Defense. She worked for the Beaverton School district bus service and special education transportation of mentally challenged children. She went into the medical field at OHSU as a receptionist to Dr. Stanley Jacob, the founder of DMSO research and use. MaryAnne travelled extensively for that cause for many years. She spent time at the Napa Valley Healer Clinic and after Bob retired from Tek, they traveled both locally and globally. Their trips included Puerto Rico, China, Hong Kong, a Caribbean cruise, drives into all parts of Canada and various regions of the U.S. They loved driving thousands of miles and exploring the open road.
After Bob passed in early 2001, MaryAnne went fulltime into learning and working as a Kidney Dialysis Technician for Twin Oaks Medical Center in Beaverton and St. Joseph’s in Vancouver. She was a State of Oregon Ombudsman for the health and safety of seniors. As time went on, she developed a passion for the metaphysical and collected crystals. She read extensively on eastern teachings of knowing and healing. She managed the care of her mother after a stroke for over 20 years and eventually moved into NW Portland to be with her at the Marshall Union Manor. She lived there and worked as a night on-call nurse to the building residents and she witnessed many a soul pass over. She made a lifelong friend in Sharon Monk and together they traversed Oregon, Washington and Canada on spiritual treks to hear teachers, attend workshops and camp at Mt. Adams for remote viewings. She spent time in New England and witnessed the blue moon rise out of the Atlantic Ocean from a boat in Casco Bay. She listened to the readings of St. Germaine in Mt. Shasta, sought out Medical intuitives in Kona Hawaii and taught us all that life has many dimensions. She taught us to keep our eyes open, believe in our intuition and manage our consequences to realize (your) full potential. We will miss her physical presence but know that we are surrounded by her and those that have passed before her every day of our lives. She joins her husband, Robert Alexander Shand (2001), mother, Florence Christine (2003) and beloved son, Douglas Edward (2007), doggie companion, Hunter (2013) and brother-in-law, Dr. James Shand (2015). MaryAnne is survived by her three daughters, Teri, Carol and Betsy and her grandchildren Shaun, Patrick, Nicholas, Anna, Mackenzie, Dominic, Tanisha, Kealani, Kamaile, Kanela, Kalia and her twelve great grandchildren Zachary, Lillian, Tobin, Alexander, Douglas, Halia, Anela, Kayla, Alijah, Maia, Michael, Tyler, a nephew Bill, her spiritual friends and animal companion, Ruby the dachshund. She remains our family Spiritual Guide from this day forward.