Sarah F. Shannon, who spent 23 years as a teacher at Jessup Elementary School before retiring in 1983, died Nov. 6 at Patuxent River Rehabilitation Center in Laurel. She was 89.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Frances C. Shannon.

Sarah Frances Brown was born in Salisbury, Md., and moved to the Washington area as a child. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940 and from the University of Maryland in 1944. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

She was a past treasurer and chair of the thrift and gift shop of Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge, Md. She was a volunteer political activist for Maryland Democrats.

She moved to Sarasota, Fla., from Jessup, Md., two years ago. She was visiting the Washington area when she was taken ill.

Her husband, William H. Shannon, whom she married in 1945, died in 2004. Survivors include four children, retired Air Force Lt. Col. George P. Shannon of Levering, Mich., Constance E. Bulawka of Sarasota, Frances C. Shannon of New York and William H. Shannon of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes