NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County woman died during yesterday's rain showers while on Loop 224 near the intersection of Sandia Street.
The victim was 31 year old Shannon Brown, a well-liked deputy clerk in the Nacogdoches County District Clerk's office.
Loretta Cammack said Brown was making a crawfish run Sunday afternoon, but after discovering the store was closed had pulled to the shoulder. It was when Brown re-entered traffic that police say a collision with another car occurred. Others involved in the accident received non-life threatening injuries.
Brown's death is creating a lot of sadness in the close-knit courthouse office. The Nacogdoches District Clerk's office was closed to the public on Monday. Cammack knew it would be difficult for the deputy clerks to meet the public.
“We are very close family here, and this has rocked us beyond belief,” Cammack said.
They're missing Shannon Brown, their co-worker for just over two years.
Today Shannon's desk sat empty, except for a framed card of all the adjectives her co-workers use when describing their friend. The standout words are kind, cheerful, and enthusiastic.
“This is pretty indicative of what everybody thinks about her and we miss her,” Cammack said.
The deputy clerks spend more time together than they do with their families. They tried to work. They answered a few phone calls, but those who understand know working people have hearts and emotions too.
“And the public that we had to talk to today have been so understanding,” Cammack said. “The courts have cooperated with rescheduling things, so the clerks don't have to be in the court this morning."
Instead, time was spent remembering. The journalism degree holder was the one with pretty hairstyles who the public seemed to notice.
“We would always ask them, 'Who helped you?', and they would always say it was the one with the hair,” said Blanca Romero, a deputy clerk. “And she had so much hair."
The 31 year old never married but dreamed of having a family one day. Until then, she shared gifts with her coworker's children.
“My girls said, 'Did her boyfriend or husband give them to her?'” said Jessica Hill, a deputy clerk. And I said, ‘No, she's not married.' And my little girl said, 'She's so pretty on the inside and outside I can't believe she's not married.'”
Brown's confidence made her happy. Her parents, sister and brother will miss her, but so will her second family.
Brown's memorial service will be Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home. Some Nacogdoches County Courthouse offices are re-arranging schedules and may be closed at that time.