Shawna Kay Rodney, 23, of Owensboro, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2021 with her baby Emberlyn Grace by her side, as result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Born at Christmastime, December 28, 1997, she blessed the late Brandon Rodney and Amanda Johnson immediately.

Filled with charisma from the beginning, Shawna was fun-loving and caring. A natural nurturer, if you will. Defined by those who love her most, she was a firecracker, exploding with love and passion for life and learning. An avid fan of tv series, especially Grey’s Anatomy, Shawna encompassed an appreciation for images and photography. Taking photos of people and places brought such a sense of joy. Many times, you could find her nestled up reading a great book, if there was time, because more times than not she was chasing Emme around. They say actions speak louder than words, but Shawna had such love for Emme, and being her mother was her life’s joy. The actions to prove are the countless videos of singing, dancing, laughing and just being together with Emme that she leaves behind to bless all who love her.

Aside from her father, Brandon, Shawna is preceded in death by her daughter, Emberlyn Grace Howard; great-grandfather, Dale “PawPaw” Gallimore.

Aside from her mother, those who remain to honor and remember Shawna’s life and legacy are her son, Izaiah Howard; her fiancé, Dylan Cole Howard; a brother, Austin and sisters, Makayla and Nevaeh; an uncle, Steve Lehman and aunts, Shelby Pritchett, Brittney Rodney, Morgan Johnson, Jayla Johnson, Ashley Clark and Angela Rodney; grandparents, Amy and Steve Lehman, Lisa and Anthony Johnson, and Nathan and Debbie Rodney; and a great-grandmother, Geraldine Pennetti and Terry Williford.

Visitations for Shawna will take place Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Emme will be with her.

Those who wish to honor and remember Shawna and Emme at the visitation celebration are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those who are in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Shawna Kay.

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Visitation: March 21, 2021 4:00 pm - March 21, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. So sorry but your daughter and granddaughter is with the Lord. A great place to be. Prayers for your little grandson and your family. God will take care of your little one left here. My name is Betty the lady that fixed your breakfast at Fairfield Marriott. Prayers and will be thinking about you.

  2. Ww are so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful, vibrant woman. They both are resting in God’s hands now. All of our love is wirh you through this devastating time.

  3. She will be missed, she was such an amazing friend and always made everyone laugh around her and she was a very good mother. I love you, rip

  4. What a tragedy to lose both. Our deepest and sincere condolences. Praying for those that are left quesadilla with the loss. God bless you Ray and Karla Downey from Killeen Tx.

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