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Shawn Erin True

May 18, 1982 — September 28, 2018

Shawn Erin True, 36, of Mason City, IA, passed away suddenly on September 28th, 2018 as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 119 South Georgia Ave, with the Rev. Dan Fernandez officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 P.M. Wednesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Memorials may be directed to the Shawn True Memorial Fund in care of the Clear Lake Bank and Trust for her three daughters.

Shawn was born May 18, 1982, to Steve True and Julie (Burkart) True, the 5th of 6 children. She attended Mason City Schools, graduating from MCHS in 2000. Shawn furthered her education at NIACC and then the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Social Work and earning her Master’s degree. She truly loved helping others and was very passionate about her work. She worked for Mason City Head Start and completed her Master’s internship at Mason City Crisis Intervention. After earning her Master’s, she worked as a social worker for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa until fall 2017. She most recently was spreading joy at Senior Life Solutions in Hampton, IA.

Shawn married her high school sweetheart, Chad Buffington, on June 22, 2002. From this union, she was blessed with her oldest daughter, Leila Rose Buffington (11). Shawn and Chad later divorced. Shawn then fell in love with her good friend’s brother, Brandon Frank, and they have been together for the past 10 years. From this union, Shawn was blessed with two more beautiful daughters, Lennon Jewel True-Frank (8), and Magnolia Claire True-Frank (4). Shawn was known for her magnificent lipsticked smile, infectious laughter, big personality, and love for life. She was confident, liberal, compassionate, non-judgmental, and had a free spirit. She would truly light up any room she entered! She did not know a stranger, was a great friend to many, an amazing sister, a great partner, and most importantly, a fabulous mom.

Shawn’s biggest love was for her daughters—they were her everything! She was determined to raise her daughters to be confident, intelligent, and fierce. She taught them to be original and have original thoughts. She enforced in them a sense of individualism, letting them know to be whomever they truly are.

Those left to cherish Shawn’s memories and spirit are her significant other, Brandon Frank; Daughters Leila (11), Lennon (8), and Magnolia (4); mother Julie True; sisters Stephanie Moon, Sara True, Stacey (Joe) Keane, and Shelby True; brother Eric (Tara) True; in-laws Curt Frank, Kim (Stephen Decker) Frank, Amber Hrubes, Nycole Hrubes, and Andrew Hrubes; nieces and nephews Garrette True, Blake (Alexa) True, Reese True, Lexi Moon, Adan, Kyan Gutierrez, Elly Gutierrez, Alyssa Keane, Maleah True, and Zaria True; Maya Barrientes, Kaileb Baker, Kaiden Hrubes, Nevaeh Culley, Tylianna Culley, and Harmony Culley; many aunts, cousins, and friends all too numerous to name.

Those who greet Shawn in heaven are her father , Steve; maternal grandparents Al & Gretchen Burkart; paternal grandparents, Carl and Clara True; Brandon’s grandparents, Clara Frank and Robert Meyer; brother-in-law, Chad Moon; uncles Kenny True, Tom Stricker; aunt Bridget True; cousins Little David True, Mike Carpenter, Amanda Burkart, Christopher Burkart, Shannon Duclos, and Hunter True.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Shawn Erin True, please visit our flower store.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

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First United Methodist Church

119 S. Georgia, Mason City, IA 50401

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