Sharon passed away peacefully on May 4th at Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops after a lengthy illness. She was born in Calgary and moved to B.C. with her parents when she was still a toddler. Following the death of her father when Sharon was just 7 years old, her mother accepted a teaching position in Bella Coola and they spent several years there before moving to Prince George and then eventually Kamloops.
Sharon attended UBC where she received her teaching degree and met many friends with whom she kept in touch over the years. She taught in several B.C. communities and later joined the staff at the Kamloops Public Library where she remained until her retirement.
Over the years Sharon hosted a number of international students while they attended high school and TRU in Kamloops. She provided them with a loving home and always made sure they did their homework! Her deep friendships with these students led to years of overseas travel for her and she always welcomed them on their return visits to Canada. Sharon’s love of travel included many cruises and expeditions to interesting parts of the world.
Thank you to the staff at Overlander LTC and a very special thank you to Kathy Manning of ‘Help is Here’ for her kind and compassionate assistance for the past 5 ½ years.
Sharon will be interred alongside her late parents and grandparents in Pacific Heritage Cemetery in Burnaby, B.C. A private family graveside service is planned.
In remembrance of Sharon, please consider a donation to your local Alzheimer’s association.
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Sharon was one of the first folks I got to know in Kamloops– she hired me when she was doing a stint as manager of “Classic Books”. She taught me a lot– much appreciated. We both wound up working for the library system. I admired Sharon’s organizational skills and smarts– and her caring ways for the students she “mothered”; so glad she got to travel and visit as a result. Meant to stay more in touch after we retired but sadly that was cut short. Always will fondly remember Sharon!
I worked with Sharon for many years at the Library System. She was one of the first people I met there and I always enjoyed working with her. Sharon was the “go to” staff member for many people and she taught me a lot. Her kindness and generosity were much appreciated. I will remember her with much fondness .