Friday, September 9, 2011
On Sept. 7, 2011 our mom, Sharon Page was welcomed into the arms of Jesus, while holding her children's hands. Ernest and Nellie (Worster) Page were blessed on July 15, 1941 when a little angel with big blue eyes and blonde hair was given to them. She joined at home an older sister, Donna who always protected her baby sister.
She grew up on a farm in Grandview, graduating with the Grandview High School class of 1959. She had a scholarship to college but opted to attend Charm Beauty School so she could help the family take care of the farm. She graduated from beauty school in 1960 and worked at various beauty shops in the valley eventually owning Your Highness Salon in Sunnyside. She was able to express her artistic abilities by her beauty work during this stage of her life.
She had the joy of developing many close friends who she held close to her heart. She held various career paths in her life but anyone who know Mom knew she loved being able to talk to people. She was a life long member of the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church where she sang in the choir for years and taught children's church.
Sharon had a love of cooking and anyone that she knew was at some point blessed with her sugar cookies or yummy cinnamon rolls. She helped make many Christmas parties better with her velvet hammers. She was forced to retire due to health complications, during this time she developed her love for reading. Her favorite author was Karen Kingsbury.
Her Christian faith grew stronger and she was truly blessed, God pulled her through congestive heart failure in 2004 and in 2005 was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, Mom was truly one of the most courageous and brave women I knew. On the day she was diagnosed with cancer she told us "come on, lets go out to dinner." She always had the faith that God would take care of her.
Mom also had a deep love for animals, rescuing many. During her illness she was encouraged to obtain a service companion and was blessed with a furry friend "Gretchen".
Sharon was blessed with the birth of her daughter, Dawna in 1964 and then 21 years later she was blessed again with a son, Joshua. In 2001 she was given another blessing when her daughter married, Steve Evans, who became her son and friend. In 2002 her greatest dream in life became reality with the birth of her only granddaughter MacKenzie. MacKenzie put a twinkle in Nana's eyes that could not be dimmed.
Sharon is survived by her children Dawna and Joshua; granddaughter, MacKenzie; her niece Jacque of Grandview; special cousins, Beth and Linda of Seattle and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her special life long friends Josephine Rodriguez and Kathryne Smith and her special little friend "Gretchen".
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna (Page) Smith and son-in-law Steve Evans and special aunts Ruby Jones and Helen Lechelt.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside with Funeral Services to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Those wishing to sign Sharon's on line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Sharon's memory may contribute to the MacKenzie Evans College Scholarship Fund at Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.