Sharon Anderson Leon (1942 - 2018)

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Sharon Anderson Leon, age 75, went to be with our Lord on Jan. 28, 2018. For the past five months, she struggled with health issues. What began as a pulmonary issue turned into a quadruple heart bypass and, due to complications, five weeks in ICU. Although she was strong, her body could not fight any longer and she passed peacefully.
Sharon was born in Kent, Wash., on Oct. 25, 1942, to Les and Dorothy Anderson. She moved to Alaska at the age of 5, where she lived the rest of her life. She graduated from Anchorage High School and attended Western Washington University, where she received her bachelor's degree in education. During college, she was an exchange student in Mexico City where she met her husband, Ed Leon, an exchange student from Orange Coast College, Calif. After college, Sharon and Ed returned to Alaska, where they raised their family and experienced all that Alaska had to offer.
Living in Alaska during its frontier phase, Sharon grew up in Anchorage in an un insulated cabin with a wood stove for heat and cooking; she hauled water in a water bucket from the community well for cooking and bathing; and fished on the Kenai Peninsula at the family's set-net site for many years during the summer months. Sharon truly loved her adopted state and didn't hesitate to rave about all it had to offer.
Sharon was an educator and an out-of-the-box thinker who had a mission to help teens. She was employed by the Rural Student Vocational Program when it first began, and worked tirelessly to make it a successful program. She was also important to the development and success of the Anchorage Youth Court. She traveled to other parts of Alaska and the United States, to help start other Youth Court programs. She was an integral part of helping this program thrive in Alaska, giving kids the skills they needed to get back on track, and launching successful careers for many teens.
During their 54 year marriage, Sharon and Ed lived throughout Alaska in such wonderful places as Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, Fairbanks, Kotzebue and Anchorage. They made life-long friends and spent time in many other Alaska communities as well.
In retirement, Sharon spent time with her family, worked tirelessly in her garden and traveled throughout the globe. She is survived by her stepmother, Clara Anderson; her husband, Ed Leon; her children and their spouses, Shawnessy Leon, Jaime and Julie Leon, and Dahndi and Leonard Wheeler; and her grandchildren, Blake and Trey DesLauriers, Robert Hughes, Alexandra and Alyssa Leon, and Travis and Laina Wheeler. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Les and Dorothy Anderson, who she now joins with great celebration in Heaven.
Services to be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at 1 p.m., at Changepoint, 6689 Changepoint Drive in Anchorage.
Sharon's special request is that those in attendance "dress casually and wear the brightest colors."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alaska organizations that help at-risk teens.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2018