Sharon Elaine LeBaron Morgan|
(The woman in the airport)
April 21, 1938 ~ August 3, 2012
In loving memory of our wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Sharon was born April 21, 1938 to Elton Irving LeBaron and Eleanor Mary Rich LeBaron in Schenectady, New York. Raised in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, she graduated as valedictorian of Dye High School in 1955. She attended BYU and graduated with a degree in elementary education. There, she met her husband, Alvin W. Morgan. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on December 12, 1958. Sharon, Al and their young family moved several times. They resided in Utah, Michigan and Washington, eventually settling in Salem, Oregon, where they lived and raised their thirteen children. Her devotion to family and community showed as she served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Families in 1980 for the state of Oregon. She was also a member of the curriculum committee for the Salem, Oregon school district. In 2005, Al and Sharon moved to Provo, Utah and have spent several winters in Mesa, Arizona. Sharon fulfilled many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which she was a faithful member her entire life. She and her husband served as missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. Sharon had a great appreciation for music and found much joy in sharing her talents. She sang and played several instruments, including the piano and organ. She had a lifetime commitment to researching her ancestors and was an avid genealogist. She enjoyed the beauties of the earth and spending time with her loved ones in the outdoors and at the lakes. Her love for others was evident through her kind words, gentle touch and acts of service. She was generous and compassionate, determined and courageous. She had a beautiful smile, a sparkle in her eyes and a keen sense of humor.
Sharon often expressed the importance of looking for the good in others, and this showed in her intense love for so many. Her greatest attribute was her love for the Savior and all the Lord's children. She was strong and unwavering in her testimony of Jesus Christ and took the opportunity to teach by word and example. She searched for, found and humbly lived the truth.
Many years ago, Sharon was blessed to be the recipient of an act of kindness by Elder Spencer W. Kimball. Finding herself stranded with her small daughter at the Chicago, O'Hare Airport, and threatening to miscarry, Sharon was provided service and compassion by Elder Kimball, who came to her aid. He provided much needed warmth and kindness as he helped calm her tired and hungry child and helped them on their way to their destination. His influence and the example he set to our family and to so many will be forever instilled in our hearts.
Sharon is survived by her husband Alvin W. Morgan Jr., her thirteen children: LeaMarie Robertson (Carl) Georgetown Texas; William W. Morgan (Beverly) Eagle Mountain, UT; John E. Morgan (Myra) Orem, UT; Celeste A. Olsen (Lars) Salem, OR; Nelson Morgan da Silva (Cassia) Salem, OR; Catherine E. Dolenc (Don) Keizer, OR; SheriAnne Andersen (Eric) Springfield, OR; Kathryn M. Enfield (David) Murrieta, CA; David L. Morgan (Marquelle) Saratoga Springs, UT; Bonnie E. Brinton (Andy) Spanish Fork, UT; Alvin J. Morgan (Jennifer) Salem, OR; Barbara E. Morgan, Provo, UT; Sarah Ashliman (Paul) Spanish Fork, UT. She is the grandmother of 53 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Edward LeBaron (Nancy); her sisters Margaret "Peggy" Jeffrey (Ed), Barbara Robins and Mary Eckert (Paul); as well as Aunt Effie Dean Rich, Aunt Carol Brown (Ken), Aunt Dorothy Rich, Aunt Margaret "Sis" Hill and Elton Hill, Uncle "Ted" and Aunt "Pete" Rich; mother-in-law Carolyne A. Morgan, in-laws Stephen Morgan, Diane Slade, Michael Morgan (Chris) and many cousins and extended family.
The family wishes to express gratitude to all who have shown such loving care and compassion to Sharon and the family, including the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, and First Choice Home Health and Hospice. We have all been blessed by ministering angels on both sides of the veil.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Provo Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 E. North Temple Drive. Friends and family may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Tuesday evening from 6 until 8, and at the church Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30 prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Deseret News from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2012