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Speck, Sharon
1938 - 2017
Sharon Jane (nee Anderson) Speck, age 79, of Worthington Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Sharon was born on April 28, 1938 to the late Charles and Mary Jane (nee Velliquette) Anderson in Port Clinton, OH. She graduated from Port Clinton High School. Through a combined program at Muskingum College and Case Western Reserve University, Sharon earned her BSN to become a Registered Nurse.
After marrying Sam Speck, Sharon worked as a public health nurse in Boston while Sam completed his doctoral classes. Traveling to Africa with her husband to continue his dissertation research, she served as Director of Nursing in Malawi African Mental Hospital. After returning to New Concord, OH, Sharon worked part time as a nurse in Zanesville and Cambridge, as a staff nurse in the Muskingum College Student Health Clinic, and served nine years on the Zanesville-Muskingum County Board of Health.
Sharon participated in many volunteer activities. She volunteered with deaf children in the Zanesville City School system. She was president of the regional Self Help for Hard of Hearing People organization. She was a member of the State Committee on the Education of the Deaf and also the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Advisory Committee on Deafness and Hearing Impairment. As a true partner in her marriage, she campaigned for her husband's successful runs for the Ohio House and Senate and operated a home office for volunteers during his years in the legislature. While her husband served an appointment in Washington D.C., she volunteered for several years in the Old Executive Office Building, providing assistance to the White House. Upon returning to Ohio, Sharon became an active First Lady at Muskingum College during her husband's twelve-year tenure as college president. With diminishing vision and hearing throughout her adult life, Sharon remained a role model to all she encountered with her warmth, her independence, and her strength. In recognition of her lifelong achievements and contributions, she was awarded the 2013 Alumni Association President's Award from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Sharon is survived by her husband, Dr. Sam Speck, Jr. of Worthington; her sons Dr. Sam (Ellen) Speck III of LaGrange and Derek Speck of Seattle; her grandchildren, Sam Speck IV of Cincinnati, Sarah Speck of St. Louis, and Steven Speck of LaGrange; and her brother, Terry Anderson of Connecticut. Visiting hours will be held at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL 6699 N. High Street (1/2 mile south of 270) on Thursday, July 20 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the WORTHINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH on Friday, July 21 at 10:00 AM. A committal ceremony (open to the public) will be held at the New Concord Cemetery (formerly Union Township Cemetery) on Friendship Drive in New Concord, Ohio on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 AM. Immediately after the committal ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the Atrium of the Muskingum University Library.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 19, 2017
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