Sharon Lee Collins-Willis-McDonald
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March 8, 1935 - February 9, 2013
Sharon (Cheri) Collins-Willis-McDonald of Caldwell died February 9th at home after a long battle with C.O.P.D. and other health problems. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22nd at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Sharon, the daughter of Eila and Russell Collins was born March 8, 1935 in Caldwell Idaho. Sharon was raised and went to school in Caldwell. She moved with her mother, Eila to McCall, Idaho and worked as a telephone operator. While in McCall, she met Tony Willis. They soon married and had 2 sons, Lonny and Tim. They moved back to Caldwell. Sharon and Tony divorced.
Sharon went to work at Pollards Drive In and continued to work in the food and beverage industry for years. That occupation took her to Burley, Idaho in the early 1960's.
While in Burley, Sharon met Bill McDonald. They both moved to Boise, Idaho and were married. Sharon worked at The Ranch Club and Game Keeper. In 1968 their daughter, Kimberley was born. Sharon had wanted a daughter and Kimberley was more than the light of her life. Sharon worked at Intermountain Gas Co. for several years in sales and service. She enjoyed the interaction with customers and contractors. Sharon also worked at Terry Riley Health Clinic in credit and collections, I/D/E/A as a sales Rep, and Caldwell Vision Clinic in collections, Caldwell. Sharon moved to Wickenburg, Arizona and worked at a local bank. She then retired and returned to Caldwell.
Sharon's passion was interior decorating and certainly missed a true calling. She also had interests from ceramics and various crafts to arranging and decorating the home. Sharon was active. She enjoyed the beauty of flower gardens and the hobby of gardening. When Sharon's health prohibited her from working in her flower beds, Sharon would have her care provider keep her flower gardens flawless and always under Sharon's watchful eye. She truly enjoyed the company and care of Kelly and later Kim. Sharon had opinions and wasn't shy about sharing those opinions. Whether or not it was her business, you never had to ask Sharon what she thought on any topic.
Sharon's ideas were set and those were tested when she lived in front of the shop belonging to her son, Lonny. It bothered Sharon that many of her sons' friends rode motorcycles and the loud noise they made as they rode passed her house. Sharon called Lonny into the house to tell him of his poor choice of friends and that "Bikers" were not the right types of people to befriend. As time went on this fear passed and from Sharon's patio she would wave at those same "Bikers". Soon she was calling them up to the house to visit. One time Lonny came up to the shop to find one of his biker friends rolling around in Sharon's back yard with her poodle in the biker's arms. Both were laughing and having a great time. Later, Sharon told Lonny "Those aren't bad boys" and "They are good friends".
Sharon was preceded in death by her mother Eila, father Russell, stepfather Buck Binion, brother Harold Stradley and son Tim Willis. Surviving relatives are: brother and sister-in-law Rex and Colleen Collins, son and daughter-in-law Lonny and Kerry Willis and daughter Kimberley McDonald. Grandchildren are: Forest Wayne, Michael, Kristin, Travis, Amanda, Tammy, Angela, Alicia, many great grandchildren and a very special friend, Judy Meyers.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 20, 2013