Marjorie Sharp

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Obituaries are written about people who have died; this is written about a person who lived. Marjorie Elizabeth Grimes Sharp of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. More importantly, Marjorie was born in El Paso, Texas, on July 23, 1939. Far from claiming any sort of Texas birthright, she was New Mexican through and through. She was raised in Socorro, New Mexico, by her parents, Joe and Catherine Grimes. In years to follow, she begrudgingly learned to share her stuff with her sister Sherrell Grimes and brother Joe Grimes, Jr. Marjorie graduated from Socorro High School in 1956 and came to Las Cruces to earn her bachelor's degree in education from New Mexico State University, which she did in 1960. While at NMSU, she fell in with a rowdy, wonderful bunch of sorority sisters at Chi Omega that ran around with her to the very end. After graduating, she accepted a teaching job in Lompoc, California, where she made the fateful decision to attend a social function that included some steely eyed Air Force officers. Jimmy Faye Sharp plied his charms on the beautiful school teacher, and they were married in Socorro, NM, on April 6, 1963. The Sharps lived in many exotic locales courtesy of the USAF, including Lincoln, Nebraska, and Dayton, Ohio. Soon, Marjorie brought forth two sons and a daughter, and taught them many important lessons for life. For example, paddle ball games were repurposed when the little rubber balls detached as an effective paddle for misbehaving children. Ice cream and soda poured in a cold glass made a delicious coke float. Eat all the vegetables. Canned tamales are a versatile every-meal solution when camping. Never pass the queen in spades (but we always knew when she had it). Marjorie loved being an educator, and she spent the majority of her career helping thousands of children embrace the classroom. No matter where she taught, she made a difference in kids' lives, and even after retirement, Marjorie was recognized and thanked by her former students. She was recognized as the "Teacher of the Year" in 1998, an achievement of which she was very proud. As her own children grew and left home, Marjorie and Jim developed a major talent for travel, and visited 6 continents, including destinations in Western Europe, Mexico, Canada, Greece, the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Morocco, Antarctica – no land was beyond her grasp. She felt the sun on Machu Picchu, tasted wine in Southern France, photographed icebergs across the Drake Passage, and put brush to canvas in Italy. Hers was a life well lived. She loved all her shenanigans with her Beta Sigma Phi sisters, and the family has been sworn to secrecy in all matters concerning their clandestine activities. She spent much of her time oil painting and spent many hours in her makeshift studio. Her work was hung at St. Clair Bistros throughout the state. She had a lifelong addiction to green chile that she never even tried to kick, and even traveled to faraway places with cans of the finest pods Hatch could offer squirreled away deep in the recesses of her luggage. She loved spending time with her eight grandchildren, taking an active part in their upbringing and supplying the love that only a grandmother can. Marjorie was a big part of a lot of people's lives, and she will be long remembered. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jimmy Sharp, and her sister Sherrell Grimes of Las Cruces. She will be sorely missed by her children Richard Sharp of Albuquerque; Robert Sharp and his wife Karen-Hanson Sharp of Las Cruces; and Rebecca Sharp-Lescombes and her husband Florent Lescombes of Deming. Marjorie leaves behind six grandsons and two granddaughters, along with countless friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father Joe Grimes, her mother Catherine Grimes and her brother Joe Grimes, Jr. Visitation will take place at Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador in Las Cruces, from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, May 5. Services are planned at St Paul's Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs in Las Cruces, at 10am Tuesday, May 6. Graveside services will follow immediately afterward. Marjorie will rest with her parents and brother at the Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces. Marjorie's passing was due to complications from an infection of the fungi Aspergillus, and when she was told that her fight was over, she said, "That's a bummer." She was right about that, and she doesn't want anybody else to ever have to go through what she did. She had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Research Program at: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Every human being is imbued with the stuff of life, but it takes an extraordinary person to live that life. Marjorie was full of laughter, love, friendship, understanding and curiosity. We should all live by her example.
Funeral Home
La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador  Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-526-6891
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 4, 2014
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