Sharon Kessey, 70, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, of cancer in Red Bluff, Calif. She was born Sept. 8, 1942, and raised in Marin County, Calif., then moved to San Francisco, where she earned degrees in psychology, biology and teaching. |
She worked for a couple of years as a letter carrier, then traveled through Canada, the eastern U.S. and Mexico, before hitchhiking to Alaska, where she fell in love with its mountainous beauty and wildness, and settled in Fairbanks.
She worked as a field biologist, scuba diver, machine shop parts cleaner, pipeline surveyor and warehouse partsman, real estate salesperson, substitute teacher, builder of her own small house, traveler, then office worker at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Mining Extension and Geophysical Institute. She earned her Master's of Fine Arts in writing and wrote her book about the history of the street names of Fairbanks.
After retiring, she began spending winters in Red Bluff, near her elderly mother, and from 2006-12, stayed year-round as full-time caregiver.
She was a member of both Fairbanks and Red Bluff's Garden Clubs and was an accredited flower show judge.
Sharon was predeceased by her mother, Marion Mae (Keele, Kessey) Dunlap; father, Ira Sylvanus Kessey II; and brother, Peter Jay Kessey.
She is survived by her husband, Roger B. McPherson; son, Nathan Cody Kessey; sisters, Jeanne Reuter and Kris Kessey; brothers, Barry Kessey, Michael Dunlap and Ira Kessey; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She had a good time and was sorry to leave.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 1, 2013