Sharon Ann Walter
1965 – 2013
Our sweet Sharon was released early on Sunday, June 31st from her relatively short life and the drawn-out pain and suffering resulting from her struggle with cancer.
She was escorted through her early life by her parents and legal guardians Orgen and Mary Alice (Davies) Walter (both deceased), with much help and guidance from family friends in the Salt Lake area; particularly the loving family of Otis and Sandra Adams, with whom she lived very happily for two years, and that of Louise "Auntie" Alexander; often spending brief stints in Nashville, Tenn., visiting her mother's family intermittently throughout her teenage years growing up in the Salt Lake area, where she attended and graduated from East High School.
Sharon then attended the University of Utah, before soon finding the independence she craved and was geared for in landing a job as a flight attendant with Western Airlines at the youthful age of 19. She worked with the company throughout the remainder of its existence, and stayed on through the buyout and transition over to Delta Airlines, living primarily in Southern California until 1998, before ultimately deciding to move back to Utah, where she enjoyed her remaining years, all the while staying very close to, and very much a part of, the family of Alice and Deworth Williams and their son Geoff, Sharon's longtime companion and friend.
Sharon was a dancer: Her love of ballet began in childhood and, with the inclusion of other dance forms, lasted into her adult years. She was highly intelligent and enjoyed literature and comedy, as well as art, film, food, and a delicate affection for gardening; yet she continually remained remarkably unpretentious in character. She was brave, strong, and fun-loving… an old soul with a magnificent imagination who was blessed with a sharp wit and formidable sense of humor which helped her "roll with the punches", facing life's many obstacles with tremendous gusto and an extraordinary joie de vivre.
"All (she'd) wanted was the same answers the rest of us want: Where do I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got?" –from Blade Runner
Sharon will be sorely missed by her multitudes of loyal friends, associates, and loved ones whom she knew as her family.
Bon Voyage, Miss Sharon!
A wake to celebrate Sharon's life will be held at the No Name Saloon on Monday, July 15th at 4p.m: 447 Main Street, Park City.
Of equal importance, the presence of all those whose company Sharon enjoyed is also requested at a memorial service to acknowledge her departure from this life; to be held at the Calgary Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 12 p.m.: 1090 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT.
An online guestbook in honor of Sharon will be available to sign, to leave sentiments and regards, or share thoughts and memories at: www.legacy.com
Much thanks to the Reverend France Davis of the Calgary Baptist Church, as well as Jesse and Ronnie from the No Name Saloon, and her many close friends there. Flowers are welcome, but donations can be sent, in lieu, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation at: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-donations
Published in The Park Record from July 10 to July 13, 2013