Sharon Havens Long-time Los Gatos resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5th after battling emphysema and a weak heart. Born in San Francisco, September 26, 1936, Sharon attended Polytechnic High School and moved to Cupertino with her three sons and husband in 1962. After a divorce in the early 70's, Sharon had to switch roles from a stay at home mom to a full-time working mom to support her family. She became very successful in retail sales which is not surprising if you've ever met Sharon. She had an amazing way to connect with all kinds of people. In 1978, Sharon moved her family to Los Gatos and became the top membership sales person for the new Courtside Tennis Club. Sharon went on to develop a very successful real estate career and became the "lady about town" in Los Gatos. Friendship and professional relationships were one and the same to Sharon. With her beautiful smile, sporty short hair and trim tennis figure, Sharon made and kept friends easily and loved nothing more than spending time with them. Throughout the 80's, Sharon could be seen cruising the streets of Los Gatos in her white 450 SL Mercedes, on her way to share laughs with friends at her favorite establishments, Steamers, C.B. Hannegan's and Cary Nation's. Sharon would be the first to tell you that her proudest accomplishment was her three sons. Sharon was devoted to her three boys, Mic, Sanford, and Tom. She spent over 20 years of her life rooting for them at every one of their countless sporting events. Sharon would always tell you her boys were perfect no matter what they threw her way, be it fights, broken windows, crashed cars or motorcycles. Her unconditional love forged an incredible bond with her sons and is the legacy she leaves to them as they raise their own children. Everyone felt like family around Sharon and her door was always open. No one ever knocked first at the Havens' house. They just walked in. Sharon's always calm demeanor made everyone around her relaxed and comfortable and her optimism and sense of humor got you laughing no mater what the situation. She was ahead of her time as a truly independent, confident woman whose kids were her number one priority. She was an old-fashioned gamer who loved to play Gin, Poker, Backgammon and Dominos and she always played for money. She won much more often than she lost and even her grandkids found themselves in her debt at one time or another. Sharon simply brought joy to those fortunate enough to be in her presence. Sharon is survived by her three sons, Mic, Sanford and Tom and daughter in-laws, Kelley, Margaret and Irma, and grandkids - Brett, Spencer, Evan, Brooke, Lucy, Elliot, Addy, Natalie, Courtney and Austin. Her life will be celebrated at St. Luke's Church, 20 University Way, Los Gatos, at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 21st. A reception will follow. There will be a viewing of Sharon on Friday, July 20th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos. Sharon was a one of a kind woman, loved by all. She will truly be missed.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 15 to July 17, 2012