Sheron Kay Weaver
CHATHAM - Sheron Kay Weaver, 60, of Chatham, IL, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at St. John's Hospice with her family by her side.
She was born November 6, 1952, in Batesville, Arkansas to the late Elza Dewey and Nina Modene Brewer Taylor. Sheron married Richard Weaver on January 13, 1973. Sheron graduated with highest honors and received a degree in nursing from Sauk Valley Community College in 1982. She specialized in geriatrics and worked at several nursing homes and in home health care.
Sheron loved animals and had a large collection of antique toys, stuffed animals and dolls. She was an avid fan of several soap operas, "All My Children", "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital". Every Tuesday, she would go to Family Video for their New Release Day to see the latest movies.
Mrs. Weaver is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard; son, Matthew Weaver of Chatham (girlfriend, Michelle Bialas); daughter, Nikki M. Weaver of Galesburg; granddaughter, (of whom she was enormously proud) Cierra Stanley of Galesburg; and sister, Shirley Stebens of Chatham.
Sheron was a fiercely independent woman who lived life on her own terms and would accept nothing else. Her mother died at a young age from Huntington's Disease; Sheron realized that it would also affect her. Huntington's disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington's disease has a broad impact on a person's functional abilities and usually results in movement and thinking (cognitive) disorders.
When Sheron was no longer able to drive, she rode a "granny trike"; when she couldn't ride, she walked. When she encountered a set-back, she made a new game plan and took one step at a time.
Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, March 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. The gathering will be informal. There will be vignettes of Sheron's life, her favorite music (rock and roll from the 60's and 70's), photos, and lots of story sharing to celebrate Sheron's life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Chapter of Huntington Disease Society of America, PO Box 1883, Arlington Heights, IL 6006-1883, www.hdsa.org/il.
Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, is serving the Weaver family.