Sharon Christine Ellingson Baum

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With a heavy heart I announce Sharon Christine Ellingson Baum passing from lung cancer on January 29th, 2016 at the age of 62. Her last days were spent in her home in Spring, Texas surrounded by her family.

Born May 4th, 1953 to Patricia Lin Baum and William Eldon Baum, Sharon embraced each day as a an opportunity to tackle mountains and convert them into molehills, with an ever present smile, concluding conversations, "Positive thoughts," she kept the good times in easy reach. As a child she quickly rose to the rank of "Queen of the Girls" and together with her scrappy older brother Michael; charted out the day's activities; ever aware of the logistics needed to round up the gang, with implements of fun, to play kick ball, work on the neighborhood tree fort or polish the park slides with wax paper to launch game flyers. She maintained a stoic outlook throughout her life, never complaining about the difficulties and often musing "Smile, and the world smiles with you." Even in her darkest hours she was a gracious hostess and made sure everyone had "liquid refreshment" and sent out positive thoughts.

Sharon was a tireless advocate for everyone she came in contact with and even those she did not know. For 20 years as a paralegal case manager at the firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman; she worked to defend the common man against the unsafe practices of the pharmaceutical and blood products industries. She revolutionized modern litigation by integrating computer technology to the discovery process. She was able to streamline document analysis that would normally take years and millions of dollars into a matter of months and sometimes days. She was a diligent master of her craft and it was not unusual for her to be huddled behind mounds of paper and document production CDs in her home office well into the middle of the night.

In 1977 in a little bar called "Seves" a newly single Sharon resolved to only date established men. Enter the goofy, lanky, "fresh-off-the-boat" Army Veteran Gerald "Jerry" Michael Ellingson. Their friends and family like to say this soft spoken "life-of-the-party" adorned in a halo; locked eyes with Sharon and it was all over from there. They became inseparable and in April of 1978 were married. They bore three children Nathan, Sarah and Stephanie; and were together for 37 years until Jerry's death, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, in August 2015. Sharon remained his sidekick, confidant, nurse, friend, unsung hero... his wife until the bitter end; at a detriment to her own health.

Sharon's stage four lung cancer was discovered in February of 2014, she battled with her ever present stoic vigor and conviction of the heart. Her light shines on across four generations: her mother, Patricia Baum; brothers, Tim and Michael Baum; children, Nathan Ellingson, Sarah Oliver, and Stephanie Bassi; and grandchildren, Tyler Oliver and Addison Oliver.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you contribute in her name to her nephew Jack Baum's Jump Rope for Heart

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, Woody Matters

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or to the Disabled Veterans

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through The Veterans of Foreign Wars.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" in California at the Zellar residence on March 5th, starting at 2 p.m., and in Texas at the Tuxhorn residence on March 19th at 2 p.m., for details contact Nathan, Sarah or Stephanie.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Feb. 11 to Feb. 24, 2016
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