Sharon Fernan Henry
1945 - 2019
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Sharon Fernan Henry, 74, of Metairie, LA, passed away from ovarian cancer on December 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family in a sun-drenched room at her daughter's home in Atlanta, GA. Sharon was born the youngest of twelve children on January 27, 1945 in Madison, WI to Thomas and Ann (Rubbert) Fernan. She is survived by daughters Jennifer Holmes & Jill (Bimal) Chopra; grandchildren Bella and Hank Chopra; siblings Tom (Marlys), Roberta (Rawley) Wharton, and Jim Fernan; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Elaine, Donna, Corrinne, Al, Pat, Ed, Jack and Janet. Born with the drive to help others, Sharon graduated from Tulane University with a Master's degree in Social Work in 1979. From there she embarked on a remarkable career as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, an adjunct professor at Tulane School of Social Work, an author, a professional speaker, and a critical incident responder and debriefer. Sharon finished her career post Hurricane Katrina as a contract mental health provider serving the needs of U.S. troops stationed in seven different countries overseas. Sharon was a lifelong learner and a natural teacher with a charisma that drew people to her. Gardening was a particular passion. She became a Certified Master Gardener and there was no happier day for her than one spent in her garden. Through years of steady tending it became a masterpiece, filled with undisguised beauty and hidden delights. Her joy there was multiplied by helping others learn about plants and flowers and by providing beautiful arrangements to organizations she was affiliated with, friends' homes, and even a few weddings. Sharon brought the same passion and dedication to the game of bridge. She was a life master and director at the Louisiana Bridge Center. She served on its board of directors; many of her closest friends were made there. But in keeping with who she was, what she loved most about the game was teaching it to others. She was a champion of new players and delighted in watching them grow and develop their own passion for the game. Most of all, Sharon's spirituality and connection with God defined her and molded her generous spirit. She was active at John Calvin Presbyterian Church for many years when her children were young, serving as a Sunday School Teacher and Elder. For over 35 years she studied A Course in Miracles and led a group of lifelong friends who met bi-weekly to discuss the course. Born and raised Catholic, Sharon reconnected with her Catholic roots later in life, coming full circle back to the church. Sharon was a bright shining light who exuded her positive spirit wherever she went. She loved sunsets, word puzzles, obituaries, British mystery dramas, and, above all, spending time with her grandchildren Bella and Hank - who were equally devoted to her. Her life's guiding principle was to give only love and give freely to all. She touched the lives of many and leaves a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Visitation will begin at 12 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 1 pm at St. Mary's Assumption Church, 2030 Constance St., New Orleans, on Saturday, January 4, 2020, with Father Dennis Hayes presiding. A reception will be held at Louisiana Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave, Metairie immediately following the service.

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Published in The Times-Picayune from Dec. 28, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020.
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February 19, 2020
Totally devastated to receive this sad news via another very special friend from Sharon.
We had great times together in the North Yorkshire Dales and loved her dearly.
Our thoughts are with the family who will miss her so much.
Daniel and Josephina Wells
January 28, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Sharon passing. We met while I was working in England. We took some trips together and she stayed with me after some of her assignments in Europe. We often shopped at all of the charity shops and the sweetest little antique shop in Pateley Bridge. I have many fond memories of our times together. I always hoped she'd come visit me in Kaua'i and I would get to New Orleans to visit her. Sadly time slipped away. May Sharon rest in love.
Judy Peckenpaugh
January 24, 2020
What a lovely lady.
Chrisie Kelleher
January 13, 2020
Met your dear relative when she was offered as a temporary resource to comfort the members of our office after Hurricane Katrina. I was aware from many in our office how dear Sharon became to persons directly affected by the storm and how she gave strength to them during their recovery.
Chad Pellerin
January 3, 2020
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December 31, 2019
I got to know Sharon at Heavens Pets . She ran the group meetings for grieving pet owners. I lost my mother, father and Golden retriever in a 9 month span . I will be ever great full for her helping me through the grieving process. She has a special place in heaven.
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December 31, 2019
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December 31, 2019
She will be deeply missed. Such a wonderful lady. My sympathies to the family.
Deborah Skorlich
December 30, 2019
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December 30, 2019
My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of sorrow. (Psalm 145:19)
December 29, 2019
From our family:
Our deepest sympathy. May the beautiful memories, bring
comfort to all.

The Hernandez's
Julio & Isabel Hernandez
December 29, 2019
Dearest Jennifer, Jill and Family,
Sharon will be missed by many, some of whom she was not aware of how she impacted their life with God's Light. Blessings and tender comfort to all her family.
Marilyn and Don Horen
December 28, 2019
Your mother was a kind listener and a caring mother. I am not surprised at her many awards and accomplishments. I know you two girls, Jennifer and Jill, are very proud. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Kay Andry Pickett
December 28, 2019
Jen & Jill: I am so sorry to of Sharon's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
Lynn Hoffman
December 28, 2019
Jill & Jennifer, It was my pleasure to know your mother. She was such a sweet and generous soul. She sent me pictures of her garden and words of inspiration when I was going through my own cancer battle. I felt connected to her. I loved her. I am so sorry for your loss.
Susan Gupton
December 28, 2019
Jill and Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful, beautiful, and dynamic woman. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Chris Roos
December 28, 2019
Diane and Bernie LaScala
December 28, 2019
Dear Jill, Bimal and family,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother, Sharon. We enjoyed some special moments together and are happy she touched our lives.
Sincerely,
Diane and Bernie LaScala
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