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Sharon Mallick

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Sharon Hope Mallick

Sept. 22, 1946 - Sept. 1, 2018

Sharon H. Mallick, born Sept. 22, 1946 in San Francisco, passed away Sept. 1 after a 40-year struggle with MS. She was a resident of the Sonoma Post Acute facility since 2005.

A graduate of Lincoln High School, San Francisco, in 1964, she took courses at City College of SF and Chico State. In 1966 she went with her parents, John and Hilda Mallick, to the Middle East, where her mother had been born and educated. In 1967 she and a girlfriend visited England and Europe. In 1968 she and a boyfriend spent 3 months hitch-hiking through France, Spain and Morocco. She returned to San Francisco State College, earning her BA in Humanities in 1970.

She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1969 and by 1972 had moved into an experimental facility in London. During her 16 year stay at King Henry's Walk she toured the Netherlands, France, Germany and Brussels. She became a mouth-painter and had several exhibits of her work, mostly of colorful flowers. By 1988 her MS had progressed so far that she was confined to a wheelchair.

She moved into her parents' home in Sonoma. They were not able to give her the constant care she needed and placed her into a Petaluma facility. She tried the Independent Living Program in 2004, but was diagnosed with breast cancer and moved into the Sonoma London House following a mastectomy in 2005. She continued to indulge her love of travel with a cruise to Alaska and a tour of Hawaii, both under the care of her friend Larry.

Sharon was strong in her Christian faith, and accepted her limitations with courage and grace. Her smile and laughter touched all who knew her. She loved mouth-painting, sitting in the sunshine, and listening to music.

She was preceded in death by her brother Roy of Eureka, and her dad and mother. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Karl Issel of San Francisco; her niece Mellody of Eureka; and many cousins.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice by the Bay.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 13, 2018
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