Conway - Sharon Ann Johnson of Conway passed away on June 5, 2021 in Mount Vernon, WA. She was born in Everett, Washington to Algot and Margaret Olson on October 18, 1944.
The family moved to Anacortes, where Sharon attended school, and graduated high school in 1962. She attended Washington State University, graduating in 1966 with her BA in Business Administration. It was there that she met Larry, and they married in October of 1966. Their first home was in Wichita Kansas while Larry was in the Army. In 1969, they moved back to Mount Vernon, and Sharon was a bookkeeper for a men's clothing store. She was a girl scout leader in the 1970s and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon in the 1980's and 90's, where she was also an active member for many years. Sharon hosted an annual Lutefisk dinner for the extended family, being very proud of her Swedish heritage.
In 1983, the family started commercially growing apples and founded Cedardale Orchards, an apple cider business still in operation today ran by her sons Brad and Brian. Sharon ran the close-knit thinning, picking and grading crew for 20 years. She loved the apple operation and the crew, and collected all things apples. She and Larry were friends with many of their longtime customers and crew.
In addition to being a much-loved wife, mother and grandmother, ("Grammie") Sharon's other interests included scrapbooking and genealogy. Sharon was involved with the formation of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and a lifetime member. She traveled with a small group of friends annually for over 25 years to Salt Lake City, UT for her research. Other travels over the years included trips to California and Mexico, Chicago, Florida, and several return visits to Kansas.
Sharon also assisted Larry in their ownership and operation of Madison Manor apartments for 40 years, along with other rental properties in Mount Vernon.
Sharon was preceded in death by parents Algot and Margaret Olson, her brother Harry and an infant son, Brett.
She is survived by husband Larry, sons Brad (Sandy) Johnson and grandsons Henry and Charlie of Conway; Brian (Jennie) Johnson and grandchildren Mason and Hailey of Big Lake, Janice Veal of Guemes Island.
The family would like to thank the team at Hospice of the Northwest and crew at Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon.
A graveside service for Sharon will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:00pm at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon.
Arrangements under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2021.