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Sharon Kay Denning


1946 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Sharon Kay Denning Obituary
Sharon Kay (Bixler) Denning passed away at 11 a.m. at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, on Tuesday, the 15th day of December 2015 at the age of 69.
Services will be at McCoy Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
Denning was born at Simmons Hospital in Sweetwater on July 5,1946 and was the fifth child and second daughter born to the late Arthur Merritt Bixler, Sr. and Gracie Frances (Herd) Bixler. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 12 in Albuquerque, N.M. In February 1968 she met Marvin Leonard Denning, son of the late Sam Homer Denning and Frances Louella (Palmer) Denning. She and Marvin were married at Normandy Avenue Church of Christ of Sweetwater on Feb. 14, 1969 and they were blessed with two sons, Marcus Lee, born Dec. 17, 1969 and Michael Brian, born Oct. 15,1972.
She attended schools in Sweetwater, Mineral Wells, Weatherford, Henrietta, Greenville, Temple and Albuquerque and graduated from Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Texas in 1964. She attended Draughon's Business College in Abilene and Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, where she studied Real Estate Sales and Information Management Technology.
In 1963, her initial position was secretarial for State Representative James M. Cotten of Weatherford, where she worked part-time and simultaneously completed high school. In 1965 she was put in charge of the classified advertising department of the Weatherford Democrat daily newspaper. In 1967, she relocated permanently to Sweetwater, where she was hired at the newly built Holiday Inn as its first desk clerk. She later worked for Simmons Memorial Hospital, where she was born 22 years prior, and for Flintkote Gypsum Wallboard Company east of Sweetwater.
With her husband, Marvin, she established a nursery in 1974, which supplied tropical and bedding plants. It was expanded in 1976 into a retail plant shop in Sweetwater. Through 1978 her plant shop, MarShare Growers and surrounding nurseries were provided with top-quality plants from the huge fiberglass greenhouse built by Denning and her husband in which they grew superior plants with only sunlight and their own original blend of potting soil and nutrients on five levels in the greenhouse, an unusual accomplishment in botany.
In 1979, she did medical transcription for Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Denning participated in the Walk to Roscoe which raised $150,000 to help fund the expansion of the Physical Therapy Department of Rolling Plains Hospital.
In 1987, Denning was especially pleased that she could remain a homemaker while she launched her own unique cottage enterprise, The Word Wizard, and with cutting-edge technology, she achieved what was considered locally to be exceptional results in composing distinctive resumes, color graphics, newsletters, comb and thermal bookbinding and myriad services in desktop publishing. She successfully operated The Word Wizard for 18 years, retiring in 2005.
Denning was a 26-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving two terms as Worthy Matron for Sweetwater's Mamie D. Crane Chapter 1018 (in 1983-84 and 1997-98). She enjoyed needlework and produced numerous large afghans. As member of the First Christian Church since 1972, she taught Sunday school for several years and arranged and taught sessions of Vacation Bible School. She served as a den leader in Cub Scouts and was past member of the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin; and two brothers, Bobby DeVerle Bixler and Alfred Earl Bixler.
Denning is survived by her two sons, Michael Brian of Sweetwater and Marcus Lee and wife, Marcilla of Conroe; one sister, Carolyn Starrett of Mineral Wells; and one brother, Arthur M. Bixler Jr. And wife Darlene of Sweetwater; 11 nieces and nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be made at mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Dec. 20, 2015
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