Sharon Stewart Neri Palm Beach - Sharon Stewart Neri, age 81, lifelong resident of Palm Beach, Florida, passed away in her childhood home on May 25, 2021. Sharon was born December 25, 1939 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Sharon went to Palm Beach High. She graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She taught history, Spanish, and English at Palm Beach High in Palm Beach. Sharon was a dedicated, involved and loyal member of The Garden Club of Palm Beach for 29 years. She served in many capacities during this time. In 2003 she was Co-Chairman of the important Zone Meeting of the sixteen garden clubs, which make up Zone VIII of the Garden Club of America. The event was held in Palm Beach and was a great success. She served as Chairman of the Conservation Committee and kept the club informed on national as well as local conservation concerns. Most recently she was serving as Co-Chairman of the Civic Affairs Committee and she kept the club up to date on the current and future plans of the town. She attended the Town Council Meetings and was on a first-name basis with the Town Department heads. At the final garden club meeting this year, it was announced that Sharon received the Club Appreciation Award for all her years of dedication and service. Sharon was a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. Sharon was an active philanthropist and had a heart for service. Sharon is survived by her husband, Ralph James Neri; daughters, Michel Byrd Ellis, and her children, Nicole, Noel, Noble, and Natalie; and, Nicole Byrd Henderson (Dale), and their children, Lilly, Lucy, and Jay; sister, Michel Stewart Poklepovic, nephews, Andrew Poklepovic M.D. (Tammy Spring, M.D.), and Michael Poklepovic, (Ali) and great nephew, Wyatt, and great nieces, Audrey and Scarlett, and her lifelong best friend, Betsy Matthews. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Harry W. and Juanita Stewart, of Palm Beach, her son, Wade Byrd, Jr., of Palm Beach Gardens, and her son-in-law, Thomas Ellis M.D., of Clemmons, North Carolina. Sharon had special caregivers that helped care for her husband, and then herself, and they became friends. These people will forever hold a special place in our hearts and are now part of our family: Anne Marie Joyce, Mirta Douze, and Savviana Antoine. A Celebration of Life will be held at Bethesda-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 141 South County Road, Palm Beach, on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 2:00pm. Donations may be made in her memory to the Garden Club of Palm Beach and/or Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church.
Published by Palm Beach Daily News from Jun. 26 to Jun. 27, 2021.