The heavens opened wide and embraced with open arms our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend on February 7, 2021, who passed peacefully away in the arms of her loving husband surrounded by her children. Sharon was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Patricia Cross; her parents, Charles and Joan (White) Stanley; sister, Donna; and brother, Ron. Leaving to mourn with the deepest of treasured memories are her best friend and husband of 39 years, Leslie; children, Brian, Andrew (Crystal), and Jennifer; her cherished grandchildren, Mikayla, Logan, Brianna, and Carly; father-in-law, Gordon Cross; sisters, Phyllis (Clark Parsons), Heather, Linda (Dana Young), Carol, and Suzanne (Larry Pittman); brothers, Bill (Meri), Joe, Terry, Robert (Jackie), and Keith (Jodi); her sister-in-law, Nancy; brother-in-law, David; as well as many extended family members and friends. She leaves behind as well her special family, the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and former co-workers of McAuley Convent, where she worked for 29 years, her commitment and love of which were awe-inspiring.
Sharon’s love and devotion to her family was unparalleled. She was always there for her children. Many days were spent attending numerous hockey games in the cold ice rinks, whooping it up big time, Scouts’ functions and other activities – and was always there first to assist in the fundraising. She enjoyed hosting numerous family get-togethers – the more the merrier! – and was happiest surrounded by family and friends. Sharon was an avid craft lover; you would always find her sewing, tole painting, knitting, or working on some other project in her spare time with ABBA or another 80s tune blaring in the background. She lived life to the fullest. “Aunt Shannie” was our go-to person when we needed help with anything and was always there for anyone, no questions asked. Her life-long dream of owning a summer home in the country was fulfilled when she and her husband bought one in Brigus Junction in 2015, where she subsequently resided permanently, and was so grateful for all of her special friendships made in her happy place what she called “Bearadise Lodge”.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home and will be made public as they become available.
Sharon would like to thank each and every one of you who touched her life and made her life complete, with special thanks to those who cared for her during her courageous battle with cancer this year, which she fought with such grace, dignity, and courage. A special thank you to all doctors, nurses, and staff with Eastern Health who attended to Sharon with such care and compassion throughout her illness.
A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at a later date when all family and friends can gather due to the current health restrictions in place.
Sharon will be forever missed and remain in our hearts forever.
Those we love don’t go away,
they walk beside us every day.