Sharon Kay Parker, 76, passed away in the loving company of her family on July 20, 2017, in Pendleton. A funeral service will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton on July 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with a burial to follow at Olney Cemetery.
Sharon was born on March 18, 1941, in a farm house southwest of Guide Rock, Nebraska, to Dale and Mary (Smithhart) Arrants. She grew up with four siblings and the family resided in various towns in Nebraska and Texas, and then settled in Oregon in 1959, the year that she graduated from Pendleton High School.
On July 19, 1959, she married her love Ronald Duane Parker. They enjoyed 54 years together before his passing in 2014. Together the couple was blessed with two children and were eventually blessed with three grandchildren, who all fondly referred to Sharon as “Grandma Sugar.”
She loved flowers, collecting cookbooks, trying out recipes from the books and most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother William Arrants.
She is survived by her siblings Nancy Gingerich of North Platte, Neb., James (Linda) Arrants of Lindale, Texas, and Patricia (Michael) Hohenfield of Bladen, Neb.; children Cynthia (Steve) Camp of Pendleton and Steven Parker of Pendelton; grandchildren Amber (Alex) Corona of Portland, Tyson Clark of Walla Walla and Miranda Clark of Portland; great-grandchildren Kennedy Clark, Ebin Clark, Sylvia Corona, Evalyn Corona and Rose Corona; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon’s family per her request.