“If all (women) had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto (Sharon Jackson), behold, … the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” Sharon dedicated her every day to living a completely good, righteous, and healthy life. Her commitment to instilling these same values in her children was unsurpassed.
Two years ago Sharon was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer, She beat the odds and enjoyed twenty-four months of world travel and creating new family memories. We are so grateful to have enjoyed her faithful and strong spirit. The past six months were her true trial – she taught us all how to endure with grace and courage. As she neared the end, she lost her ability to walk, talk, or reason clearly. Notwithstanding her condition, she loved to simply sit beside a grandchild or listen to a friend.
Sharon Lynn Jackson was born in Anchorage, Alaska to Leon and Peggy Clark. Her adolescent years were enjoyed in Ojai, California where she developed a love for dance, soccer, and water skiing. In addition, she and Douglas Jackson, her high school sweetheart, laid the foundation for what would become a fabulous marriage of nearly 35 years. They were blessed with six wonderful children. At her passing, she had six rambunctious grandkids with two more “on the way”. These children will miss her true force for good.
Sharon lived a life dedicated to family, God, and healthy living. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity of being a stay at home mom, she thrived at it and knew that there was no calling of greater importance. She enjoyed various leadership opportunities in her church but found absolute joy in working with the children of the nursery. An avid jogger, she loved races or any other event that would challenge her abilities . Throughout
Decisions Determine Destiny her cancer treatments she seldom missed her 5 mile walks around the Provo Temple (no matter how slow they became). As a show of support, on her one year cancer anniversary, 75 friends joined her on her morning walk.
Family and friends have been truly angelic during her fight. There is no way to express sufficient gratitude for the outpouring of love received over these last two years. Sharon leaves a lasting impression on all who knew her. She was tender hearted, a supreme example of good, an extremely proud grandmother, and an absolute soldier for her faith in Christ.
Services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 20, at the chapel located at 2400 North 1060 East, Provo, Utah. A Viewing will be held at the chapel from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday night; there will be no viewing the morning of the funeral but time for visiting with family and friends afterwards.
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I am so saddened by the passing of Sharon! I met her over 20 years ago when my husband and I moved into our first home, expecting out first daughter. I was blessed to have Sharon as my Visiting Teacher. She was so helpful in so many ways! Advice for a new mother, since she had four children at the time. She watched my daughter, Alex, for hours at a time as I traveled up to UNT to complete research for my Masters’s Thesis. She is such an example of selfless love and service. I even got to go with her on one of her garage sale trips and learn how to find that great deal among all the options. To Doug, and all her family, I mourn with you for this tremendous loss of a beautiful woman!!! The knowledge of her great faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel help the sense of loss I feel. I pray the Holy Ghost comfort you all, like a soft blanket, in the coming days and weeks.
I love my cousin very much. I am grateful I was able to talk with her and hug her 3 weeks ago. (She wanted to speak back I could see her frustration and desire- she can speak again...)She has always been an amazing example to me. Anywhere from being a newlywed with Doug to the wonderful Newman Reunion talent shows with Doug and all 6 kids (how to get them all to happily participate is beyond me) and then her fight to her transition. I hope to be 1/2 the mom and grandma she is. Angels among us and I am grateful she is one of mine. God be with you until we meet and hug again.
Doug our continue family and personal prayers are with you and your family. May comfort be with you and the family- please allow grief in your life there is no time table. A difficult time for you please know we love you so much and will support you the best we can. Hugs!
Aunt Peggie, Uncle Leon and cousins- We love you guys so much. You too are amazing parents, family, faithful and loving people. We love you and we are here for you!
A life so well lived. A true child and daughter of God. Of course she will be so missed by her loved ones and all who knew her. Comfort is found in the knowledge that this separation will not be forever and a reunion will be coming in due time. My sweet younger brother Rex was also taken home a few month ago. This is the hardest part of life on earth when we are helpless to relieve their pain and suffering. May the good Lord bless and keep you and yours through this time of sadness and loss and look forward to that brighter day of reunion.