Sharon Simpson passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 30th. She was 83 years old and was “Grandma Sharon” to everyone. Grandma Sharon loved her birthday, Mickey Mouse, Disney, neccos candy, chocolate, Egg Salad, spending time with her grandkids, red sparkly nails, wearing lots of jewelry, and her bright red P.T. Cruiser with the license plate that read “PTMICKEY”. Some of her hobbies included: shopping, bowling, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and drinking Diet Coke. She hated hot dogs, water, and lettuce. Grandma Sharon was born on February 20th, 1937, to Gladys and Dixie Stallings in El Paso, Texas. She was raised on a cotton farm and started driving a tractor at age 10. She had 3 older sisters, Kathleen, Helen, and Jean. Sharon was the youngest of her sisters by 17 years and grew up with her nephews and nieces. She loved going to the dog races with her dad. Grandma Sharon loved school and was a great student. She loved to brag about graduating Ysleta High School at the age of 16. She was a proud cheerleader and attended New Mexico State University where she majored in economics. Sharon married Wesley Statton and from that union her greatest blessings were born, Cindy and Sherri. Sharon later married Stan Simpson and together they enjoyed fishing on Lake Powell, gathering firewood, and traveling as family. The best thing their family did was move to Heber, Arizona. It was here that they built the home of their dreams. The wonderful women of Heber taught her homemaking skills such as canning peaches and baking homemade bread. Their family joined the church and created many life long relationships. She served as an EMT in both Page and Taylor and thrived in high stress environments. She delivered babies and was never afraid to get her hands dirty. Sharon was the school nurse at Highland Primary for 13 years. She loved the kids and going to work each day was pure joy. She made many life long friendships and memories. She was a talented seamstress and created many costumes, curtains, and custom outfits for her girls. When Grandma Sharon’s patience was running thin, she was famous for calling one a “Doo-Dah”. Sitting next to Grandma in church was a favorite of her grandkids as she would always have a lifesaver, mint, or yummy treat to share. Grandma Sharon was a friend to all. She was always smiling, energetic, and ready for an adventure. We will miss her. Cindy, Sherri, and their families wish to thank the many people for their kind acts of service, messages, food, and love.
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