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Sharon Lee Clark, 73 passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 1, 2018 at her beloved farm house of nearly 40 years in Traverse City, MI. Sharon is survived by her four sons: Jack David (Ana) Dean of Jacksonville, FL, Scott Alan Dean of Omaha, NE, Todd Adam (Helen) Dean Sr of Interlochen, MI, Cory Paul (Stephanie) Dean Sr of Grawn, MI and her only daughter, Tanya Lee (Kelley) Creighton of Falcon, CO.
Sharon is preceded in death by her mother Eleanore (Wurst) Henry, father Paul Henry of Traverse City, MI and her sister, Carol Pressell of Lake City, MI. Sharon was born on September 15, 1944 in Petoskey, MI the first born of Paul and Eleanore's six children including two brothers; P. Terrence Henry and Kurt Henry, three sisters; Linda Henry, Brenda Matheson and Carol Pressell. She began her own family young, raising five children. Each day she devoted to their care as a hardworking single mom. Sharon dedicated her life to caring for all her family including twelve Grandchildren; Cory (Melissa) Dean Jr, Nick Dean, Zack Dean, Jacob Dean, Grant Keith Balino, Todd Adam (Christine) Dean Jr, Megan Dean, Scott M. Dean, Tanner Creighton, Kellsey Creighton, Elijah Dean, Isabella Dean, six Great-Grandchildren; Tripp Dean, Scarlett Dean, Piper Dean, Zoey Dean, Olivia Dean and Ethan Dean along with many other loving family members and friends.

Sharon married the love of her life, David Allen Clark on September 22, 1990 and moved from her lifelong home in Traverse City, MI to Ramona, CA. However, they soon returned to Traverse City to be with their families in 1991 until her passing. Sharon and David were childhood friends, knowing one another most of their lives. David was a devoted husband and her sole caregiver during her final years. They shared a great love for each other and for organic gardening, decades before it became a fad. Together they toiled endless joyful hours in their extensive gardens, generously providing fresh vegetables to their families and friends. Sharon also enjoyed planting flowers, some of her favorites being dahlias, hibiscus, peonies, cosmos, crocus, tulips; she never met a flower she did not love. Their property showed this passion. Summertime at their farm was always an abundance of colorful plantings. Most of all Sharon and David shared a deep devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. Their love for God was evident in their marriage and life together, helping to guide those in need with their generous spirit and biblical wisdom. Together they turned to the pages of The Bible for answers. Her family knows that Sharon would ask that you do not mourn her passing but celebrate her life and her glorious arrival into Heaven, into the arms of her Lord and Savior. Though we will miss her every day for the rest of our lives we will honor her good advice, to dwell only on her joy in being in paradise, cherishing all the beautiful memories and going forth in faith.

Sharon's favorite charities were The Father Fred Foundation and The Salvation Army. Per her wishes cremation has taken place, and no services will be held.
Published on January 14, 2018
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