Sharon's Story

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On Dec. 9, 1948 Sharon arrived in our family, a beloved gift, divinely fashioned together in a most special way. She blessed our family with her loving ways until Jan. 18, 2017, when she was gathered into the loving arms of the Great Physician, who made her whole again.
Sharon was born in Traverse City and lived her life between there and Elk Rapids. She was born to Robert and Betty (McLain) Cole, who preceded her in death along with Margaret (Waldeck) Cole.
She worked several years at Grand Traverse Industries and in leisure time enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, coloring and the challenge of some of the largest and most difficult puzzles.
Sharon is survived by her siblings, Ben and Paula (Cole-Bliss) Koenig, of Florida, Robert and Susan George, of Pierson, Barry Cole, Eric Todd and Janice Cole, of Cadillac, and Jeff and Becky (Cole) Laeder, of Port Huron. She also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews; along with nine great-nieces and nephews.
Words cannot express the gratitude due Brian and Mary Patterson and the Kennedy House for their loving care of Sharon in the years since the passing of her parents.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 5, at 1 p.m., at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elk Rapids.
Memorials may be made to Special Olympics or The National Down Syndrome Society of West Michigan.
Published on April 30, 2017
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