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Sharon Elder

It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon June Elder (Ossman) announces her sudden passing on May 8, 2017 in Davis, CA. She was 71 years old.

A native of San Francisco, Sharon survived thyroid cancer as a child. She went on to graduate from Balboa High School where she was a champion doubles tennis player, together with her cousin Joan. Later, as a young mother, Sharon earned an Associates of Arts degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. Sharon worked as a bookkeeper for the construction companies Sebastopol Ready Mix and Dynamic Pre-Cast for 27 years.

A longtime resident of Sebastopol, one of the greatest joys in Sharon's life was raising her two children. She volunteered at her children's schools and at Sebastopol Community Church, played on a tennis team in Santa Rosa, played bunko with the same group of women for decades, and enjoyed weekly volleyball games at Ragle Park or the church. Sharon was a lifetime member of the San Francisco Turners. In 2014, Sharon moved to Davis, CA to be closer to her only grandchild. While in Davis, Sharon volunteered to lead English conversation groups for English language learners from all over the world, participated in the Davis Genealogy Club, and devoted much of her time to her granddaughter and her daughter's family. Her exceptional kindness, generosity, humbleness, and gentleness touched the hearts of all who knew her.

Sharon will be forever remembered by her children Matt Elder and Brigitte Elder, her son-in-law Scott Treanor, and her beloved granddaughter Hailey Treanor. Sharon will also be fondly remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews, and her Ossman and Vinal cousins.

A celebration of Sharon's life will be held at 1:00 pm, on Sunday, June 11, at Sebastopol Community Church, 1000 Gravenstein Highway North.

In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations to Sebastopol Community Church or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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Celebration of Life
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Sebastopol Community Church

1000 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Growing up as children ( our parents were brother and sister) I have so many wonderful memories of Sharon that it would be hard to share just one. We always had such fun when we were together whether it was playing, taking trips, or going to the Russian River and Kenwood or making funny faces while Uncle Gus ran the movie camera at birthday parties or family dinners. My last conversation with her was four days before her passing and we talked about meeting for her birthday in Tahoe and her coming up to Sparks to stay with me for a few days in the summer and hang out with my sister Bev and I and my husband, John. We also talked about the family history that she has been working on and the new cousins she found through Ancestry that we were excited about. I have met one of them already as she lives in Reno and I so wish Sharon was here to share that with me. But, she is here in spirit and I know she would be happy. I will miss her, but we will see each other again. Love you, Sharon Your cousin, Carolyn (Mitzi)

Carolyn Avanzino Jun 7 2017 12:00 AM

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