Sharon's parents lived around the corner from Jim and Betty Ellis. She and her brother Tim grew up and went to school with their son and daughter. We had dinner with their son when we were in Washington D.C. in July. Betty's husband Jim passed away in 2008.
Betty, a woman of incredible strength, love, and compassion, grew up in Walnut Grove, California where beloved grandfather and family patriarch, Joseph Gwerder, farmed the Delta. She spent many happy and peaceful days there with her adored aunts, uncles, and cousins, making many wonderful friendships that lasted faithfully to her dying day. Professionally, she held positions at the Pacific Fruit Exchange and Weight Watchers, International.
There will be no visitation and a Catholic Mass will be said on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 58th and M streets, Sacramento, beginning at 10 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sacramento Food Bank and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Ma, I never thought I would say this but I will miss you telling me what to do!