Sharon Louise Braithwaite
September 18, 1943 – April 26, 2018
SHARON LOUISE BRAITHWAITE
September 1943 - April 2018
On Thursday, April 26th, 2018 Sharon Louise Braithwaite of White Rock, British Columbia, formerly of Baptiste Lake, Edmonton and Dewberry, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the age of 74.
Sharon was very proud to be a Braithwaite. Her love and dedication to family was limitless. She is survived by her beautiful daughter Deirdre and her husband Russ, her brother Lorne and his wife Josie and their children: Todd (Lorna) and their children Hannah, Liam, and Abram; Jodi (Brian) and their children Regan, Linea and Michaela; Troy (Byjonka) children Alec and Camille; Travis (Lorraine) and their children Jaylene, Janessa and Dylan. Sadly in 2016 Sharon's nephew Troy passed away suddenly. In March 2018 Ernie, Sharon's brother, mentor and dear friend passed away - he is survived by his wife Marlene and their sons Murray (Tracey) and their children Allison and Emerson; Gary (Silvia) and their children Cesar, Ros and Martin; and Neil (Michele).
Sharon loved growing up in Dewberry, Alberta with her two older brothers Ernie and Lorne and her mom (Olga) and dad (Joe). Sharon was a the princess in their eyes. Sharon like her mother (Olga) excelled in piano and her various hobbies, including twirling a baton in the band and building many good friendships. After high school Sharon graduated from hair dressing school in Edmonton. She loved helping people feel good about the way the looked and enjoyed connecting with her clients.
Sharon married Jim in 1963 and in 1967 adopted a precious little girl and named her Deirdre Marlene - the love of her life. To mark Deirdre’s first birthday Sharon and Jim bought a cabin at Baptiste Lake. The lake was a gathering place for family and friends. Sharon loved being behind the wheel of the boat pulling water skiers and tubers, and yes, she loved water skiing too and Gary loved trying to dump her while she was tubing. Ukulele sing songs around the campfire and lively card games at the kitchen table were among her favourite moments. During the 1990s Sharon and her second husband Dave tore down the old cabin and built a new cabin from a design out of Popular Science Magazine - yes it was unique and a lot of hard work. Sharon was the site “foreman” and each day it was work until 2:00PM and then time to play. Finally her sanctuary was built, a great place to escape to after the craziness of every day life.
Sharon was a single mother for a period of time and she faced it with courage - holding down a full-time job, going to night school and raising Deirdre. She was deeply grateful for the support from her mom and dad and Ernie and Lorne during this time. Sharon graduated from business college in Edmonton and began a new career in payroll administration. Sharon always had drive and determination and worked very hard at all her endeavours especially in her positions with Glenrose Hospital, the Alberta Liquor Control Board and then consulting throughout North America. Eventually Sharon moved to the cabin full-time and began working at Athabasca University where she inspired a new generation of payroll professionals.
In 2010 Sharon retired to the warmer weather of White Rock British Columbia. She loved being closer to family and friends; Ernie and Marlene, Fred and Elsie, Milton, Gerald, Ralph and Stan and Gladys Porter. Sharon thrived here and lived life to the fullest - enjoying the outdoors etc. She golfed three times a week and loved driving the Coquihalla to go skiing three times a year with the BC and Alberta ski clubs. Sharon also had a very creative side. She loved shimmying her coin belt while belly dancing and loved painting in acrylics. Her attention to the details was amazing and her annual Christmas cards and flowers were her favourite to paint. When she put her brushes down she enjoyed good times with friends - whether gathering after a round of golf, hanging out at Hemmingways at west beach, going to a movie or a play or going for coffee she just loved connecting with friends.
Just days ago Sharon was saying how full her life was. Her vim and vigour and her warm spirit will be missed by all those she touched. Family and friends will be celebrating the lives of Sharon and her brother Ernie on Saturday, May 26th, 1:00PM at Dewberry Hall in Dewberry, Alberta. She always said "I PAINT FLOWERS SO THEY WILL LIVE FOREVER"
Sharon Louise Braithwaite
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May 27, 2018
I met Sharon 26 years ago when I moved next door to her in Cherry Grove in Edmonton she welcomed us with a fruit basket and a bottle of wine .
Over the years we shared a special bond Sharon was adopted into our family by my sons who adored her , such great times we all shared at the cabin on the lake , Edmonton , Campbell River and White Rock .
I guess my son summed it up when he learned about her passing his words were , I am so sorry mom there will never be another lady like Sharon .
I will always cherish the painting you gave me and the years we shared as friends , I miss our nightly phone chats .
To the Braithwaite family I hope your beautiful memories of Sharon bring you comfort .
Rest easy my friend you will always be in our hearts , Love Sharon Johnson and sons .
May 25, 2018
I new Sharron for over 50 years first as a summer laker later as a closer friend my heart goes out to Dee Dee and Gary and family I will truly miss her I find it hard to put in words they cant do her justice Happy Trails ! thanks for all your kindness
Gary and Silvia Braithwaite
May 24, 2018
Sharon was always so kind and accommodating with me and our family.
I remember vividly those long days of summer when Sharon always welcomed me, family and friends to share weekends. Those days included fishing and watersports, to which Sharon would always took a turn both waterskiing and tubing. These evenings often included a BBQ supper, some drinks around the fire pit and occasionally some card games.
She always sent cards for Christmas and birthdays and called every other week to see how things were going. She also made time regularly to stop up for a day or two to visit us at our home in northern Alberta each summer for some home cooked meals and reminisce and laugh about earlier times.
Now that she has moved on I truly realize how much the family and I will now miss her, and how much we loved her. Thankfully I have videos to rekindle those special memorable moments to keep these warm thoughts alive forever.
Warmest thoughts and prayers
Gary, Silvia and Family
May 24, 2018
Happy Trails Sharon!!!
Being your neighbor at the lake since 1969, I have many many memories. One memory comes to mind when you had curlers in your hair, and were water sking and Jim was pulling you, he ran out of gas in front of our place , you went down gracefully and yelling loudly .LOL . We shared our love for flowers , and trees. I will always remember our trips to Georgeios for Sulvaki , and our long talks . And I will never forget the first day we met , when I was helping Jim catch shiner minnows for fishing, and little Deirdre was eating a minnow .
Until we meet again Sharon, I miss all the flowers and that beautiful yard!!!
Hugs to you Dee Dee , you will always be special to the Coty's
May 20, 2018
Sharon loved her lake lot. During the summer months you would find her working in her yard, tending to her lovely flower beds or zooming around on her lawn tractor cutting grass. She took great pride in keeping her home immaculate. She will be missed by all her friends and neighbors.
May 8, 2018
So sorry to hear about Sharon's passing. Please extend my condolences to Deirdre and Russ and all of the Braithwaites.
May 8, 2018
Charlotte, Chuck, Tuesday and Kelly had many good times over at Baptiste Lake with both Dave and Sharon and them coming over to our cabin also. Later in life Sharon and I went on numerous ski trips either on a bus or driving to the ski hill. Fond memories prevail . We extend our condolences to Deidre and Russ and the Braithwaite families.
Brenda J Mickleburgh
May 6, 2018
"Gather the rosebuds as ye may" Dear Sharon. It was many a Friday that we spent together in Catherine Robertson's painting class and YOU shall be missed especially painting your flowers which you so loved. I wish you well on your journey friend.
To all of Sharon's cherished family and beloved friends, may your memory of your time together bring some comfort and may Sharon come to rest in peace in your heart - always loved, never forgotten and always a part of you.
In loving kindness,
May 2, 2018
I had the pleasure and the privilege of being admitted to Sharon's circle of skiers whenever
she would attend a Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club event at Sun Peaks, near Kamloops.
At lunchtime, she always came off the hill earlier than the rest of us so that she could secure a table for
our happy little band of skiers, usually at least eight in number. We were all very grateful for this service
provided by Sharon, and often wondered how she managed, tiny as she was, to shoo away those who
would covet a ten seat table occupied by one small skier in a red jacket. Thank you for that, Sharon!
Being in Sharon's company was one of the reasons for selecting those trips of which she would be part. It
was always a sad goodbye in the early morning as we boarded the bus to return to Edmonton. Sharon, who
drove from White Rock, could have slept in, but opted to see us off with a warm hug, despite the fact she was
clad only in her PJ's with a robe thrown over top.
I shall miss skiing with Sharon and will offer a toast to her memory whenever, and wherever, I am on a snowy hill.
My sincere condolences to Sharon's family. Sharon was one-of-a-kind.
May 1, 2018
I have so many wonderful memories of Sharon I just wouldn't know where to start. Evenings at the lake, our time in Edmonton, the holidays we took together. Warm thoughts of my friend. I am so very blessed to have had the chance to get to know her and to have spent so much time with her over the last 15 or so years. I truly loved her.
To Deirdre & Family: Today and always, may loving memories of Sharon bring you the peace, comfort, and strength that it will bring me.