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Sharon Lee Hagen

July 5, 1942November 18, 2020

Sharon Lee Hagen was called home to heaven on November 18, 2020. She was born in Everett, WA on July 5, 1942 to Alloyd “Bud” and Bernice Spitzer, the second of eight children. She grew up in eastern Washington, spending time in Othello, Vantage, Kittitas, and Ellensburg. She briefly studied art at Central Washington University before marrying Vern Hagen in 1962 and moving to Seattle. In 1970, the couple moved to Bellevue, WA where they raised their four children. Sharon was able to stay home with her children when they were young. She played an active role in their lives, creating a home where all the neighborhood children felt welcome and becoming a “second mom” to many. Although she held a variety of jobs over the years, the roles she was proudest of were being a wife, mother, and later a grandmother. Sharon’s faith was the cornerstone of her life. She remained active in church as long as she was able, and she participated in Bible studies and prayer groups every chance she got. Sharon’s love of art remained with her throughout her life as she painted in oils, colored pencils, and watercolor. An avid reader and writer, she was never without a book or journal close by. Recently, she had embraced poetry as a way of expressing her faith and continuing to share it with others. Her ready smile could brighten the darkest day, and she was always looking for ways to help and to encourage those around her.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vern, and brothers Jerry and Tony. She is survived by her brother Jim and sisters Barbara, Linda, Kathy and Theresa, and by her children Mike (Judi) Hagen, Steve (Kim) Hagen, Jerry (Sharron) Hagen, and Shari (Bob) Harris, 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Due to COVID restrictions, we will be scheduling a celebration of life at a future date, when we can welcome all who wish to and are able to attend. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to charity in Sharon’s name. Three that were meaningful to her were the Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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