OBITUARY

Sharon Kay Ford

May 21, 1951July 4, 2019
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Sharon Ford, 68, passed away peacefully in her home after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. Like a true patriot, she sought her ultimate freedom on July 4, 2019.

Born on May 21, 1951, to William Hollis and Helen Gregory, Sharon graduated from Elmhurst Highschool and was a graduate of Purdue University. There she met the love of her life, Butch Ford, and together they grew a family and crops in Sharon's hometown of Yoder, Indiana. Sharon started her professional career as a physical education teacher and coached track and gymnastics before sharing her passion for music with the entire community, working as a music teacher at Whispering Meadows Elementary School. She participated in countless plays and devoted unlimited hours to teaching our youth the value of music through F.A.M.E (Foundation for Art and Music in Education). Sharon touched over 10,000 student's lives during her teaching career. As a life-long Christian, she lent her beautiful voice and musical talent to the Church. Sharon will always be remembered for her high energy, dedication to her students, and laughter that she brought to every room. Sharon was met at the Gates by her husband of 43 years, Butch Ford, and her father, William Hollis Gregory. Sharon leaves behind her mother, Helen Gregory; son, Jess (Significant Other Sara) Ford; granddaughter, Alissa; daughter, Heather (Brian) Johnson; grandchildren, Shelby and Jason Zirkle. A celebration of Sharon will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 3:00 at Zanesville United Brethren Church, 3092 West Broadway, Zanesville, IN 46799 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. The family asks that any donations made in memory of Sharon be directed to The Foundation for Art and Music in Education. To leave condolences for the Ford Family, please visit www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneral homes.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Foundation for Art and Music Education

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Final Resting Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Truly Hamlin

July 9, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. I loved working with Sharon! I’ve known Sharon since I student taught at Lafayette Central back in 1993. I then had the pleasure of working with her at WMES for 13 years! She was a wonderful lady! My deepest condolences to her family of which she was always so proud ! May your memories sustain you throughout the years to come.

Maggie Ulch

July 9, 2019

We were just so very sorry to hear of your Mothers illness and her passing. Please know that our hearts are mourning with you. Danny and Maggie ulch.

Sandee and Pete Barleben

July 8, 2019

To: Jesse and Heather along with your family members, Just a note to celebrate the wonderful memories that we have of your mother, Sharon. Our, daughter Christa, became enriched and thrilled by the musical education and great plays that your mother put together with patience and enthusiasm at Whispering Meadows. We have video of Sharon's "recycled musical instrument" event and the enjoyment of both the children and the attendees. I interacted with Sharon during my daughter's time at Whispering Meadows. She always had a smile on her face and I always noticed her perfectly beautiful blonde hair that was always so lovely. Just as she was! My thoughts that she is heaven's angel and that yes, she is with her loved one and with God. sandee and pete barleben

Caya and Kilia Nelson

July 8, 2019

Caya and Kilia had Mrs. Ford as their music teacher at WMES. They absolutely loved music class and the musicals that Mrs. Ford organized for each grade level. Mrs. Ford made a wonderful and positive impact on our daughters’ lives. Our family is so sorry for you loss.

"T" Irmscher

July 8, 2019

Sharon taught at FAME Summer Arts Camp for many years! Sharon taught drums, Square Dancing and many other things at camp! I enjoyed hearing her stories over the years about horses and farming.
I have a few photos of Sharon at FAME Camp that I would like to share... please contact me email me at info@famearts.org when you are ready.

Cora Collar

July 8, 2019

Mrs.Ford was my fifth grade music teacher. She has changed many lives at my school. I will truely miss her. She was a great soul.

Kathy Bailey

July 7, 2019

I really loved Sharon. Her love for the Lord showed in everything she did. I loved working with her and the kids at church. I will miss her smile and contagious laugh. We are praying for the family.

Hope Collins

July 6, 2019

Praying for peace for Sharon's family and friends. My family was lucky enough to have 2 kids learn to love music at Whispering Meadows where she put together so many amazing performances. She had a wonderful way with the children and and was loved and respected greatly. We also have a connection to Sharon through St Mark Lutheran, where she blessed us with her talents a number of times. A kind soul that will be remembered always.

Angela and Kingstan Willis

July 5, 2019

Mrs. Ford will be greatly missed. She was my son Kingstan’s music teacher at Whispering Meadows. Kingstan and I will always remember her kindness and dedication to all of her students. You were absolutely wonderful Mrs. Ford. Thank you for blessing us with your time, patience and talent. Sincerely, Angela and Kingstan Willis.

Brenda Anderson

July 5, 2019

Sorry for your loss, I worked with your dad for years and have fond memories of the stories he would tell of your mom

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