Sharon Lea Caldwell
June 5, 1951 – November 3, 2019
In loving memory of Sharon Lea Caldwell
Sharon was born on June 5th, 1951, in Adrian, Michigan. She completed her earthly journey and went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. After a two-and-a-half year courageous battle with cancer, she joins, in heaven, her husband Donald Welsh, her parent’s McRay and Shirley Caldwell, and her siblings; Connie Cain, Danny Caldwell, Carmen Caldwell, and Debra Woodring.
Sharon attended Fresno State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary School Education, and a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. Sharon was a Veteran in the United States Army, and honorably served her country from 1971 to 1978 as a Personnel Management Specialist. She also was an educator for Fresno Unified School District, for 28 years. Upon her retirement from Fresno Unified, she accepted a position as a Director of The Salvation Army Berberian Center in Modesto, which serves the homeless population. She was also a foster parent and mentor for the Aspiranet Foster Family Agency for over 25 years. She parented and fostered over 100 children that needed special support. It was her life’s work. Sharon was a gifted singer, actress, musician, and cook. She sang with the USO touring groups, and acted in the community’s theater. Her talent and generosity was immeasurable. Sharon was a pillar of her community and was admired by others in every endeavor. She was a servant of Jesus; she fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and looked after many children. Sharon was the glue that held together her family and her community. She will be greatly missed by all.
Sharon is survived by her loving children, Terrance Caldwell, Evan Caldwell, Alejandra Caldwell, Adriana Alvarez, and Rosie Delgado, and her beloved grandchildren; Gabriel, Michael, Noah and Tatum. As well as her sisters, Louise Ashley and husband Roger, Sue Helms and husband Danny, Doris roach and husband Jason,brother, Marion “Bobby” Caldwell, Aunt Margaret King and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and foster children.
Her family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Patel and Dr Chen and the many nurses that assisted in her care at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Modesto.
Funeral Services for Sharon will be held on November 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel, 202 N. Teilman Ave Fresno, CA 93706. Graveside will follow at Belmont Memorial Park at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel
202 North Teilman
Sharon Lea Caldwell
November 7, 2019
Sharon and I met at Fresno State. We were in student teaching together. I had two small children and she was a comfort during that stressful time. So many more memories after 40 years of friendship, but one of the best was when I married my current husband, we eloped. She said I needed a party to celebrate our marriage, so she organized one for us. We shared meals, laughs, and tears over the years, but most of all we shared our faith in God. I loved her dearly and she will be missed.
November 7, 2019
Sharon welcomed me into the family with so much love and acceptance, I could not have asked for a better mother-in-law to be. I’ll always remember the joy in her voice when Terry and I called her on her birthday this year to tell her we were expecting our first baby. I can’t wait to tell our little girl all about the amazing person that she had as a grandma! Sharon will be so missed but I’m so glad I got to know her for the short amount of time that I did. She was truly a blessing to anyone who crossed her path.