Sharon Elizabeth Means

August 10, 1959April 10, 2018
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Sharon Elizabeth Means (Sugar) passed away on April 10, 2018. She was born on August 10, 1959 to Charles W and Josephine D James in Kirkwood, MO. She graduated from Fulton High School. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees in Education from the University of MO Columbia and William Woods University. She married David Means in 1983 and has 3 surviving children: Megan Brooke Friday (Robert), Mallory Ann Morice (Matthew), and Mackenzie David Means. She is also survived by her parents Charles and Josephine James, brother Charles Samuel James (Tina), nephew Brian (Elise) James and niece Kristen James, and grandchildren, Robert Thomas Friday IV and Micah Jo Morice. Shari was the Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences and a member of the William Woods community for the past 15 and a half years. She was a tremendous asset to the William Woods faculty, specializing in the areas of Elementary Education, learning disabilities, and special needs students. Generations of students have benefited from her guidance. Her love of traveling, shopping, the beach and playing with her grandchildren will always be remembered and cherished. The visitation will be Saturday April 14th at 12 at Court Street United Methodist Church, with the funeral following at 2pm. Memorials should be dedicated to Heart of Missouri CASA and Fulton Public Schools Foundation.

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  • Charles W. James, Father
  • Josephine D. James, Mother
  • Megan Brooke (Robert) Friday, Daughter
  • Mallory Ann (Matthew) Morice, Daughter
  • Mackenzie David Means, Son
  • Robert Thomas Friday IV, Grandson
  • Micah Jo Morice, Granddaughter
  • Charles Samuel (Tina) James, Brother
  • Brian (Elise) James, Nephew
  • Kristen James, Niece

  • Heart of Missouri CASA or Fulton Public Schools Foundation or Shari Means Memorial Education Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Services Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sharon Elizabeth Means

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Deb Roberts

April 26, 2018

Shari was always so beautiful and graceful. She was a role model in school.
Heaven must have called for an angel to teach the children there.
Know you are not alone. My parents lost our oldest brother Tom running in a cross country event when I was a child.
I believe the ones we love never truly leave us. Their spirits live on around us.
Stay strong.I am sure she will continue to watch over you.
Shari was neighbors with my high school sweetheart growing up.He use to drive Shari and Sammy to school sometimes.
Shari would maybe get a kick knowing his/our son ended up working for a professional motor sports racing team (tire carrier pit crew member)out in N.C.
How fitting if you remember the fast red car back in the day.
I'm sure they were never late for school!

The video tribute was beautiful. The baby listening to her reading loved that
and was really drawn in by her voice.

When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm
ISIAH 43:2

Deb(Williamson)Roberts Waynesville Mo.
class of 80 Swansboro N.C.

Jo Ann Mathews

April 17, 2018

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Shari. My heart aches. But I will always have the memories of us growing up together and those memories will live on forever. One story I would like to share in hopes it will bring a smile or laughter like she did for so many of us. Growing up was fun, it was especially fun because I grew up with Shari. Everyday was an adventure. Shari always had an "idea" and it was a 50/50 chance if it was a good one or one that was going to land us in trouble. This one hot summer day the idea was that we were going to take a weeks worth of milk and eggs (because in the 60's they delivered it to a silver box on your porch) and make a cake in the sandbox. The hot sun so we thought would bake it. We even garnished it with some Red berries from a neighbors tree. Well I guess I don't have to tell you how that turned out. That's what memories are made of. Fast forward to the 70's and I bet I can tell you when she got the "idea" to be a teacher. And a brilliant one ! I believe it was when she was proof reading one of my papers when we were in grade school and it was on someone you knew who was famous. Well of course it was on Charlie James. The bio was he had one daughter and one son and one wife. Needless to say she made me rewrite that one. My heart breaks but I am forever thankful that I had the opportunity to know you. You made a real difference in a lot of people lives. A tearful S-H-A-R-I Radio 13 signing off.
Jo, Charlie, Sam, Megan, Mallory and Mac, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Lippincott

April 15, 2018

Shari was shucking corn at Sue's house. It was a holiday. A bug flew out of the corn, and she said, "It's better than having pesticides." That's when I knew I liked Shari. God bless the entire family. Shari is resting in peace. My prayers are still continuing for Aunt Jo, Uncle Charlie, Sam and all of the family.
Cindy Lippincott

Sarah Zolinski

April 14, 2018

She was a favorite teacher and an inspiring role model. I feel so prevlidged to have gotten to know her and learn from her during my time at William Woods. My condolences to her loved ones.

Priscilla Calvird

April 14, 2018

Mrs. Means was such an amazing woman! She was truly dedicated to her students and education! Because of her I have become a teacher and I will always carry her advise and teachings with me. To all her family; you are in my thoughts and I am deeply and truly sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed.

Sandra Tharp Fritz

April 14, 2018

To all of Sharon's family, my deepest and most sincere sympathy. You are each in my heart and prayers and will continue to be so.
Sandra Tharp Fritz


April 14, 2018

"The peace of God that surpasses all understanding", help you and your family during this difficult time (Philippians 4:6,7).

Mike and Ruth Toosley

April 14, 2018

Charlie, Jo, Sam, Megan, Mallory , Mack and all family members
We are so saddened to learn of Sherri’s passing. I will always remember her contagious smile . Sure an outstanding lady who touched so many lives.
We are never ready to let our love ones go, but God has a bigger plan for us. May you all find comfort in our Saviors love and look to him in your sad times.
We cannot join you in celebrating Sherri’s life but know that we are uplifting each of you in our thoughts, prayers and love.

The Toosley family

Brenda Popp

April 13, 2018

I had the nicest conversation right before Thanksgiving with Shari about her upcoming retirement. She was so looking forward to spending a lot more time with her family and especially her grand-children. I am so sorry your family is cut short of so many of those wonderful memories. She was a very wonderful individual and I always enjoyed my conversations at William Woods with her. Brenda Popp

Vironica Niles(Duncan)

April 12, 2018

She was an amazing teacher. She was one of my high school teachers. She always told me that I could do anything I put my mind to. She gave me confidence In myself. I feel i'm the person I am today because of her. She taught me so much, so I would succeed in life and career. Wish i was able to tell her. Rip Mrs.Mean. you will always have a place in my heart.