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Sharon Ann Duncan

September 21, 1951September 16, 2018
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It is with broken hearts that the family of Sharon Ann Duncan announces her passing.

Sharon was born on September 21, 1951 in McAllen, Texas. She passed on September 12, 2018 at her home near Granger, Texas.

Sharon grew up in Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, where her mother was a school teacher who taught her to value education and equality, and her father was an oilfield worker who taught her the value of hard work and how to cuss like a roughneck. She dropped out of high school, got a GED and attended the University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas-Pan American in her twenties before taking a 20+ year break in her education to raise her children. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas State University in 2005.

Sharon birthed three children, was “second” mom to many, and loved them all fiercely. She was proud of her children’s successes and reminded them often. She loved nature, wildlife, and all animals more than most people. She enjoyed simple pleasures in life: solitude, peace, and watching the animals from her windows at the farm. She relished the beauty and energy of severe Texas thunderstorms, so much so, that she preferred no window coverings. She wanted to witness all of nature’s blessings.

Sharon’s work life crossed many industries and experiences. She was co-owner of a home remodeling business, worked in customer service, and greatly enjoyed working as a teacher and substitute teacher. One of the professional accomplishments that she was most proud of came during the years that she worked for the Texas Department of Health. While there she worked in the Immunization Division on a statewide campaign to increase the rate of childhood immunizations in Texas.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Gretchen Duncan, and her brother John Hayden Duncan. She is survived by her son John “Jay” Williams; daughter Summer Barber and Summer’s husband Mark Lewis, their daughter River, and son Lincoln (due in December) and her daughter Sunshine Barber and her husband Carl Gillingham.

A celebration of Sharon’s life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home at 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Sharon’s memory with a donation to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter: http://pets.wilco.org/Donate-Shop.

Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, September 28, 2018
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Sharon Ann Duncan

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joshua williams

December 19, 2018

We were raised by a village; an outlaw-country, Texas-hippy clan in which Sharon was our second mother. And in Texas, especially south texas, it is no small thing to say and know that your mother makes the best refried beans. It is an even bigger thing to realize later in life that you were raised a true feminist. Not the sort of feminism that is taught in gender studies class in my liberal arts college, but the determined, daily feminism that you are raised with out surprise when your mother can bait a hook and clean a fish, till a garden, hammer a nail and paint a straight line as well as, if not better than, any man around. To never have a doubt that she will take care of you and raise you to be stronger, no matter the struggles around you. And though stretching meals with boiled squash was something I despised, it was a pleasure and privilege to count on homemade lemon merengue pies, Superman cakes and piñatas on your birthday. Again, I realized later in life, it was this second mother of ours whom we have to thank for that dependability and that stability in our childhood. It is something really unique in our lives and unfathomable to many, to be raised in such a way. The love and the hardships that went hand in hand. The pleasures of being wild children with wild parents is something that I will always treasure. I have Sharon Duncan to thank from the bottom of my heart for helping to raise me along with my brothers and sisters. For making sure that we were fed and sheltered and nurtured. For making sure we knew we were smart and knew we could succeed, even though we could be “piss ants” at times. I will always think of you when I hear the word piña colada and I’ll never, ever, forget the love you shared with us all.

We love you so much Sharon.

Joshua

Jay (Bub) Williams

October 16, 2018

Today is October 15th, 2018. I last saw my mom October 15th, 2017. She didn't tell me the truth that day. She was suddenly available to get together to go see a movie the day after the wedding of her daughter, Summer Barber to Mark Lewis. I walked with Mom slowly down the isle, and danced with her at the reception.
The next day, I didn't ask many questions as to how she got the day off of work, and I really didn't care, I was glad to see her again. We went to see the remake of the movie "IT," and about 3/4's of the way through the movie she peers over at me and exclaims "These kids better be okay!"
That was the last day I saw my mom. The night before as I saw her eyes dance, her body didn't quite keep up, I feared that it was going to be the last time I saw her. She was so happy for Summer, so happy to be there with us, and so happy to see her granddaughter River grow up.
This isn't about her dishonesty that day and the truth isn't importat, it's to explain her perspective. By not telling what had happened, she thought she was sparing me worry. She did this repeatedly as I was growing up. Anytime I voiced my concerns for her safety it was dismissed with a "You don't need to worry about me." Strength and independance can be a double edged sword.
I can't describe the flood of emotions and memories that that struck me when I recieved notice of her passing. There are to many to fit into this blog. However, at her celebration of life I was able to see her legacy in that room. To witness all of the strong women who my mother helped influence, raise, and inspire filled me with so much pride. It's sad that we never get to see how many people we touch in our lifetime in one room, but that day Summer, Sunshine and I got to witness our mothers legacy in all those that came to bid her farewell.
Mom, you may be gone, but this world is so much better for having had you in it. I love and miss you so much.

-Jay, JW, Bubba, and when in trouble John Harold Williams the III!!!

Summer Barber

October 15, 2018

I wrote this for my Mom on what would have been her 67th birthday...

Sharon Ann Duncan: This was my Mom

She overcame childhood adversity and lived her life the way that she wanted, not to typical societal norms.
This was my Mom.
She birthed three children, was “second” mom to many, and loved them all fiercely. She was proud of her children’s successes and reminded them often.
This was my Mom.
She cherished her grand daughter and the time they shared. The last visit she reveled in her toddler kiss good-bye. She eagerly anticipated meeting her grandson.
This was my Mom.
She loved nature, wildlife, and all animals more than most people.
This was my mom.
She enjoyed simple pleasures in life: solitude, peace, and watching the animals from her windows at the farm.
This was my Mom.
She relished the beauty and energy of severe Texas thunderstorms, so much so, that she preferred no window coverings. She wanted to witness all of nature’s blessings.
This was my Mom.
She engaged in guilty pleasures, read vigorously, and enjoyed movies especially westerns to escape her life’s demons.
This was my Mom.
She was always supportive during hard times without judgment. She was compassionate, caring, and my beloved friend.
This was my Mom…
I love you, Mom, and am thinking about you, especially today on your birthday.

Christie Pugh

October 6, 2018

Sharon was my friend and ex-wife-in-law, a term we made up to show we were life-long relatives. Sharon was my sons' step-mother for nine years of their childhood. We were friends and neighbors before that. We each had our first baby in 1976, and second ones in 1978. Mine being about five months younger, I learned much from Sharon. She was a natural at motherhood-- nursing "on demand" even in public, long before it became a national debate! Using cloth diapers, not plastic throw-aways. Wholesome, homemade baby food. No sugar, artificial coloring, preservatives. A simple, hand-cranked grinder did the trick. You can buy healthy, organic baby food ready-made now. Not then.
Sharon, thanks for all the laughs, support and good old common sense you always brought to the table!
Thanks for your beautiful children, Sunshine, Summer and Bub.
Thank you for the unconditional love you shared with so many.
Peace and love,
Christie

Sunshine Barber

September 28, 2018

A Few Facts About My Mom (that I think are pretty cool):

1. Whenever life handed her sour-milk, she made pancakes, and taught others to do the same.

2. As a teenager, she and her girlfriends dressed as boys so they could get jobs cleaning doves during hunting season. It wasn’t a job that girls were allowed to do.

3. She marched with Cesar Chavez to support America’s farm workers.

4. She could (and did) feed a veritable army of children on a bag of pinto beans and tortillas, regularly.

5. Once, armed only with a frying pan, she fought off a raccoon that was raiding the kitchen.

6. She had lots of recipes around the house, but I never, ever saw her refer to one when cooking.

Weny Schreiber

September 27, 2018

Summer~
I am so sorry for your loss. Hold on to all those memories. Your Mom now has a front seat into your life! Know that her loving arms are still around you.

With deepest sympathy,
Wendy Schreiber

LCRA Plant Environmental Support Team

September 26, 2018

Summer and Family,

Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss.

LCRA Plant Environmental Support Team
(Wendy, Beckie, Ross, Steve, Terry, Ricky, Emil, Ron & Teresa)

Teresa Angel

September 26, 2018

Summer and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Hold onto your memories, they will comfort you in the days to come.
My thoughts and prayers,
Teresa Angel

Maria Vega-Hedrick

September 26, 2018

JW, Summer and Sunshine - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom! She was a wonderful woman with a kind, open and loving heart. She was one of my first friends in Texas and we for sure shared some adventures and she introduced me to many of Texas' treasures - like Matagorda Bay and enchiladas! She loved you each fiercely and I heard many stories about each of you as she showed her pride and joy at being your mom! May you find some comfort in the memories, fun times and laughter you shared with your mom - she would love that!! Sending you hugs and love, Maria.

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