On May 3, 1943, Sharon was born in McCune, Kansas, where she also grew up on her family’s farm. She was a cheerleader for McCune Rural Highschool and played the French horn in the school band. In 1961, during her senior year, Sharon and her two best friends, Janice and Tywink, AKA “The Three Musketeers” would travel back and forth from McCune to Kansas City, spending their weekends in the “big city”. A blind date on one of these trips is how Sharon met her future husband, Dwight Johnson.
Sharon worked for many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC before retiring. Not one to sit idle, she went to work part time for a doctor’s office shortly after retirement and in 2004 she joined Beta Sigma Phi. She made many good friends through her sorority and is remembered fondly for her willingness to go above and beyond to always help, for being a gracious hostess and for making “the best lasagna ever”. She proved to be a devoted member by serving as a City Council Representative, holding the position of President and working as Yearbook Chairman for fifteen years.
Sharon loved to travel, read thrillers, cook and bake, watch sports and sip on a cold Diet Coke. Road trips to Branson, where she could go on a hike, shop or just sit and talk with her three sisters, Bonita, Pat and Carolyn was something she always looked forward to. Her home was the perfect spot for holidays, celebrations or watching a football game. She ALWAYS had something good to eat. Spaghetti Red, homemade Thanksgiving noodles, her yummy chocolate sheet cake or the aroma of some other delicious food would fill her kitchen on these occasions. The KC Royals, KC Chiefs and KU basketball were her favorite sports teams to watch. She endured a lot of teasing for the latter from her two sons who are both big MU fans!
Sharon was a loving sister, caring friend, sweet aunt and hard worker, but her proudest role was as Mom and Grandma. She leaves behind her two sons; Michael (Shari) Johnson and Kevin (Stacey) Johnson, five grandchildren: Julia, Goldie, Kenneth, Cady and Emma and two step-grandsons, Trey and Beau, who she welcomed into her family with opened arms. Ask any one of her grandkids and they will tell you what a great grandma Sharon was, but that title became official when she welcomed her first great grandchild, Auggie, this year!
Preceding her in death were her parents, Glenn and Dorothy (Bell) Stewart and an infant brother, Leroy.
Dear Mom/Grandma: Your presence we will miss, Your memory we will treasure, Loving you always, Forgetting you never.