Sharon Kay Minge
June 11, 1941 – December 27, 2020
Sharon was born in Bellingham Washington on June 11th, 1941 to Kay and Maynard Minge. She showed a natural talent for music and, since she was blessed with perfect pitch, she started playing the piano at an early age. Sharon graduated from Bellingham high school and went on to Western Washington University and Whittenburg University where she received a Masters of Sacred Music Organ. She returned to Washington state and started her career as organist and choir director at several churches in the Seattle area, Crown Lutheran, Gethsemane Lutheran and Broadview Community United Church of Christ just to name a few. Sharon also taught music at Kings school in north Seattle. As she got older, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was no longer able to continue playing the organ so she went back to college, earned a degree in accounting and went to work at Jacobson, Lawrence and Associates tax and accounting firm in downtown Seattle. She worked there until she moved to Lacey with her “golden girl” friends and retired. Sharon Joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia along with her three housemates, Ruby, Barbara and Sue, she played in the Bell choir there for several years. She continued to teach piano in Olympia at Yenney Music store until her arthritis made it too hard to continue. Sharon had heart surgery a few years ago and even though the surgery was a success she never bounced back physically and needed to have full time care. She moved to Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia where she received excellent care and love from the staff. She resided there until her death on Dec. 27th, 2020. She is survived by her brother Michael (Shelley) Minge of Bellingham WA., her aunts Janine Gallagan of Port Angeles WA., Helen Hozduke of Comox B.C. and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Sharon made a difference in so many people’s lives by imparting her love of music and her joy of life. She will be missed and leaves a big hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.