Sharon L. Heiman
September 7, 1942 – July 28, 2020
Sharon Potts Heiman passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020 at Regent Park in Wichita. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and her many friends.
Sharon was born in Kansas City on September 7, 1942, to Marjorie Frieze Potts and Conrad Potts. She was the first of four children. The family moved to Wichita in 1946 and Sharon grew up here. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament School in 1956 and from Mount Carmel Academy in 1960, where she was the President of the Student Council. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1964. While at K-State, she met her future husband, Richard Heiman of Beloit, Kansas. Sharon and Rich were married at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita on June 27, 1964.
The couple began life together in Overland Park, Kansas, where Sharon worked as a librarian for four years. In 1971, they moved to Pasadena, California where Rich became President of Phostoxin, Incorporated (later Sunzone, Inc.). While in California, Sharon and Rich owned and operated a travel agency and Sharon managed their rental properties. They frequently travelled for both business and pleasure to Europe, South America, China and the Caribbean.
When Rich died of a sudden heart attack in 1995, Sharon returned to Wichita to be near her family and was re-united with many friends. Sharon was exceedingly kind, helpful, and loving to her mother, Marge, during this time. Sharon was also active in numerous local non-profit and charitable organizations, including the Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Art Museum, Red Cross, Wichita Mental Health Association, Guadalupe Clinic, the Agatharians, POE, and the Wichita Historical Society. She attended Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. Sharon loved travelling and visiting art galleries; she also enjoyed going to good restaurants and having a good glass of wine.
Sharon was a loving wife, a kind and thoughtful daughter, and a loyal sister. She was pre-deceased by her father and mother as well as her brother, Tom, and sister, Dianne. She is survived by her sister, Janet Potts and her husband Alan Coffey of Falls Church, Virginia, and two nephews, Michael Potts of Salida, Colorado, and Ryan Potts of Wichita.
Due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, there will be no formal funeral service, with Lakeview Funeral Home handling the arrangements. The family will have a memorial gathering later to properly celebrate Sharon’s life. Those who would like to be notified of this memorial gathering may send an email to email@example.com
Sharon L. Heiman
August 5, 2020
I've known Sharon for quite some time She was in PEO with me and we also played bridge (shared the chairmanship) and in book club together.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed very much.
August 4, 2020
Sharon and I were in the same class at Mt. Carmel Academy . We were a close class and had many fond memories. When Sharon moved back to Wichita we reconnected again through our class reunions which she had a great part in planning and orchestrating. I really enjoyed our time together during our 50th celebration. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family and many friends.
August 3, 2020
I enjoyed getting to know Sharon when she returned to Wichita. Her Mom and my Mom (Ella Hutchinson) were best friends in there later years. I went to grade school with her younger brother, Tom. She was always interesting and fun to be with. She was a good friend to a lot of people and will be greatly missed.
August 1, 2020
Sharon was a P.E.O. sister. During the last year I was invited to substitute in a bridge club that met at Sharon's favorite Italian restaurant. I was always interested in what she was reading. My prayers are with those of you who loved her.
July 31, 2020
My condolences go out to the family. I enjoyed the many times that were spent planning future WAM travel and when we were sharing other ideas about our lives.
July 30, 2020
I am sending heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Sharon’s family.
I had the pleasure of knowing & working & traveling with Sharon for over 30 years. We spent a lot of time together and had a lot of fun working on various organizations – Friends of the Art Museum, Wichita Center for the arts,Designing Women, MarkArts, TBM investment club, and at the gym. She was a dedicated community volunteer and a good friend. Her passing away will leave a void in so many of our lives. Kelly Momsen
July 30, 2020
Heart-felt condolences to Sharon’s family. She was a caring and friendly person. Her volunteer hours in the Wichita community will be sorely missed.
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Board Chair and Designing Women Executive Chair