Sharon Jane Martin Weaver Brown, 77, of Laclede, Missouri, peacefully passed away on February 6, 2021, surrounded by her loving family in her home.
Sharon was born on February 13, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas to Marjorie Collins and James Daughtry (J.D.) Martin. She then gained an adopted father, US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant William (Bill) Weaver in 1948. Sharon was a 1960 graduate of Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, US Army Master Sergeant Mike Brown, on July 16, 1964 and they enjoyed 56 years of wedded bliss until his death on November 18, 2020.
Sharon’s passions included her service to the community as a past City Clerk of Laclede, volunteering with the Laclede Ball Association, the Pershing Days committee, the Animal Shelter of Linn County, and as a leader supporting the Girl Scouts of America. Sharon was a member in the Order of the Eastern Star, and she and Mike were 33-year members of the Laclede United Methodist Church. She supported the Nation as the spouse of a career Army Non-Commissioned Officer. While her Soldier was overseas for two deployments, she shouldered the solo responsibility of raising the children and providing stability for the family.
Sharon was an avid genealogy hobbyist and researcher. Over the past 30 years she mapped over 2,900 burial plots in the Laclede Cemetery and as a result of her meticulous investigations, established a current and accurate baseline for the city’s cemetery records.
Sharon was a passionate antique collector, loved the many dogs she had as pets over the years, and was renowned for her artful and elaborate penmanship, including the art of calligraphy. Her obsession for all things Coca-Cola was legendary! A visit to Sharon’s kitchen was an immersive experience as all the decor, down to the color-specific paint, reflected the Atlanta soft drink’s brand and history. She also possessed a strong pride and affection for her home state of Texas.
Known by most of the family as Grandma Sharon, she was truly a matriarch that quietly but firmly guided her family towards a place of compassion and kindness. Her gentle demeanor, her warmth, and her affection were the hallmarks of her character. Sharon had a surprising sense of humor and extraordinary spunk for a lady of such small stature. She epitomized the very best of the human condition. Grandma Sharon was the voice of our past and is the role model of our present. She opened the doors to our future and leaves behind a legacy that carries on for generations.
Sharon is survived by her stepmother, Dorothy Martin and half-sister, Jancie (Steve) Smith, both of China Spring, Texas; a half-sister Susan (Frank) Messina, of Lakeland, Florida. She is also survived by her children; Troy (Tamily) Brown of Castle Rock, Colorado, Tracy Brown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Misty (George) Cate of Quincy, Illinois, as well as her 11 grandchildren; Tristin, Justine, Katrina, Christopher, Kristina, Dylan, Daniel, Kyle, Layla, Jovi, and Rory, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held with a visitation on Friday, February 12, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. with an Eastern Star service at 5:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield, Missouri with graveside services at the Laclede Cemetery in Laclede, Missouri.
In honor of Sharon Brown, the family requests that gifts be made to the Laclede Cemetery Improvement Project. Donations may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
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