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Mary A. Sharp

June 15, 2015

St. Marys—Mary A. Sharp, 91, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at her home.


She was born March 18/19, 1924 at Okmulgee,, OK, the daughter of Elmore and Nina Bell Patterson Blackburn.  Mary lived in Okmulgee, Emporia, Admire and Alma as a child.  She graduated from Alma High School and attended Baker University at Baldwin City.


Mary and her husband Charles owned and operated a filling station in St. Marys for 33 years; she also was an Avon Representative for many years.  Mary was an active member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church, the FCE, Order of the Eastern Star and Literary Club where she served as President.  She also served on the election board for many years.


She was united in marriage to Charles N. “Charlie” Sharp on January 23, 1948 at the Manhattan Christian College.  He preceded her in death on September 8, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by a stillborn son, Paul, her parents, three brothers, Ted, John and Joe Blackburn, and a daughter-in-law Suzanne Sharp.


Survivors include two sons, Charles N. (Ellie) Sharp, Salina and David B. (Janice) Sharp, Rossville; her daughter, Sally K. Sharp, St. Marys; a brother, Herschel Blackburn, Wichita; sister-in-laws, Lois Blackburn, in Arkansas and Clara (Ed) Shannon in Colorado; grandchildren Clint Sharp, Emily (Jason) Lamb, Ben (Kate) Sharp, Joe Sharp, Hannah (Craig) Gilmore and Abigail Sharp; three great-granddaughters, twin great-granddaughters, Meyer and McCarty and Jacee Gilmore.


Funeral services will be at 3:00 P.M. Friday, June 19, 2015 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church.  Private family interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mrs. Sharp will lie in state after 5:00 P.M. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys where family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys United Methodist Church or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.



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18 thoughts on “Mary A. Sharp

  1. Mary was a wonderful neighbor to us for many years. I always enjoyed my visits with her. Such a friendly and positive person. She’ll be missed.

    Karl and Becky Meyer

  2. Dear Charles and David and family.
    So sorry to hear about your dear mother. We met her when we first moved to St. Marys in 1980. Then I would be at the nursing home with her when they had bingo.
    I talked to her about a week before she passed. I Tom and I will keep her in our prayers. She was a very gracious and helpful lady, especially when we first moved her and did not know to many people.
    Sincerely Tom and Teresa Toenjes

  3. I am saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. Always enjoyed visiting with her when she was going for her walks. My prayers are with your family.

  4. Mary was a dear friend, to so many of us. She took time to stop and visit. She lit up when she saw you and she was always smiling. We shared much together over the years and I will miss her greatly. My sincere sympathy to her family. She was very proud of you. Marilyn Immenschuh

  5. Mary was a dear friend during the 35 years we lived in St. Marys. We shared our children, working on the election board, St. Marys Literary Club, Avon, Miltonvale, KS , and families. I am so glad I saw Mary when up to St. Marys in Dec. May you be comforted by all your memories Sylvia

  6. So saddened to read that Mary passed. Her family and many friends will miss her dearly. She has received her reward of Heaven.
    Joe & Pauline Conley

  7. Mary Sharp was a dear friend to me from the time I was a young girl growing up in St. Marys and throughout the years. She was one of the kindest people I have known and her caring and loving manner was her hallmark. My condolences to all the family and to her many friends who will miss her.
    Betty Simecka

  8. Saddened to hear but know heaven has received a precious Angel who will be missed but never forgotten here on earth. A very special lady who i believe always had positive thoughts and energy galore. We all will miss her dearly. Dan & Linda Perry

  9. To all the Sharp family, I was sad when Virginia called and told me Mary had passed. What a lovely lady. The entire Ingenthron family (especially my dad Vic) talked highly of her. She will be missed. My the memories of her help ease the pain at this time of sorrow. My mom and dad along with Charlie and Mary are in a better place and looking down on all of us. With deepest sympathy. Dan and Tammy Wiltz

  10. So sorry about Mary’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. She always had something to share and was friendly with everyone. She was such a good friend to my mom, Jean when she was in the manor. My mom thought so much of her and her visits. We will all miss her.

  11. We were so sorry to read of Mary’s passing. She was a sweet & lovely lady and will be missed. Please accept our sincerest of sympathies. May she Rest In Peace & may your memories comfort and help ease the pain of your loss of her.
    The Stum’s

  12. Sorry to hear of Mary passing. She was a wonderful neighbor to the Fuhr Family for many years. She will be missed.

  13. So sorry to hear of her passing, Mary was a great person. She was an election worker for 40 years, she will be missed dearly.

  14. To: Dave & Janice and the Sharp family
    We were saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. Mary always had a smile and her face and was very proud of her family. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Bryan & Chris Goodman

  15. Our prayers are with you all at this time. Mary was such a wonderful lady we really enjoyed here presence at the times we were together.

  16. Dave & Janice and all the Sharp family,
    Our hearts go out to you all. It has been our privilege to know your Mom. Such a sweet lady who raised a large and happy family.

    Dave & Karen Larson

  17. To Sally and all of Mary’s family,
    So saddened to hear of the passing of our dear neighbor. She always had a friendly smile and wave across the alley to us. We will miss those kind gestures of friendship. May she rest in peace.

    Dale, Shelly, Ezra and Eliza Rezac
    “The Neighbors to the South”

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