Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lost a friend today

We received a phone call from my cousin Sharon's husband today.  It was one that we were expecting but dreaded receiving.  Sharon passed away after battling cancer for the last 4-5 years.  She hung in there despite many setbacks and as the quality of her life was diminished, she always had a smile for us when we visited her.

Al & Sharon spent the last 3 years in a RV park a few miles from us and we visited more with them than in the previous 50 years.  She will be missed by her three sisters; Betty Ann, Marcy and Linda along with her husband Al as well as Gerry and me.

She made it one day past her 68th birthday and a wedding anniversary.  I wonder if she hung on for those two events or was it just her time to go?

She loved the Southwest and Tucson in particular.  We took a ride with them down a rough road for about 30 miles and she was a real trooper and had a great time.  I'd like to remember her like she was in the photo below, with a big smile.

Sharon OKAS Barrier
 Goodbye Sharon.


  1. Dad, I'm so sorry for your loss of a cousin and a good friend. I do rember Sharon from many, many years ago

  2. So sorry for your loss. We got to meet them in Tucson.

  3. Sorry for your loss. I know she'd been sick a long time. I'm glad she got to spend time out here. Ron will send our condolences to Allen via email.