Sharon Kay Weide, 66, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
Sharon was the youngest of seven to Shirden and Cassie (Shephard) Damron. She was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Toronto.
She attended schools in Toronto, Colorado and Iola. She earned her GED from Allen County Community College in 1986.
She was married to Gary Howerton until his death in 1969.
Sharon married Les Weide on Dec. 23, 1977, in Iola. They made their home in Gas.
During her life she has worked at Iola Deluxe Launderers and Cleaners, as a seamstress at Miller Dress Factory, as a waitress at 54 Cafe, hauling silage at Blackjack Cattle Company and as a home health caregiver. She also volunteered at Countryside Estates and for many years at Iola Senior Center. During her later years she worked as a homemaker.
She enjoyed decorating cakes, crafting, traveling and never missed her grandchildren’s activities. She also crocheted afghans for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son Russell Howerton; two brothers, Wayne Damron and Leon Damron; two sisters, Pauline Schwintz and Barbara Damron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband Les; three sons, Kevin Howerton and wife Ronna, Gas, Andy Weide and wife Lori, Gas, Chris Weide and wife Naomi, Fall River; a daughter, Sarah Stansbury and husband Brian, Iola; sisters Betty McDonald, Emporia, and Shirley Swift-White and husband Bill, Williamsburg, Colo.; sister-in-law Maxine Moyer and husband Russ, Sulphur Rock, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Gas Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Allen County Fair Association or Allen County 4-H Council and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.