Sharon L. (Maxwell) Pearson, 66, of Cody died April 15, 2019, after an aggressive and short battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
She was born in Wessington Springs, S.D., on Jan. 17, 1953, to Arthur and Dorothy Maxwell. Pearson was described as friendly and happy in high school and still had friends from those days.
She later met and married Charlie Sweeney and had three children from that union. They moved to Gillette and after 10 years that relationship ended with Sharon’s strength and decision that her kids needed a more stable life. She then met her true love, Paul Pearson, and spent the next 34 years with him.
Sharon and Paul moved to Casper where he worked as a butcher and she as a dietary aide at Shepherd of the Valley Care Center. Her strength and courage presented itself again when she decided to change careers and become a phlebotomist at United Blood Services. Her natural friendliness and humor made this a wonderful new career.
In 2011 Sharon and Paul moved to Cody to escape the “big city” to help raise their grandson with special needs. Sharon became an active part of the community and developed her love of gardening by participating in the Master Gardeners program and the Garden Club. Here, she met wonderful friends who would refer to themselves as “junior seniors” (because they weren’t old enough to truly be seniors) and with whom she would share many laughs.
Sharon continued to quilt and sew beautiful blankets, clothes, home decorations, and make presents for children. She loved to work out at the Rec Center, hang out with her dogs and spoil her loved ones. Sharon instilled her strong work ethic into her children and was of the attitude that if you want it, you work for it. She was a strong and focused woman who knew life was unfair but also knew you made the most of what you had. She loved her family fiercely and even when arguments arose knew that real families disagree and work it out.
Sharon is survived by her husband Paul and daughter Tammy (Robert Horner) all of Cody; son Justin (Katie) of Casper; son Kevin (Tory) of Abu Dhabi; three grandchildren Aidan, Hayley and Hatcher; sisters Marvelyn (Gary) Salmon of Gillette and Sandy (Mitch) Madrid of Cortez, Colo.; brother Gary of Sheridan, numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and in-laws. Although not related by blood, she also adopted into the fold other families and considered them part of the brood: the Franzen Family (Jeremiah, Glenda, Marshal, Sebastian and Sydney) and the Ruskowsky Family (Alan, Amy and Madison) are two such families.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother and sister-in-law Monty (Donna) Maxwell.
A Celebration of Life picnic is planned for noon July 27 at 17 Horner Drive in Cody, with her memorial stone then being placed on Carter Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Cancer Society or a charity that you deem worthy.