Age 68, of Byron, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, after a prolonged and difficult fight with a number of health issues.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 9450 Duffield Road in Gaines. The Rev. Bill Wegher will celebrate with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, and an hour prior to Mass Saturday. A scripture service will take place at 7 p.m. Friday evening, at the funeral home.

Sharon was born July 10, 1951, in Detroit to Herman August and Sally Marie (Richardson) Smith. Sharon graduated from Novi High School with the class of 1969 and continued her education at Oakland University ,graduating as a nurse. Her career in nursing spanned four decades. She worked in nursing homes, surgical care, critical care and spent many years in internal medicine. She would finish her career in the early 2000s after a number of years at a family practice. Sharon took great pride in providing her patients with excellent care, and made sure to treat them with the highest level of professionalism, compassion, and dignity.

Sharon’s career in nursing is how she would meet her husband, Mike. Sharon met Mike while she was the charge nurse at a nursing home in Novi in 1973. Mike and Sharon were married Oct. 18, 1975, and together raised two children, Beth and Bud. They moved several times, but settled in Byron in 1979 and spent the next 43 years in that house.

After Sharon retired she enjoyed yearly vacations, especially cruising the Caribbean with Mike and their friends. Sharon and her father had a special bond, and she enjoyed any time that she spent with him. She spent numerous hours supporting her grandchildren at nearly all of their extracurricular activities, and school events, she was a huge supporter of 4-H and FFA, and will always be remembered for her no-bake cookies.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 43 years, Mike; children Beth (Ben) Butcher and Michael (aka Bud); also her grandchildren Benjamin and Faith Butcher.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary McEvoy.

Sharon always wanted to own her own food pantry, so please consider donations to the St. Mary Outreach Food Pantry, or the Byron FFA.

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