Sharon E. Fann passed away June 24, 2019 at Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, Kansas, at the age of 78 years.

She was born on the family farm outside of Mingo, Kansas, in Thomas County to Elmer and Ethel (Keck) Fann Feb. 27, 1941. She attended Mingo Grade School and Colby High School in Thomas County. After graduation she attended Denver Business College. After completing the program she returned to Colby and worked as a secretary at the Thomas County Extension Office, and retired after 33 years.

Growing up in northwest Kansas, Sharon attended school and church. She and her cousin Maralee would sing duets at church. As an adult, Sharon became active in the community. She was one of the organizers of the Thomas County 4-H Fair, attended services at the Baptist Church, sang in an Ecumenical choir and taught Sunday School and Bible School.

During this time Sharon was also the caretaker for her ailing mother. Each day after work, she would go to the nursing home to be with her mother until bedtime. Even after her mother passed away, Sharon continued as a caretaker for her aunt. In 2003, Sharon and her aunt moved to Chapman to be closer to family. She joined the Chapman United Methodist Church, was a member of the Bernice Huff Circle and the Lakeside EEU. Sharon continued as the caretaker until her aunt’s death in 2007.

Sharon spent many years as a caretaker and giving of her time. She ignored her own chronic pain while serving the needs of others. In 2008 Sharon had another life changing event when she was home alone the night of the tornado in Chapman. She lost her home and most of her belongings but in “Sharon style”, she was a survivor and persevered because of her faith.

Survivors are her cousins Maralee (Harold) Bray of Chapman, Darrel (Cindy) Finch, Haysville, KS, Steve (Brenda) Finch, Lindsborg, KS, Jason (Cindy) Bray, Salina, KS, Ronda Reade and Ashleigh (Brendon) Lankfort, Dallas, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Ethel Fann and brother Thurman Fann.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Chapman United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be Saturday, June 29 at Beulah Cemetery in Colby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Butterfield Trail Housing Complex or Gideons International in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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