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Sharon Kay Weber was born June 1, 1945 in Caney, Kansas to Verne & Fern (Finney) Gilliland. Sharon went home to be with her Lord on March 16, 2023 in Denver, CO surrounded by her family. Sharon was the youngest of four children growing up in Caney, she loved being on her grandparent’s farm and helping tend to all the animals especially the calves, a passion for cattle that lasted her entire life. She was always tagging along with her older brother, sisters, cousins, and even her aunts and uncles that were close in age.
Sharon attended grade school in Cozad, Nebraska till the fourth grade when the family moved to Sterling, Colorado. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. She then attended and graduated from Northeastern Junior College in 1965. Sharon loved all sports, but was known for Softball in Sterling, and was quite the pitcher for her team winning many titles for them through the years. At that time, there wasn’t athletics in school for females, but that didn’t stop Sharon from playing basketball and softball.
Sharon met the love of her life at NJC. She would marry Larry Dean Weber on December 26, 1965 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. They had three children who all grew up on the family farm including Marc Dean in 1969, Marla Kay in 1970, and Monica Ann in 1976. The family spent their time together tending to their cattle herd, planting and harvesting corn and wheat, and preparing 4-H and FFA projects for fair, state fair, and the National Western Stock Show. Sharon loved to play softball and she continued that passion with her kids by playing on the Church Co-ed Softball team and league. She was one of the pitchers. She also was known for all of her wonderful harvest meals. She would bring an entire home-made meal to the field where they would eat as a family on the tailgate of the pickup. She also loved to bake birthday cakes. The kids would always get a decorated cake from Sharon, and she especially loved to make her angel food cakes and chocolate chiffon cakes.
Sharon was a homemaker and farm hand most of her life. She would help Larry with everything on the farm including working cattle, driving tractor or truck, hauling cattle to the sale barn, and of course always taking her care of the house, lawn, flowers, and garden. She was employed by Phillips County and the Furniture Store in Holyoke prior to having children. When her children were older, she decided to work again and was a secretary at Farm-Co Realty, and eventually taking a position with Bank of Colorado where she retired as a loan clerk in 2010.
Sharon and Larry moved from the farm to Holyoke in 1994. They continued to help raise show cattle along with their son, Marc. They were extremely proud of their numerous Grand Champions at many state and national shows. Their pride and joy were when their own children and grand children would win those Grand Champion titles. They were huge supporters of the Phillips County Fair and the 4-H and FFA programs. Sharon loved to garden and took such pride in her lawn and beautiful flower gardens. She was always greeted everyone with that beautiful smile and a pleasant conversation. She cherished time with her neighbors and her lifelong friends.
Sharon was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst and then Zion Lutheran Church after they moved to Holyoke.
Sharon loved all types of sports. She and Larry were Den
ver Bronco Season ticket holders and loved to cheer them on each week either in person or in their living room. She also loved watch NCAA basketball and filled out many brackets through the years. Sharon was also an avid supporter of Holyoke Dragon Athletics! She loved to cheer on the Dragons and especially her children and grandchildren, rarely missing a game whether it was here in Holyoke, a few miles away, or clear across the state. Some of her fondest memories were to watch them participate at the regional and state level. She especially loved the state basketball tournament. Her pride and joy was her family and anything that they participated in or performed at, she was always there for everything including dance recitals, choir concerts, FFA banquets and of course every fair, state fair, jackpot show, or stock show. Nana, as her grandchildren called her was their biggest fan. She made lunch everyday for her grandkids once they started in junior high. On game days, she made special meals to give them energy, or their “favorite Nana dish”. Her love for her family was one of her greatest accomplishments.
Sharon is survived by her three children; Marc, Marla and husband, Kris; and Monica and husband, Tim. Seven grandchildren, Tyler and wife Chandler Camblin, Kaylee Camblin, Cash Weber, Colby Weber, Cruse Weber, Tenley Becker, and Maesa Becker all of Holyoke; sisters Shirley Smidt of Cozad, NE; Karen Anderson of Greeley, CO; brother Larry and wife Claire Gilliland of Loveland, Co; Sister in Laws Elaine Pugh and husband Lucky of Holyoke and Betty Schnitker of Wichita, KS and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Weber; parents, Verne and Fern Gilliland; Mother and Father In law, Arthur and Berneice Weber; brothers in law Al Anderson, LaDean Smidt, and Dick Schnitker; Sister in law, Sandra Gilliland; niece Lynette Gilliland and nephew Michael Schnitker.
Funeral service-Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 10:30 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colorado with Reverend Gary Rahe officiating. Interment to follow at the Holyoke Cemetery.
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