Sharon Eleanor Pease (nee McConnell), beloved wife of Michael died on Thursday February 2, 2023 at the age of 91, after a lengthy battle with dementia.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Michael, and daughters Marielle (George), Richenda (Jim), and Larissa (Vaun), granddaughter Abbey, her younger brother Arlen (Sylvia) and sister in law Marion. She is predeceased by her other three siblings David McConnell (Mae), Marie Messmer (Earl), Stallard McConnell, and parents Alice (nee Mallard), and David McConnell.
Sharon was born in Coquitlam in 1931. She lived on the then forested Coast Meridian Road in Port Coquitlam. Mom told stories of using a lantern to walk to school on dark winter mornings and doing her homework by coal oil lamps in the evenings. Her family moved to Lillooet BC for some of the depression years. She told stories of them helping many displaced men seeking odd jobs. Her family returned to Port Coquitlam, and mom attended high school at the Duke of Connaught in New Westminster, where she made many lifelong friends. She often visited her beloved uncle Bill, a WWII veteran who lived with shell shock in an isolated cabin on Burke Mountain. She spent summers with her grandmother Porter at the 70 Mile roadhouse. She attended normal school at UBC and became a teacher. Her first job was in a one room school at the Flying U Ranch at Green Lake in 1950 as a single woman of 20. The school was heated by a wood stove and had attached teacher’s accommodations. She went on to teach home economics in Lumby, Clinton, and Haney. She met dad in 1959 and they married in 1960. They moved to Quesnel in 1960 and resided there until 1995. Mom taught home economics and was beloved by her students. When she returned to teaching after her children were in school she taught Kindergarten. She was known for her care of the children, elaborate classroom decorations, and the magical feeling that she created in the classroom. Mom continued her teaching with a toy box program where she delivered kindergarten materials to children in remote communities and visited each child monthly. She retired in 1995 and moved with dad to a riverfront property in Kamloops, where they built their second house together. Mom dedicated more time to gardening, yoga, canning food, making preserves, delicious meals, and sewing. She gave generously to us children and her granddaughter. She had a large community of friends in Kamloops and continued to keep in touch with her school chums, even attending her 60th high school reunion.
Mom had a sunny attitude, kindness, and a social nature. She loved big band music and would often reminisce about the dances that she would attend as a young woman. She loved to dance. She was resourceful, hard-working, and often tireless. She spent endless evenings during her career creating new lesson plans for her students and art projects for her classroom. Sharon excelled at all the domestic arts. She asked little for herself and gave endlessly to others. She immensely enjoyed the camaraderie of her female friends and cherished and nourished each friendship. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and community.
Many thanks to the staff at Pine Grove Care Facility for their excellent care of Sharon in her last eleven months. By Sharon’s request, she was cremated, and there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.
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