Obituary of Sharon Moore
Sharon Lee Eldringhoff Moore slipped beyond her earthly state on July 27, 2015. She was 71.
She died peacefully at Hospice of the Foothills, feeling grateful for a good life and the love of family and friends.
Sharon was born and spent most of her life in St. Louis and mid-Missouri areas; the last eight years were lived in the Foothills of the Sierras in Northern California. She married Denis James Eldringhoff in 1965. The marriage lasted 35 years. They had a son named Matthew.
She was a mother, wife, educator, artist, therapist, practitioner, business woman, community volunteer and advocate. Many of her watercolor and pastel paintings were shown in juried shows and won awards. Recently, a small book of essays and poetry was published with the help of friends. Mostly, she was an advocate of peace. Sharon was a very active member and served numerous committees; she also enjoyed membership in her Chalice Group, Writers’ Group and Spiritual Book Club.
In the early years, she and her husband were both active in school, scouting and community affairs. Following a decade of teaching in the public schools, Sharon ran a family-owned B&B/art gallery business. After receiving her master’s degree in Art Therapy, she worked for agencies that served the needs of those affected by domestic violence and war trauma. At the International Institute in St. Louis, Sharon worked with survivors from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.
She continued her pro-peace activities from her new home in California. Sharon had always wanted to live close to the redwoods and mountain rivers, and before her illness, enjoyed many hours on hiking trails with friends
Sharon had been a long time member of the Cancer Support Group at the Grass Valley hospital and after her most recent diagnosis, decided she wanted to be part of the dialogue on death and dying and so was grateful for all that Hospice of the Foothills had to offer.
Sharon is survived by her son Matthew James Eldringhoff (Matt); her sister Kathleen Ann Wehrle (Katy); her beloved cat Henry Grey Eagle (Grey); and many, many wonderful friends.
She looks forward to whatever life holds for her and trusts that it is good.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains at corner of Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley, California.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, The Wounded Warrior’s Project, Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, Sammie’s friends (or animal shelter of choice) or Cancer Aid Thrift Shop.
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