Sponsored obituary: Sharon Ann Wentworth
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Lord called Sharon Ann Wentworth home on February 1st from Nevada City after a long battle with cancer.
Sharon was a member of Saint Canice Catholic Church. She was a dedicated parishioner, a lector, and shepherded her children Brian, Brendan and Dan Lewis through the sacraments of the church as well.
Sharon was born on July 22, 1942 in Syracuse, NY to Bob and Helen Kelley. She grew up in New Hope, NY, graduated valedictorian from Moravia High School and attended LeMoyne College for a year. She moved with her family to Bellflower, CA and graduated from Long Beach State. She married, had three children and arrived in Nevada City in 1972. Sharon substitute taught for the Nevada City School District for years before pursuing her California teaching credentials. A year of student teaching in Yuba City preceded her stepping in to take over Mrs. Sylvia Mitchell’s first grade class in Nevada City Elementary School. For over a quarter of a century she touched young 1st and 2nd graders’ lives with her love of life and love of children, ending each year with her memorable year-end head stand. She won the 2004 Nevada County Teacher of the Year. Sharon, then at Gold Run Elementary School, retired from teaching that year.
Sharon participated in many activities; Cub Scout den mother, soccer coach, soccer referee, team mother, childrens’ festivals, teacher organizations, and square dancing where she met her husband Frank Wentworth. They married in 1991 and moved to Penn Valley. Frank preceded her in death in 2004.
Sharon connected the family in many ways and selflessly ensured the family stayed together. She was an inspiring, dedicated mother, a loving grandmother to Olivia, Sean, Aidan and Therese Lewis, a devoted mother-in-law to Patty and Lynn Lewis, a caring sister/sister-in-law to Bob and Jeanne Kelley, Kevin and Katie Kelley, and Gary and Anne Kelley, an interested/supportive Aunt to Joanne, Mike, Ben, Brian and Lauren Harper, Matt, Erin, Sam, Grace, Ryan, Colleen, Adam and Mary Kelley and Tim Kelley, and a generous, selfless, tirelessly devoted daughter. She will be sorely, intimately and deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Canice Church in Nevada City at 11:00 am on February 11th. All are invited to celebrate Sharon’s life and journey to heaven. Recitation of the rosary scheduled for Friday night on February 10th at 7:00pm.
The Kelley and Lewis families extend our deepest appreciation to all for your heartfelt prayers and support.
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