Sharron Jean Hollingsworth passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 at a hospital in Boise, Idaho. She was born the November 19, 1937, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She grew up in Kansas before meeting her future husband of 59 years, Gene Irvin Hollingsworth. After graduating nursing school, she and Gene married in Kansas before moving to Mountain Home AFB where Gene was stationed. At Mountain Home AFB she welcomed daughters Stacy Lynn and Carol Jean. Air Force life was filled with many moves and challenges which Mom took on with her characteristic grit. They were stationed at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico when they welcomed daughter Linda Kaye. While stationed at Minot AFB, Gene’s last post, Sharron finished her bachelor’s degree from Minot State with majors/minors in History, Theatre, Philosophy, Psychology and English. She did all this while working as a Red Cross Licensed Lifeguard and Training Provider.
In 1975 the Hollingsworth family moved to Boise, Idaho upon Gene’s retirement from the Air Force. Sharron’s career continued as a hospital accreditation surveyor working for JHCO. She continued her education at Idaho State University pursuing her master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. This led her to employment with the Walker Center Rehabilitation satellite in Boise. She was fiercely committed to helping others physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
Her final employment was as Director of Nursing Services at Walter Knox Memorial Hospital for 14 years until her retirement. She passionately believed in rural medicine and worked tirelessly to create the highest quality care she could for every patient.
Sharron’s faith was evident to family and friends as the stalwart presence in any time of trouble, offering love, listening and wisdom to any who asked. She was unmoving in her loyalty to her faith family at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church helping in any way she could. She was an Education for Ministry facilitator and volunteered this education to any who wished to study the Scriptures, volunteering as an EFM instructor at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario weekly.
Sharron was devoted to the freedom and expression available through theatre and fulfilled this joy with involvement in the Emmett Community Playhouse. She was active, both on stage and off, with her clear vision and biting sense of humor. Drama and comedy were equal comrades on her stage.
Sharron was preceded in death by beloved husband, Gene Irvin Hollingsworth. She leaves behind: daughters and sons in law (who were sons to her) Stacy Lynn Hollingsworth-Barnett and husband Bob, CJ Wilkinson and husband Dean, Linda Kaye Hollingsworth-Jones and husband Steve; sister, Barbara Louise Otto and husband Rick. She was profoundly proud of her entire family; loyal and fierce as the grandmother of Justin Ryan Hunter and his wife Rene Woeckener, Joel Scott Hunter, Derek Barnett, Ajay DeChambeau, Andrew James DeChambeau, Holli Anne Davis and husband Nathan, Patrick Dean Wilkinson, Cation Peter Hollingsworth Jones and Adarsh Steven Tanay Jones.
We rejoice with Sharron, being at peace and present with our Lord as well as our Dad.
All who knew her feel the immense shift in a world without her.
Viewing will be Tuesday, November 23 from 6-8 pm at the Potter Funeral Chapel.
Services will be Wednesday, November 24 at 11 am at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Emmett. Burial will follow at the Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens in Meridian.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sharron’s memory to Lions Club or the Emmett Community Playhouse.
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