Sharon M. Stewart Brown, 70, of Parsons passed away at 6:51 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at her home.
Sharon was born to Wilson Kelly Stewart Sr. and Betty Jean (Robinson) Stewart on March 22, 1950, in Parsons. She grew up in Parsons and graduated from Parsons High School in 1968. As a child, Sharon loved to play around the neighborhood with her sisters and brothers, especially in the summer. She thought that nothing was more exciting than visiting her favorite cousins in Topeka, Wichita and Davenport, Iowa.
Education was a pillar in her life as she earned an Associate of Nursing, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Social Work. Ms. Brown also worked in higher education as an instructor at Labette Community College, Pittsburg State University and the University of Kansas. She loved to talk and learn with her students.
Sharon’s professional career boasts numerous positions and accolades. Her most rewarding positions were being the director of disability determination services for the state of Kansas and regional director of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. She participated in community services and organizations including the League of Women Voters, Church Women United, a mayor’s gang task force, Koch Crime Commission, the Court Appointed Special Advocate executive board, University of Kansas and Washburn University social work advisory council, Red Hat Society, Parsons Rotary, Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, God’s Leading Ladies, Pokeno Club and Parsons Area Community Foundation. Her lists of awards and recognition in work and community service is too long to print.
Sharon married Jack Brown Jr. on May 5, 1984, and divorced in 1996. To their union one child was born, Sheena. Sharon was most proud to be the mother of Sheena, who is a wonderful person and devoted mother to Sharon’s adorable grandchildren, London and Nathan.
Sharon loved to travel. She was frequently going on trips with her gal pals, visiting relatives and exploring new places with family. Her favorite trip was going to Washington, D.C., for the first inauguration of President Obama and getting to explain the importance of that historical day to her daughter and grandchildren. Sharon enjoyed her daily trips to the store with her Titter, her sister Debbie Robinson.
No matter where Sharon went, her guardian angel was present in the form of a cardinal. Redbirds visited her window when she was in the hospital recovering from second and third degree burns that covered her body from an accident when she was 5. When you see a redbird, know that Sharon is watching over you with love.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Betty Stewart. She is survived by her six siblings, Debbie Robinson (Eddie) of Parsons, Wilson Stewart Jr. (June) of Rock Island, Illinois, Jeffrey Stewart (Marelvy) of Las Angeles, Aaron Casserly-Stewart (Peter) of Sheffield, England, DeShawn Stewart (Simeon) of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Frankie Sokolt of Turkey. She leaves behind her daughter Sheena Jenkins and her husband, Jeff, of Enid, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren, London Koehn of Kansas City, Missouri, and Nathan Koehn of Lawrence.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church with pastors Sylvester Thompson and Gerald Holland officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.