I didn't know Sharon extremely well, mostly through my sister and her being a neighbor to my high school girlfriend. However, this story takes place years after high school, when I encountered her randomly at a tattoo shop in 2009. My mother had recently passed away, and I was there to commemorate her with a tattoo of a photograph of us holding hands. I was nervous, still extremely sad, and just plain miserable. I walked in with money and a picture with hope this would somehow make me feel better. Out of the corner of my eye I notice a beautiful little blonde girl. Bright smile on her face as she excitedly waited her turn for a tattoo. I took a second look, as any guy with half a pulse would! It was Sharon - a beauty from my high school days... I wound up talking with her and Kelly for a while about tattoos, what we have been up to, and my mom. I recall her demeanor change from bubbly to sincerely caring and empathetic. She spoke to me in a way that not only calmed me about my tattoo, but also made me smile. I hadn't in months. She had a great effect on me that day...not only for her beautiful words and soul, but for the big picture. ..that there are good people out there that care even if the tragedy doesn't directly influence their world. So for that I thank you, and I admit crying freely when I heard the news of her passing. The world misses you, but angels need to be in heaven, sometimes much sooner then anyone would like.
From Ken Natanel
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This blog was created by Donna Gath Criswell, Sharon's mom. This space is for sharing stories or telling us about Sharon in order to keep the life of this amazing young woman alive. I thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.