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SHARRON ANNE PERTSON (published on August 30, 2008)

SHARRON ANNE PERTSON November 6, 1948 August 26, 2008 It is with profound sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Sharron Anne Pertson (nee Willis) after a long and courageous journey with cancer. Sharron was predeceased by her mother Marion and her father Stanley Foch Willis. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Bill; son Jason and wife, Faye; step-daughter Lisa and husband Henry; sister Sheila and husband Wayne; brother Joe and wife Caroline; sister Cheryl; and sister Charlene and husband David; along with many nieces and nephews she loved dearly. Sharron was born and raised in Gladstone, MB and attended Brandon Teacher's College upon graduating from high school wherein she completed her teacher's certificate. Sharron taught school in Plumas, Gladstone, and Lundar, MB. Sharron and Bill met in Lundar after he was posted there with the RCMP. After they were married they lived in Ottawa, ON; Swift Current, SK; Prince Rupert, BC; Vernon, BC; Yorkton, SK; and finally in Dauphin, MB. Sharron gave up her teaching career to raise her children and was quite proud of her second career as a domestic engineer . Sharron was vibrant, intellectual, fierce in her love for those she loved, and honest. She loved to laugh, a laugh that was infectious; and when she did it came from her whole heart. She was always on the move, interested in people, and she made many friends wherever she went. She loved to learn and to discuss all the current happenings in the world. A perfectionist by nature, whatever she turned her hand to she did it well. She was a person who challenged tasks head on and made everything look so easy. At this time our family wishes to acknowledge and thank Doctor Eva Berman-Wong of Gladstone; the staff of Cancer Care in Winnipeg, in particular Doctors Maksymiuk and Ahmed; the staff of the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg (her home away from home); and especially the staff of the Dauphin Regional Health Center: in particular, Doctors Monkman, Penrose and Mathieson, as well as all of the nurses and staff of the Palliative Care 2nd floor. We treasure the love, compassion and friendship shown to Sharron during her journey. In lieu of a funeral, as per her wishes, an informal celebration of Sharron's life will be held at The Dauphin United Church in Dauphin, MB. on Saturday, August 30, 2008 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you make a donation in Sharron's name to the Cancer Care Foundation in Winnipeg. FOOTPRINTS One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along a beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me. The Lord replied, My precious, precious child. I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you. Some people come into our lives and quickly go... Some people stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts.... And we are never, ever the same. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services 1-204-638-4110

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