The Breeze-Courier (Taylorville, IL)
Sharon L. Harmon, 79, of Pana died Monday, March 7, 2011, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 13, 1931, in Pana , IL, the daughter of Waldo and Dorothy Lewis Harmon. Sharon was a graduate of Pana Township High School Class of 1949. She attended Monticello College, a two-year women’s college in Godfrey, IL and attained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Millikin University, Decatur, in 1956. She earned elementary teaching certificates for both Illinois and Missouri. Sharon taught in several schools including Granite City, the Chicago Public Schools, Witt, Cowden-Herrick, East St. Louis, Jefferson School and King Middle School in St. Louis. During her teaching years in St. Louis, she also had earned an Early Childhood Training Certificate from Harris Stowe State College. From 1994 to 2001, she was a substitute teacher at various sites in Christian, Shelby, Montgomery and Sangamon Counties. Even after her retirement in 2001, Sharon continued to substitute teach in this area.
Sharon was a member of DAR, United in Faith Church, formerly Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She had accepted Christ at an early age. She loved animals, especially cats. She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis football Cardinals when they were in St. Louis. Sharon especially enjoyed traveling and had traveled world wide.
Surviving are her nephews: Gregory K. Lane and wife Cheryl L . of Taylorville, IL, Dr. Robert H. Butts and wife Penny D. of Forsyth, IL, and Jonathan L . Butts and wife Kelly S. of Warrensburg, IL; and ten great-nieces and nephews: Matthew Lane, Mitchell Lane, both of Florida, Steven Lane, Taylorville, Nicholas Butts, Andrew Butts, Connor Butts, and Gavin Butts, all of Forsyth; Jonathan "Luke" Butts, Lake Forest, and Taylor Butts and Madison Butts, both of Warrensburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Marilyn Dorthea Butts on December 10, 2010 and Billie R. Harmon in 1987; and great-niece, Payton Michelle Butts on April 19, 2002.