Aug. 25, 1952 - April 4, 2012
Sharon Lee Osborn lost her year-long battle with cancer at the age of 59 on April 5, 2012. Sharon was born in Walla Walla on Aug. 25, 1952. Her parents, Chuck and Evlyn Simon, moved to Seattle in 1960 and then to Portland, where Sharon finished grade school. Sharon completed a high school degree at Grant High School in Portland and went immediately to college in Ashland at the University of Oregon, majoring in English literature. During her college days her parents returned to Walla Walla, where she rejoined them, working at various positions in her father's restaurants. It was shortly after her return to Walla Walla that her love of dogs and cats consumed her spare time, while getting deeply involved in the rescue of abandoned dogs and cats, strays and the control of feral and overpopulated areas of cats, all the while nurturing her love of her own Borzois.
Sharon spent numerous days volunteering for the Humane Society, various people in need, the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department Animal Control Division, both of which awarded her a Citation of Meritorious Service. Her almost lifelong dedication to her Borzois was well known to A.K.C., the Gazehound List, Walla Walla Kennel Club and a number of Regional Borzoi clubs. Her best known efforts for Borzois were through the Borzoi Rescue Club, which donates many, many hours, days and now years to the specific objective of seeing no Borzoi homeless.
Sharon's motto was always "I'm in it for the dogs."
Sharon is survived by her parents, Charles and Evlyn Simon; many friends; three of her beloved Borzoi; and her husband of 24 years, Ross Osborn.