Wilma Sharpe


Wilma Sharpe
Feb. 4, 1927 - March 4, 2012

Wilma Sharpe of Walla Walla, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away March 4, 2012, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

She was born in Tupelo, Okla., on Feb. 4, 1927, to Hiram and Zelma Turner and was the second of five children. She graduated from Grand Coulee High School in Grand Coulee, Wash. She then attended Kinman Business College in Spokane. While attending college, friends introduced her to Gilbert Sharpe from Pomeroy. They were married June 10, 1950, and resided in Pomeroy. She worked for the Conservation Office and Pomeroy Memorial Hospital. In 1967 the family moved to Waitsburg. She began work at the Waitsburg American West Bank branch and was Operations Supervisor upon her retirement in 1987. In 2007, Gil and Wilma moved to the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla.

She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking and family gatherings. She was also active in several community organizations and enjoyed learning more about computers. She participated in Bible study fellowship in Walla Walla was a member of the Waitsburg Central Christian Church. In August of 2010, she and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a very special family gathering in Walla Walla.

She is survived by two brothers, Leon Turner of Henderson, Nev., and Joe Turner of Green Valley, Ariz.; her husband, Gilbert of Walla Walla; daughters, Susan (Joe) Ledbetter of Walla Walla, Patricia (Tim) Olson of Missoula, Mont.; son, Michael Sharpe of Portland; grandchildren, Crystal Ledbetter of Las Vegas, Nev., and Chareese Ledbetter of Walla Walla, Sarah and spouse Tyler Kitzan of Palmer, Alaska, and Garrett Olson of Missoula, Mont. She was preceded in death by her parents; her only sister, Onita Beckstead; and older brother, Neal Turner.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Waitsburg Central Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Aid Center in Walla Walla, or a charity of choice.


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