On November 27th, my wonderful, wonderful wife went to heaven. I held Sharon until she took her last breath. We prayed surrounded by loved ones, and cried, it was both the worst moment and the most beautiful moment of my life. Sharon's father had died when she was young; she was excited for the coming reunion.
My beautiful wife was born on December 23, 1961 to Bill and JoAnn (Lowrey) Good in Hobbs, N.M. where she spent her childhood. After moving to Lubbock, Texas she married Paul Cobb and had two sons: Trey Owen and Chad Michael. She moved to Menominee, Mich. after their divorce. Sharon and I met via the internet and e-mailed for a few months before I heard her voice. She was obviously from Down South, I almost needed a translator. On our first date she told me we would end up married (I believed that was based on the fact that I could cook). Who could have known that the best 15 years of my life would begin at that exact moment? We were married on August 31, 2001 in Menominee. We loved travel/camping in our motorhome, always did a yearly cruise, and were equally happy just hanging together at home. My wife's hobby was clothing and shoes. She was a master of resale shopping, carefully searching, and spending hours to find those very special pieces. She had a knack for assembling those pieces into great outfits. In business situations she prided herself in being the best dressed person in the room. Any time we traveled; she carefully researched and mapped her resale shop adventure. I carefully assembled books to read while I waited for her. She taught me patience.
Sharon had one huge flaw, a speech impediment; she was unable to ask for ice. With her southern drawl the word ice sounded to us Yankees like Ass. I would be trying so hard not laugh as she would say, "frozen water cubes" and the waiter/clerk would get this enlightened look on their face. Oh, you want ice!! These events always ended with her punching my shoulder. Sharon wore many hats in her work career. She went to school later in life, graduating in 1993, from Texas Tech with an Elementary Teaching Degree, she taught in Texas until her move to Menominee. In Menominee she became the Menominee County Juvenile Officer; who knew that job was another best moment in our lives. One of the fifteen year old delinquents she had to put in Out of Home Placement would fifteen years later be someone we would consider our daughter, Bobbie Jo, and be Godparents to her children. While acting as county juvenile officer she also attended and received her Master's Degree in Adaptive Education from St. Norbert's College. She became a Certified Mediator and was also an Adjunct Professor for UW Green Bay; helping many UW students gain real world experience in the world of Juvenile Justice. She moved from the Court System to a new career as director of Business Development for Goodwill Industries, spent a couple of years there and then was recruited by Bay Area Medical Center as a Marketing Specialist. Two years later she was recruited by the University of Wisconsin Marinette as Director of Continuing Education, developing many programs. This also gave her a new direction developing programming to train Naval Engineers/Architects working building naval ships, specifically, Litoral Combat Ships. Her daily ability to work was interrupted by our November 2011 diagnosis of lung cancer followed by a major surgery, chemo, and radiation. Sharon had never smoked.
So, typical Sharon, she put together and delivered a lung cancer awareness seminar at UW Marinette sponsored by Bay Area Medical Center. Last year continuing in the shipbuilding direction she was elected Vice chairperson for the Naval Shipbuilding Research Project (NSRP) based in Annapolis, Maryland, this position involved mostly computer work which could be done from home. Sharon was a natural born mentor. She had a knack for inspiring people to do better. Her belief was not to make it easy but in helping you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, by getting you to use your God given talents. She was highly skilled and very successful in developing programs from the ground up whether an elementary reading program or training Naval Engineers to build better ships. Sharon hated inefficient unnecessary meetings, bosses with too many big ideas, no follow through and who thought autonomous meant micromanagement. She was a member of the Marinette Elks and the Kiwanis.
Sharon will be sadly missed by her husband, William; her mother, JoAnn and Billy Cramer of Larue, Texas; her sons: Trey Owen Cobb and Chad Michael Cobb, both of Lubbock, Texas; her sister, LeAnn Cecil of Menominee; her dog, Bandit; two cats: Abigail and Donald Driver Huntley; and the birds she fed every day. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill.
Friends may call on Wednesday, December 4th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Thielen Funeral Home Marinette. Funeral Services will be held at 5 p.m. with Rev. Keith Kolstad officiating.
One unexpected gift she's given me as I'm writing this, is that I keep coming upon leaves she pressed between the pages of my legal pad.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the lungcanceralliance.org.