Sharon Kay Roberts Linford passed away peacefully in her home on January 6th, 2020. She was born August 30, 1936 in Rock Springs Wyoming, to goodly parents, Floyd Lester Roberts and Helen Sarah Kelley Roberts. When she was a young girl her parents moved her to Cokeville, Wyoming, so Floyd could run the telephone office there. He later became the owner of the Bear River Mercantile store and their family became prominent members of the little town, with Floyd also serving as mayor.
Sharon married her high school sweetheart in September of 1954, four days after turning 18. They moved to a small ranch in Raymond, Idaho where Jon had grown up and they made their home there for 32 years. Sharon was a lover of all things beautiful and was a creative and talented decorator. She went out of her way to make her home a lovely place to be for her family and could often be found doing a project like wallpapering or painting something. She was also a very domestic person and became skilled at baking and cooking.
It took Jon and Sharon five long years to bring their first child into the world, but in July of 1959 they gave birth to their son, Jon Floyd, then in February of 1965 another son, Jay Thomas followed. Their caboose was Melissa Kay born in June of 1968. Sharon was a mom first and everything else was secondary. She created a beautiful home, beautiful memories, and had great love from each of her children and her dear husband.
Sharon joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after taking the missionary discussions in her twenties. She had a powerful witness of the truthfulness of what she was being taught and became a very active member, activating Jon as well. They were sealed to their children in the Logan, Utah temple in 1975. Sharon served in many church callings over the years and used her great love and talent for music in many of these. She was a very skilled piano player and she accompanied numerous singers all over the valley. She sang in and led choirs and spent years teaching music in the primary.
Sharon and Jon moved back to Cokeville in 1986 and were very happy there until the death of Jon in 2003. At that time Sharon moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah to live with her daughter Melissa. This was a gut-wrenching move for her as she mourned the loss of her beloved Jon every single day. However, she quickly made friends, settled in, and enjoyed her grandkids in her new life. Her last move was to live with her son Jon and his wife Evelyn, going between Riverton, Utah, and Rexburg, Idaho. True to form, she always made the best of her situation, embraced her new homes and had dozens of new friends in both Pleasant Grove, and Rexburg. In her later life, she visited Hawaii, Paris, and Italy with her family. She spent her days surrounded by her adoring children, 5 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as that is what always made her happiest. Sharon was full of life, fun and funny, loving and giving, determined, with a fighting spirit. Her presence was huge in the lives of her posterity and she will be sorely missed. There are lives to be honored and Sharon Linford lived one of those. We are forever grateful for the lessons she taught, the stories she told and the great example she set for us. We love you, mama.
Sharon is proceeded in death by her husband Jon, her son Jay and her great-granddaughter, Ellie. She is survived by a son (Jon Floyd, married to Evelyn), a daughter,(Melissa), five grandchildren (Sharon Anne, married to Bobby, Jon Robert, Thomas, J.C, married to Sara, and Maggie) and four great-grandchildren (Olivia, Lydia, Ian and Amelie).
Funeral services will be held January 11, 2020 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Cokeville 1st Ward Chapel at 1:00 pm. A viewing will be held from 11:30am - 12:45pm prior to services. Interment will be in the Cokeville Cemetery following services.
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