Sharon Polk Lear, 64, passed away July 14, 2011, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center from complications due to Frontotemporal Dementia/Degeneration.
Born April 18, 1947, she grew up in Buck Hill, spent most of her adult life in Conicville, and most recently in Staunton. She was a daughter of the late Joseph (Bill) and Connie Funkhouser Polk.
She spent most of her years employed by the Shenandoah County School System (for over twenty years), where she found great joy working with children for many years before moving to the Central Office.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Lear of New Market; three children, Kevin Lear and wife Cara of Maurertown, Anissa Powers and husband Matt of Verona, and Joey Lear and wife Annette of Red Lion, Pennsylvania; sister, Gayle Wellard and husband Stanley of Woodstock; six grandchildren, Darden and Kerington Lear of Maurertown, Aiden and Marshall Powers of Verona, and Brian and Michael Lear of Red Lion, Pennsylvania; as well as an uncle, Shirley (Dan) and wife Gloria of Portsmouth; and aunt, Marguerite (Dyke) Tisinger of Woodstock; as well as a special “Yankee Cousin”, Mariellen (Mari) Ochs of Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania.
She deeply loved her children and grandchildren, as well as, reading and crosswords (anything to keep her mind busy, especially after her diagnosis with FTD), and catching up with old friends on Facebook.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 28, from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Woodstock with a Memorial service being held there Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. with her son Reverend Joey Lear and Reverend Lance Yost officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building #2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087, also online at www.theaftd.orgas she wished to help others affected by the disease, or Autism York, 2501 Catherine Street, Suite 11, York, Pennsylvania 17408. www.autismyork.org
Arrangements are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Mt. Jackson.