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Sharon Marie Mitchell

July 7, 1954 - January 12, 2018

Sharon Marie Blunk was born on July 7, 1954 in Grand Junction, Colorado to Robert Lee Blunk and Bonnie Marie Blunk (maiden name Hubbs).  Sharon grew up in Grand Junction where she attended Holy Family School, Grand Junction Junior High School, Grand Junction High School, and Mesa State College.  Sharon and Lee Mitchell married in January of 1973.  They raised their two children, Alissa and Neil, and oversaw a very successful construction company.  After many years in her home town, Sharon moved to the Denver area in 1987 with her two kids.  Sharon clerked for a few years at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden but quickly moved on to work as a paralegal for various law firms in Denver.  Having always loved to sew, Sharon took up quilting in 2003.  In the summer of 2006, Sharon married her longtime friend Cecil Shuping and moved to Wichita, Kansas.  She continued to work as a paralegal in Wichita and explore her new town and state.  After 8 years, Sharon moved back to the Denver area to be close to her kids.  The day after she moved home, Alissa informed her she would be a grandma.  She was elated.  Sharon now had a new primary focus and pleasure, that of being “Geema” to her beautiful granddaughter Addy.  Two years later she was thrilled to become “Geema” a second time around with the arrival of her grandson Evan.  Sharon remained an avid and very talented quilter and had a special love for animals, especially big dogs.  
Sharon unexpectedly passed away the afternoon of Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 63.  She is survived by her loving family and friends including her son, Neil Carl Mitchell; her daughter, Alissa Mitchell Schuessler; her son-in-law Erik Karl Schuessler; her two grandchildren, Addison Heidi Schuessler (age 2) and Evan Mitchell Schuessler (age 5 months); her brother, Gary Blunk; her sister-in-law Paula Blunk; her uncle Jimmy Hubbs; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, a nephew, and great nieces and nephews.  Sharon also remained close to her ex-husbands Lee Mitchell and Cecil Shuping.  Sharon will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following charities in Sharon’s honor:
Foothills Animal Shelter
Freedom Service Dogs


17 Responses

  1. Barbara Samudovsky says:

    My cousin Sharon is/was a beautiful person, both inside and out. I will always remember her lovely smile and twinkling eyes. I loved listening to her thoughts on many things, I distinctly remember a conversation about music and bands. Sharon was completely enthralled by two bands at one time. Bread and The Moody Blues. I remember her playing the albums and commenting on the lyrics. It brings a smile to my face! That was the summer we visited Grand Junction and Aunt Bonnie had to figure out how to house my mom, dad and us five kids too! I love/loved Uncle Bob, Aunt Bonnie, and Sharon deeply! My thoughts and prayers are with cousin Gary and all of Sharon’s loved ones.

  2. Lucie Shelofsky says:

    Sharon moved in to the house on the corner in the mid sixties. We played nonstop until we were too old to play anymore. We were candy stripers at St. Mary’s hospital, took her dog for walks by the canal, painted the side of an abandoned shed in honor of her dead cat (we got in trouble), and had many high school adventures. I am so sad that she is gone. She was an important part of growing up in Grand Junction.

  3. Julie Brown says:

    Sharon was a wonderful lady. So much fun and just a joy. Alissa and Neil – as well as her dearest friends and family – you are all in the prayers of many folks who care for you. This a loss that is untimely and just won’t be filled except with God’s grace and peace.

  4. Dorothy Burleigh Espe says:

    Every July 7th I remember that it’s Sharon’s Birthday – think about calling but don’t. How is it possible that now I can’t? So sad for her family & friends. Sharon was a gentle, good person. I admired her determination. She will be missed.

  5. Bruce and Sherry Wyatt says:

    Alissa and Neil, We are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Sharon was wonderful to work with and always cheerful and exceptionally professional. She will be in our prayers and thoughts. We’re happy that she was able to enjoy her family and grandchildren. Love, Bruce and Sherry.

  6. Mary Jo Marasco says:

    I am so very, very sad to hear about Sharon! Even though we saw each other only rarely as adults, she has a special place in my heart as a dear, dear childhood friend. She was always so kind, as were her sweet parents, and I feel blessed to have known her through my grade school and high school years. Always positive, always a joy–I will always have fond memories. My deepest condolences go out to her children and grandchildren who will miss her with all their hearts.

  7. Sandra Patton Warren says:

    I am so sorry for your lost. I met Sharon at Grand JCT Jr High School. I really enjoyed her company. Such a sweet soul to me. Gone too soon!

  8. Cousin Kim M (Blunk) Horne says:

    This breaks my heart !!! We grew up doing yearly camping trips up on the Frying Pan in Colorado. I have so many good memories of our trips and family fun. We are so devastated!!! My heart goes out to her children and grand children as we as her brother…my cousin Gary. Prayers to you all as well as all of us who lost a wonderful person. I haven’t seen sharon in many years. Life gets in the way as we all had our own familys and moved around the globe. We love you Sharon and you will always be in our hearts!!!

    Kim (Cousin)

  9. Dianne Secord says:

    Sharon was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have been related to her. I cherish the time we had together as kids on the family camping trips, I wish I had spent more time with her when we became adults.

    I know you will miss her deeply. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Uncle Jim Hubbs says:

    I was never so shocked when Gary called and told me about Sharon passing. I was standing up and just fell into a chair, it was a good thing the chair was there or I would
    have fell in the floor! I sat and cried like a baby. I could not help it! I wake up at night thinking it was a nightmare. [ LORD HOW I WISH IT WAS! ]

  11. Patti Clouse says:

    Sharon was one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. She is going to be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of us cousins camping and picnicking together as kids. As the years went on I didn’t get to see Sharon as often as I would have liked, but each time we got together it was special. I did get to have lunch with her about a year and a half ago and we caught up on what was going on with each other.

    Sharon was a special lady and I will cherish my memories of her in my heart forever.

    Alissa and Neil, may God bless you and your families and be with you through all of this.

    Love you!

  12. Jon & Rosie Nicholls says:

    She filled out hearts with gladness, that’s what she did.

  13. Janet Reddington says:

    I was shocked and extremely sad that your Mom Sharon passed away so unexpectedly. She was one of my very favorite people. I remember when she was born and the day she brought such joy to her mom and dad. She was a wonderful, bright charming child and grew to be everything that her folks wished her to be. I will forever miss her sweet smile and personality. Blessings to her family.

  14. Carol Valentine says:

    I know the pain you are experiencing at this time. My heart aches for you and the hole I know you feel in your heart right now. After a while you will be able to have memories come to you without tears. For now, let the tears flow. I know your mother was special, because you are.
    My love and aloha go out to you.
    Carol Valentine (Shelley’s mom)

  15. Joan Keane & Paul Quinn says:

    We are stunned and so saddened by the death of your amazing mom. Sharon was such a full-of-life, honest, fun-loving, hard-working, and oh-so-loving mother and friend. All of our lives are diminished by her loss.
    Alissa and Neil, you are in our hearts. We are richer for having known her and will miss the light that she brought to our lives. Please know that we are here for you if you need anything and that your mom was a blessing to us – and to everyone who knew her.

  16. Sheri Betzer says:

    My heart breaks for you, Alissa and Neil. So many of us were fortunate to have Sharon as part of our lives. Many of us enjoyed hundreds of moments of laughing, crying and everything in between for 50 years. Sharon was my art festival and parade of homes buddy. There aren’t enough words to describe her charm, humor and beauty of the heart. She leaves a void in this world, and with all of us. May God bless you with all the strength you need to get through this difficult time. All my love, Sheri

    • Uncle Jim Hubbs says:

      When Gary called and told me I was standing up and I fell into a chair, if the chair had not been there I would have fell in the floor. I had been over to see her about a week before, and see was fine. We had a real good time together. I loved her dearly
      L would wake up at night thinking it was a nightmare

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