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
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