Sharon Darlene Williams

Born: Tue., May 21, 1946
Died: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

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Sharon Darlene Williams

Sharon D. Williams, 71, lifelong resident of Hibbing died Thursday, August 10, 2017 at home in Hibbing.  She was born on May 21, 1946 to Simon Williams and Mary Jane (Turner) (later Patterson) in Cass Lake, MN.  By the age of 2 years, Sharon was adopted by Charles Vernon “Vern” Patterson, husband to Mary Jane and adoptive father to Sharon and her sister Patricia.  The family settled in a neighborhood of Hibbing, MN.  Sharon Patterson attended primary and secondary school in Hibbing.  She excelled at academics and singing.  She sang in many high school musicals.  Sharon earned two Associate of Art degrees after graduating from high school.  Sharon married George Gross in January of 1965.  The couple had three children; Lisa, Kenneth, and Matthew Gross.  George worked in Hibbing mining while Sharon was a stay at home mother.  They divorced after 10 years of marriage.  Homemaking was not her strong suit.  Sharon was employed as a counselor, employment coach for AEOA Workforce Center in Hibbing, she also was a longtime PCA, and was previously employed at MDI in Hibbing.  She was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwa.  She loved her friends, adventures, and storytelling.  Sharon loved listening to music, especially Elvis Presley.   She enjoyed shopping, drawing, coloring, singing, animals, and reading as some of her favorite pastimes.  But, her favorite pastime was her dog, Laney, whom she loved very much.  She travelled the Iron Range and parts of Canada.  Sharon made her home available to her children in later years, and lived at her son Matthew’s home at times in the closing years of her life.  
Sharon passed away after a several month battle with lung cancer and a much lengthier battle with type II Diabetes.  She is remembered and survived by her three children, Lisa Gross, Roseville, MN, Ken (Ann) Gross, Stillwater, MN, and Matt (Susan) Gross, Hibbing, four grandchildren, Adrienne Gross, Stillwater, MN, Ellen Gross Stillwater, MN, Lizzy Gross, Hibbing, MN, and Gio Angelo, Hibbing, MN, many nieces and nephews, and many devoted friends and co-workers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Patricia Jerde.
Per Sharon’s request, there will be services held for her at a later date.  Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.  
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samson longtin
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017
When I first started at AEOA a little over a year ago, I met Sharon. I immediately noticed hoe she looked at people, like they counted. She took the time to mentor me in the ways of the job, and sat and talked with me. She shared stories with me, making herself vulnerable just to make me feel comfortable. In turn I too opened up, it was a good experience I will never forget. I was working with the Equity program, which is built to dispel racial disparities, she was a fighter of that fight as well. We went out for lunch as well, and I got to see how much of a sense of humor she had as well. She has touched many lives, we should all tell stories of her whenever we can, so we can make sure she contitnues to smile down on us, knowing we have become better humans due in part to the beautiful interactions we were so lucky to have with her. R.I.P. Sharon, prayers of strength for the family grieving as well.

Cindy Slater
   Posted Mon August 21, 2017
I will always remember Sharon laughing at me. She asked where I come up with the things I do....however; she had a great sense of humor of her own.

I gave her a red neck tank top that I made. Perhaps you will find it. She laughed and laughed. It was made from men's white underwear!

Rest with the angels Sharon.

Bob Hocking
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
I worked many years with Sharon at the MN Workforce Center in Hibbing with AEOA and, during that time,I had a lot of interesting discussions with her. We talked about everything and anything! She greatly added her wisdom and unique view of the world to everyone she came in contact with at the MN WFC. We were worlds apart,at times, but always shared a common belief of helping those in need and promoting the importance of the arts. Sharon struggled at times with her health issues, but always kept her eye on the beauty of this world. She has now experienced the "Great Change" and a part of my Heart goes with her. Our "Hill of Three Waters" journey changed my life forever and bonded us all together as human beings!

Ginger Romosz
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
I was only lucky enough to spend time with Sharon on a few occasions because of the distance between us. All we did was laugh. If a person needed wild rice she was the go to person. Rest in Peace Sharon, thanks for all you did during your time with AEOA.

Margaret Benner
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
My sincere condolences to Matt Gross and family. I've known Sharon and Matt for many, many years. Sharon also lived with me when I owned the house in Embarrass, she is like a sister to me and I will miss her very much. We shared alot of things together that I'll treasure for the rest of my life. Sharon was a very hard worker and a loyal friend, I will miss her. Give Matt a big hug for me and if I can do anything to help yous, don't hesitate to give me a call 218-290-8472.

Beth Peterson
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
MY heart goes out to Sharon's family during this time of transition. I really appreciated her ability to reach out to others and her willingness to challenge people on their beliefs to grow as people. Sharon had a wonderful smile and will be missed.

Terri Ferris
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
I am o sorry to hear of the passing of Sharon. I was lucky enough to work with Sharon at both the Virginia and Hibbing Workforce Centers. She was so kind and compassionate. I loved to talk to her on particularly stressful days in order to take advantage of her calming nature. I was happy for her, but so sad to see her retire. My prayers go out to her family.

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