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Sharp, Marilyn Joyce

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September 7, 1942 - September 30, 2019

Sharp, Marilyn Joyce

Marilyn Joyce Sharp, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, after a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  She was born on September 7, 1942 in Hayward, California, to Zelo and Pauline Sharp (Wilson). Marilyn was raised in Fresno, California, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. She later attended Fresno City College.  She worked at the I.R.S. for 27 years and made many great friends there. In 2006 she moved to Forney, Texas. Marilyn enjoyed her retirement with a mixture of leisure and adventures to sporting events, concerts and travel.  She especially loved celebrating her 70th birthday at Graceland, and her 75th in Destin, Florida.

Marilyn loved NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.  She was thrilled when she met him at Texas Motor Speedway. She was also a big fan of the Oakland Raiders and Fresno State Football. No singer ever won her heart as much as Elvis Presley.

Marilyn was an amazing, strong, kind and loving woman. She was the greatest mom her children could ever have been blessed to have.  When her sister/best friend, Janice Saulters passed away, Marilyn took guardianship of her niece Christine, who had Down Syndrome.  She raised her with love and compassion.  Marilyn was a single mom for many years, and her children always came first.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her son, Charlie.  She is survived by her daughter’s Sherri Thornhill, Joyce Preston and son Chad Thornhill, as well as her daughter-in-law, Michele Hawthorne and son-in-law, Brad Preston. Grandchildren, Jeremy Hill, Mercedes and Meryah Preston. Sister, Carol Prestriedge.  Many other loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Her spirit was always strong, and will always be with those who loved her.

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“When I count my blessings, I count you twice.”                                                ~Irish Blessing

Memories In The Heart

Feel no guilt in laughter, she knows how much you care.

Feel no sorrow in a smile that she’s not there to share.

You cannot grieve forever, she would not want you to.

She’d hope that you can carry on, the way you always do.

So talk about the good times and the ways you show you care,

The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.

Let the memories surround you.

A word someone may say,

Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day –

That brings her back as clearly as though she were still here

And fills you with the feeling that she is always near.

For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart.

And she will live forever locked safe within your heart.




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Angelina Martinez

October 10, 2019 6:11PM

I was s good friend of Marilyns with Cecelia. We started together at the IRS. She was such a awesome person with a beautiful spirit. Prayers for the family for comfort. God Bless.

Joyce Preston

October 09, 2019 6:48PM

Mom I love you and miss you.💜 I wish I could have seen you one more time before God took you home. Save a place for me. 💜😇😭😭😭

Estelle Brothers

October 09, 2019 6:33PM

Marilyn was a remarkable woman. I spent one afternoon with her at the hospital. I didn't know her well before going to visit with her but when I left we were "old friends". It felt like we had known each other for years.
She had such great compassionate and caring heart. She had so much love for family and friends.

I regret not having gotten to spend more time with her. Such an amazing woman. She will be greatly missed.

Stephanie Dettmer

October 09, 2019 11:20AM

I'm so grateful that I was able to be apart of Marilyn's life, and so grateful she was apart of mine. She showed me what a truly strong woman looks life. She was loving, fun and compassionate. My family, Annalyn, Nate and I will miss her terribly. We take peace in the fact that as much as she was loved on this side, she is now on the other side with so many loved ones that I'm sure she's been missing too. Love Always and Forever.