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In Memory of

Sharon Gerdy

March 5, 1940 - January 7, 2018

Obituary


Sharon Ann Gerdy 1940-2018
Sharon Ann Gerdy slipped from this life into eternity on January 7, 2018, while holding the hand of her eternal companion, Don, and surrounded by her three daughters. She fought a 10-month battle with ovarian cancer and was a fighter until her death. Sharon was born March 5, 1940, in Boone, Iowa, to Ray Wright Hurley and Genevieve Ruth Canon with one sister, Mary, and one brother, James. As a girl Sharon loved music and sports; she played saxophone in the marching band and played basketball. She attended college at...

Sharon Ann Gerdy 1940-2018
Sharon Ann Gerdy slipped from this life into eternity on January 7, 2018, while holding the hand of her eternal companion, Don, and surrounded by her three daughters. She fought a 10-month battle with ovarian cancer and was a fighter until her death. Sharon was born March 5, 1940, in Boone, Iowa, to Ray Wright Hurley and Genevieve Ruth Canon with one sister, Mary, and one brother, James. As a girl Sharon loved music and sports; she played saxophone in the marching band and played basketball. She attended college at Drake University in Iowa where she obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in music education. Early in her freshman year, she went to a Parrish youth meeting after a family reunion and got caught in a rain storm arriving "looking like a drowned rat." There she met Don Gerdy. Upon his return home that night, Don told his roommate, who knew Sharon from high school, that he intended to ask her out; he was told he would never get a date. Don responded, "I'd better, because I'm going to marry her." He did, four years later, just after her graduation on June 22, 1962. (They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.) Sharon started her teaching career in Albert City, Iowa, and continued in Michigan while Don was in graduate school. They moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1968, where they lived until retirement in 2002, where she gave birth to three daughters, and where the family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 1983. During that time, Sharon taught music for more than 30 years and touched the lives of thousands of students, particularly in the inner-city Denver schools, with the power and beauty of music. After retirement, Don and Sharon moved to Sandy, Utah to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren, and Sharon continued to touch others with music. She was a volunteer music teacher at Sandy elementary from the time her first grandson started kindergarten until the last year of her life. Sharon was the consummate cheerleader for her daughters, her son-in-law, her three grandchildren, and for countless friends and neighbors throughout the years. She never missed a concert, a track meet, a basketball game, a Court of Honor, or a recital. In fact, during her last month of life she attended two concerts at the LDS Conference Center where her oldest daughter performed, viewed high school, middle school, and elementary choir concerts via FaceTime, and attended Grandparents Day at Sandy Elementary. Warm and caring, Sharon had a way of uplifting and engaging others. Whether it was her daughters' childhood friends, the neighbors, the ladies at Highland Care Center who filled her last months with friendship, or countless others, people always knew that Sharon cared about them individually. Never one to complain about her own problems but ready to listen and offer support, visitors always felt better after a talk with her. Sharon is survived by her husband of 55 years, Don; her children Kristin, Cheryl, and Diane (Kyle Iman), her three beloved grandchildren, Abram, Matthew, and Hannah, her sister, Mary O'Boyle, and her brother, James Hurley (Janet). The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Huntsman Cancer Institute for their care during Sharon's extended illness. There are not words to express our gratitude to the administration, staff, and residents at Highland Care Center in Holladay for the care, love, concern, and friendship that they gave Sharon and all of us over the past 8 months. They are truly angels on earth. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, January 12, 2018, from 6:00-8:30 at the church located at 235 E. 9800 South (Sego Lily), Sandy, Utah. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation held from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m., at the same church. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive, SLC, UT 84106.