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OBIT: Sharon E. Whitney

Sharon E. Whitney, 77, of Mason City, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Sharon E. Whitney, 77, of Mason City, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A Celebration of Sharon’s life will be held Monday, January 30, 2023 at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm with a prayer service to follow. Inurnment will be held at a future date at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.

A lifelong resident of Mason City, Sharon Elaine was born on June 16, 1945 to Elmer and Ada (Newell) Grant. She attended and graduated from Mason City High School and attended Hamilton business College. In her younger years Sharon spent countless hours with her aunt, Jessie Grant, where she developed a love for gardening and cooking.

On June 1, 1964 she was united in marriage to Richard Whitney in Mason City. Together they were the proud parents of four children, Rick, Molly, Angie, and Bob. Summer months were spent at East Park where she and the kids enjoyed feeding the ducks and visiting the deer. In the winter she loved to take them around town to see Christmas lights.

Many will remember Sharon for her kindness and thoughtfulness; traits which served her well as she operated her in home daycare for 17 years. She adored her daycare children and always loved visiting with their parents in the mornings and evenings. She also worked for many years at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake as support staff to the residents.

In earlier years Sharon enjoyed time spent at Grace Methodist and First Baptist churches where she volunteered in the kitchen and played the organ. She was a talented baker and enjoyed decorating cakes and cookies. Sharon was always a people person; she cherished time spent with good friends and some of her favorites were having coffee with the gang at McDonalds and playing cards with the neighbors. She also enjoyed trips to Branson, MO.

Those grateful in sharing in her life are her husband of 58 years, Richard Whitney; children, Rick (Kay) Whitney, Rockwell, Angie (Jason) Wirth, Ellsworth, and Robert (Jackie) Whitney, Jewell; ten beloved grandchildren; and her extended family and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in infancy, Molly; grandson, Nicholas Whitney; brother, Jim Grant; and her beloved aunt, Jessie Grant.

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