We dont go to God as a way to ignore our
pain. We go there to give Him our pain,
that we might soften around it as we relax
into our trust in Him. We then become bigger
than the pain and thus able to absorb it.
by: Marianne Williamson
(Mom's Obituary, written by me)Pauline Burnham Sharp, age 80, passed on Feb 21, 2015 in St George Utah with many of the 4 generations of her family surrounding her in love. Pauline was born in Washington DC to Paul Franklin Burnham and Ida Schofield Burnham on April 19th 1934. She married Joseph C Sharp in the Salt Lake temple on June 7th, 1956, after having completed her nursing degree at the University of Utah.
She lived in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, Northern California and Utah, all places of which she enjoyed and made a better place for having been there. She enjoyed the adventure of exploring, walking, traveling and to take any willing child, grandchild or great grandchild in tow with her…all of whom had a hard time keeping up with her along the way.
‘Volunteer’ should have been her middle name.
“How can I help” -her most common mantra.
Pauline was creative, selfless and an untiring example of service. Her greatest joys were found in her family and in service to others, whether it be in the temple or holding the hand of a neighbor or sitting quietly knitting the countless warm hats, scarves and sweaters for the needy. People from Russia to Korea to St George, Utah benefited from her talented hands and needles. She was generous beyond description and wouldn’t hesitate to literally give someone in need the very shirt off her back.
She loved to learn new things…and could whoop most anyone at Jeopardy. Pauline truly enjoyed new ventures as she traveled the world with her good husband and her family. It was especially sweet for her if she could do humanitarian work along the way.
Pauline practiced what she preached as she nursed, toiled and searched for ways to help others. She served often and faithfully as a Relief Society president 5 separate times and as Young Woman’s President 3 separate times both in California and in Utah.
Pauline is survived by her husband Joe and her 2 children, Cindy Sharp Stephenson and her husband W Robert Stephenson who are currently residing in Logan Utah and her son Joseph Clemensen Sharp and his wife Debbie Filler Sharp living in Highland Utah, and her 8 grandchildren and their families, Robert John Stephenson, Joseph Val Stephenson, Anna Christine Stephenson Sherwood, Clark Vernon Stephenson, Brian Romney Stephenson , Joshua Joseph Sharp, Meagan Melissa Sharp, and Amber Alyse Sharp. She found great joy and pride in her 12 great grandchildren as well.
In lue of flowers please feel free to make a humanitarian donation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.