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Obituary for Sharon Roark Wilson
Sharon Kay Roark Wilson was born October 20, 1936, in Boise, Idaho and passed away November 26, 2022, in Bossier City, Louisiana with her husband and family members by her side.
She grew up in Ontario, Oregon where she helped her parents garden, rode horses, and was involved in extracurricular activities and service organizations. She was Honored Queen of Job's Daughters, President of the Girls’ League, and a cheerleader and volleyball player at Ontario High School. Upon graduation, she received a full scholarship to Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon where she became a Registered Nurse. After that, she earned a Bachelor’s in nursing at Portland State University and later graduated from the University of Oregon Graduate Nursing Program with a major in nursing education and supervision.
Sharon married Dr. Arthur Wilson, Jr. in 1957 and they welcomed three children and moved to Ketchikan, Alaska in the early 1960s. She served on the Alaska State Board of Nursing for four years and worked as a nurse and later as the administrator of the Wilson Medical Clinic for over 30 years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, shrimping, crabbing, and hunting with her family, taught Sunday School, led Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops, was a member of P.E.O., and volunteered for the Ketchikan Hospital Auxiliary and other community organizations. She was a gourmet cook who always warmly welcomed extended family, friends, and her children’s friends into their loving home. After retirement, Sharon and Art lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, in Lyle, Washington, and in Boise, Idaho.
Sharon loved her family with all her heart and was an incredibly giving, faithful, kind, and devoted daughter, wife, mother, and friend. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her and shared common sense, sage advice, and hospitality with others every day. She was a Christian who believed in life everlasting through God and Christ and her family knows they will see her again in Heaven.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Dorothy Roark, and her in-laws, Arthur and Dagmar Wilson. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of over 65 years, Dr. Arthur Wilson, Jr., her children Nancy Wilson Dawkins (Scott) of Portland, Oregon, Joan Wilson Turek (Raymond) of Bossier City, Louisiana, son Robert Wilson (Barbara) of Brookings, Oregon, sister, Marilyn Bordner (Bill) of Spokane, Washington, eight grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
Sharon’s life will be celebrated at a private memorial service in Ketchikan, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in her memory be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Ketchikan Pioneer Home.
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