Sharon Blanche (Robinson) Laughton was born on Wednesday, May 15, 1946 in Calgary, Alberta to Illa and Joseph Robinson.
Sharon was a baby boomer born into a time of hope and longing for peace and a better tomorrow. Such a beautiful baby with two older sisters and two older brothers who just adored her. A younger brother would join the family later. After the grim war years Sharon’s birth was something the family all cherished. Her early years were very reflective of her entire life. She was never a bother to anyone – always quiet and waiting for a chance to help out. Sharon spent her early years in Calgary playing hockey – she was the goalie on an all girls team in Calgary. Norman Laughton – her future husband – was her coach at the time. She was an avid bowler and played in leagues in Calgary and had numerous trophies and pins of her talent, and she loved to attend dances.
On February 1, 1964 she was engaged to Norman Laughton and they married on September 5, 1964. Sharon and Norm welcomed their first child – a daughter, Sherry Lynne into their lives in 1970 and spent those early years working as well as weekends and holidays in Windemere with family and friends.
In 1972 beautiful British Columbia became their new home, first settling in Kamloops and then moving to Quesnel a year later. They would call Quesnel home for the rest of their lives. Sharon again enjoyed bowling in the league in Quesnel for several years.
In 1976 a second daughter was welcomed, Sheryl Lea. In 1977 the family moved into their first and only home. Sharon made the house a home that was enjoyed by family and friends. Sharon was a very hardworking lady – working full time outside the home as well as the full time taking care of the family. A more loving and dedicated mother could not be found. Many weekends were spent camping and fishing at the lovely lakes that surround Quesnel. Sharon took up the sport of curling for a time – in the local league. Many Saturday nights were spent dancing with Norm at the Legion Hall.
In 1991 she became a grandmother and again in 1993. She welcomed her grandchildren and absolutely adored and loved them both. They both came home in outfits that Gramma knit for them. Later her cupboard was always stocked with favorite treats and snacks. She spent many hours watching and cheering her grandkids at their numerous sporting events, especially the arena. She also went to school award assemblies as a proud Gramma. Sharon’s first love was always her family but she was introduced to the game of golf and this became her second love. She spent many wonderful days on the golf course with family and friends. In 2002 Sharon was diagnosed with cancer. She became the Doctors miracle patient as she fought so hard to battle the awful disease and won the battle – for a time. Sharon was diagnosed with cancer again this year. This time it was a battle she would not be able to win. Sherry, Sheryl and family stayed at the house and cared for Sharon as she spent her final days at home – where she longed to be. She was so peaceful those final days. Sharon passed away with her loving family by her side on July 20, 2007.
Sharon was predeceased by: Husband Norman, Parents Joseph and Illa Robinson, brothers Tom Robinson and Bruce Robinson, Sister Lois Clarke and Niece Denise MacFarlane.
Sharon is survived by her loving family: Daughters Sherry (Allan) White, Sheryl Laughton, two grandchildren Amanda and Justin White, sister Norma MacFarlane, brother Everett (Rob) Robinson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Teri Meyer, tribute by Derry MacFarlane, dedications were made by Sherry, Allan, Amanda and Justin White, Sheryl Laughton, and Will Beningfield. Pallbearers were Sheryl Laughton, Allan, Amanda & Justin White, William Beningfield and Darrin Terrico. Sharon was laid to rest at the Quesnel Cemetery with the ashes of her loving husband at her side – as he was in her life. After the service The Best Western Tower Inn hosted a tea for family and friends. The family would like to thank the Sangha family, The Best Western Tower Inn Management and staff for everything.
This poem included was written by Allan White as a dedication to Sharon and was read at Sharon’s funeral:
The sun will still shine, the rain will fall,
You will be in our hearts and missed by all.
You were our tower and our Rock
And cared for us all like your flock,
You battled on being so strong with what you were dealt,
Never wanting sorrow or sympathy and always asking how we felt.
People say the strong one should be the Father, Husband or Brother
But Sharon showed us the strongest is the Mother.
So with regret I’ll say Goodbye
You have been set free, so open your wings and fly.