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Sharon Jean McDonald (Chewning)


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On Saturday, December 5th, Sharon Jean McDonald (Chewning), passed away at the age of 76. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Sharon’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Sharon was born on March 15, 1944, in Roswell, NM to Henry Chewning and Margie Chewning (Lacey). She graduated Class of 1962 from Roswell High School and went on to become an EMT and Respiratory Therapist. She married Michael Lawrence and raised her two children, David and Kelly, in her hometown of Roswell. Sharon participated in all aspects of her children’s life including serving as a board member of the Roswell Little League Football, keeping official score and running concessions for Styles Baseball Field, and was an active member of the PTA.

At age 40, Sharon was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and decided to devote her strongest years to the Chaves County Casa Program. For her profound work of advocating for abused and neglected children, Sharon was chosen to be President Bush’s 462nd Point of Light. She flew to Washington where she received this prestigious honor directly from President Bush in the White House. Sharon’s work had an everlasting effect on many children’s lives. Sharon was a devout grandmother to her grandchildren attending every sports game, dance recital, swim lesson, and school function. She took great pride in maintaining her home and garden. And she loved to watch Jeopardy!

In her later years, Sharon rekindled her love with her High School sweetheart, Dennis McDonald. They were married on September 26, 2001, and resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado for nine years. They moved back to Roswell to retire and be closer to family. Sharon stayed devoted to her family, loved her dogs Seamus and Shotzi, and enjoyed being on her back patio with music, family, and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Henry; mother, Margie; and half-brother, Byron Reed.

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Those left to cherish Sharon’s memory are her loving husband, Dennis; her three children: David Lawrence and wife Marybeth, Kelly Ramey and husband Harold, and Nicole Madden and husband Jonathan; her four grandchildren: Samantha Ward, Chelsea Lane and husband Brandon, Kyle Haynie and wife Melody, and Matthew Ramey and wife Sydney; and seven great-grandchildren: Kameron, Witney, Kase, Kooper, Brody, Adam and Ayla.

A private family graveside service for Sharon will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at South Park Cemetery.

The family sends a special thank you to Lakeview Christian Home, Lakeview Hospice and all of their staff for the excellent care and love for Mom over the last year.

Sharon’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.