Wednesday , October 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM
July 8, 1935 ~ October 8, 2017
Sharon Jean Scott Holley, our beautiful, amazing, passionate, articulate, wife and mother, a long-time Slaterville resident, ever grateful; graciously passed away at home from breast cancer.
Sharon (Mom) was born in Ogden, Utah, to Guy Malcolm Scott and Mary Elizabeth Bishop, and was raised with sisters: Barbara, Sandra, Dorothy and Mary Ellen.
As a child, at a little chapel in Clearfield, Mom gained a testimony of Jesus Christ, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she increased in faith and devotion throughout her life.
After an exceptional score on an IQ test as a student at Davis High, Mom was offered her choice of scholarships - she told the counselor, "I'm going to raise a family." Family became her life's work.
As a girl, Mom developed survival instincts evident in her personality from experiences such as the death of her mother when she was 11, foraging local orchards and working at a cannery at age 14 for money to repair her teeth. She was on her own at 18, in a rented apartment with cousin, Ginger and attending Weber College. Soon after, she met Orvil Holley, and they were married September 3, 1954, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Six children followed.
Mom instilled her children with a love of learning, nature, God and others. She taught her children to love music and sacrificed for lessons - many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. Listening to them play and watching them participate in sports and other events were among favorite activities.
Never idle, Mom transformed every corner of her yard into a Garden of Eden. Her gardens became increasingly colorful and exotic and she was never happier than when ankle deep in mud - she was still learning/planting/growing into August of this summer. She often spoke the modified quote, "She who loves a garden, her Eden still keeps."
Mom was passionate about what she believed and was a good ally if you were in trouble. She was very patriotic and interested in the success of this country and always enjoyed July 4th. Mom could be tough, but was tender to those in need especially those who had lost a mother. Her compassion and kindness benefited many and she had a way of making people feel beautiful, important and loved.
For decades, Mom researched the genealogy of her family - not just names and dates, but life stories and family histories and added greatly to the knowledge of our kindred. She was agent for many to receive their ordinances and is certainly enjoying a reunion with them now.
Mom, camera near, chronicled over 60 years of family events and covered walls, refrigerator and cabinets with, pictures, favorite verses and scriptures. Looking stunning as always, Mom still snapped pictures outside on the beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon of September 3, 2017, - her 63rd wedding anniversary with sweetheart, Orvil and all her posterity.
Mom loved poetry and the last stanza of Tennyson's Crossing the Bar is appropriate: For tho' from out our bourne of time and place the flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar. Mom knows her Pilot and will see Him face to face. We love and miss you Mom.
Sharon is survived by her husband, H. Orvil Holley; sisters: Sandra, Dorothy and Mary Ellen; six children: Val (Joe Plocek), Bret (Kandy), Shawn (Marilyn), Shay (Erin), Will (Julie), Savannah (Scott) Cook; 17 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the LDS Church at 250 N. 1500 West, Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the same location, Saturday October 14, 2017, 11 a.m., with a viewing held before from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Interment at Ogden City Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.
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