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Sharon Roberts McKinlay

July 26, 1946 — December 25, 2023

Sharon Roberts McKinlay

Sharon Roberts McKinlay, our loving mom and grams, peacefully returned to her Heavenly home on December 25, 2023 for a Christmas reunion. She courageously battled cancer for the last three months. She was surrounded by her loving family who took excellent care of her during this time of need.

Sharon was born on July 26, 1946 to Wilmer Woodrow (Woody) and Annie Fern Voss. She was the second of three daughters, and her dad’s tomboy as a young girl. Sharon grew up in Layton and attended Davis High School. Sharon married Brad Lee McKinlay and moved to Las Vegas, NV where their oldest daughter, Misty Ann, was born. A month later they moved to Augusta, GA where Brad was stationed in the Army. They returned to Utah where they welcomed their son, Mitchel Brad, and a daughter, Nicole. In 1971 they moved to Kaysville where she spent the rest of her life. Brad and Sharon divorced after 20 years of marriage.

Sharon worked at Dipper Drive Inn as a carhop, the Pancake House, Villager Café, King’s, the IRS, Basic Computer Systems, and then retired as a Configurations Manager at Hill Air Force Base where she worked for 39 years. She served as president of the Air Force Association and was incredibly patriotic and proudly flew a flag in her yard. 

You could always count on Sharon being “fashionably” late to almost everything. She enjoyed bowling, volleyball, and softball leagues. She was a talented cake decorator and created countless character cakes for her grandchildren and loved ones. Sharon made everything she touched feel extra special—love was in the details with grams.

Her greatest love was her family, in particular her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was born to be a grandma. Spending time with her grandkids trumped everything else. She would often say, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world!” referring to the many sporting events, dance recitals, birthday parties and holidays that she never missed. Sharon would regularly call her family on the phone and spend hours talking with them. She enjoyed watching QVC and purchased unique gifts for everyone. She took great pleasure in reading and listening to books and was a member of several book clubs. One of her all-time favorite series is Harry Potter. She enjoyed making salsa and freezer jam for her family. Sharon loved the arts and attended plays, movies, ballets and concerts of any kind. She enjoyed traveling and often said her favorite place was Colonial Williamsburg; as well as England where she took a special trip with her grandson to tour his mission. She loved going to the Ute Stampede Rodeo and Demolition Derby in Nephi.

Sharon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She had a strong testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ. She enjoyed serving as a Guest Service Missionary for events at Temple Square and loved being in the temple and participating in the Sunday family home evening group. Sharon was Christlike in her belief and charitable in giving—she helped anyone in need, regardless of their background or religious persuasion. She opened her home to anyone and everyone.

Sharon is survived by her three children: Misty Ann (Troy) Hulse, West Haven, UT; Mitchel Brad (Amanda McNeely) McKinlay, Kaysville, UT; Nicole (Tyrone) Douglas, Nephi, UT; as well as 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Janice (Bill) Gannon, Las Vegas, NV, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, RaNae Morin, and a nephew.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Bristol Hospice, and especially Nurse Nicole Eisenbarth, for the loving care and support they offered to Sharon and our family.

Funeral services will be held January 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kaysville 12th Ward Building located at 1039 E. Crestwood Road, Kaysville, UT. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Kaysville Cemetery.

The service will be livestreamed on the Anderson Funeral Home Facebook Page at the following link: 
https://www.facebook.com/people/Anderson-Funeral-Home/100068057016733/
(The livestream video will appear when the service starts.)

Sharon McKinlay - Funeral Recording.mp3

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