Sharon Barbara Smith

Sharon Barbara Smith, age 61 of Winsted and formerly of Waverly, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.

Sharon was born May 23, 1939, to Edward George and Elerine Rose Smith in Waverly. She lived in Waverly most of her life.

After graduation from high school, Sharon went into the nursing profession, becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). She was employed by the Watertown Hospital until it closed, after which she transferred to the Ridgeview Medical Center (then known as Waconia Hospital).

Sharon was forced to leave the nursing profession when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her illness became so severe that she became a resident of St. Mary's Care Center, Winsted, for the final years of her life.

Sharon was brought into this world to help care for others in time of sickness. She left this world with her colleagues taking care of her, and with her family right beside her in her last minutes.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Edward George and Elerine Rose Smith; and her brother, Edward Dale Smith.

Sharon is survived by her nephews, Jon "Jack" and Naomi Smith of Farmington, and Jay Smith of Excelsior; niece, Roxanne and Allan Rudeck of Aurora, Minn.; sister-in-law, Mary Smith of Excelsior; one great-nephew, and three great-nieces.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m., at the Church of St. Mary, Waverly, with the Rev. Robert Wiley, S.M., officiating. Music was by Therese Borrell, organist, and the church choir. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 8, at the church, and also for one hour prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements were by Iten Funeral Home, Delano.

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