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Sharon A. Matter, 65

Sharon Ann Matter, age 65, of Waverly, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at her home in Waverly, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 30, 1944, to Durand and Harriet (Hayes) Crawford in Montrose.

Sharon was united in marriage to James Andrew Matter May 21, 1966, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. This union was blessed with four children.

Upon the children entering school, Sharon went to work in the family business, BDS Company, a dry cleaning and delivery service. She and Jim ran this enterprise together up until the day in August when she was diagnosed with anaplastic thyroid cancer.

Sharon was deeply devoted to her family, and dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren. She had a way of making whomever she was with feel like they were the most important person in the world at that moment.

She also loved spending time with her many friends, cooking, gardening, searching for McCoy pottery, spoiling their dog, Sassy, and escaping to their cabin on Third Crow, near Nevis, for some “lake time” as often as possible.

Sharon will always be remembered for her infectious laugh and her selfless character.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, James; children, Timothy J. Matter, Lisa (Uriah) McHaffie, David J. (special friend Rachael Schwindel) Matter, and Amy (Jason) Bechtold; five grandchildren: Josiah, Wyatt, and Alexandra McHaffie, Kylie Matter, and Garrett Bechtold; brother Bradley (Darien Sandberg) Crawford; brothers and sisters-in-law Tony (Bernie) Matter, Dan Padden, Phyllis Yantes, and Laurie (Dan) Bergeron; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Durand and Harriet (Hayes) Crawford; parents-in-law Loren and Lillian (Horsch) Matter; and sister-in-law Patricia (Matter) Padden.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Dec. 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier as the celebrant.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.