Sharon Darien |

Sharon Darien

Sharon Darien of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away Jan. 2, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 68. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her death.

Sharon was the 3rd of four children born April 11, 1943 to Charles and Louise Kelly in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. As young child Sharon grew up in Glenwood Canyon in a house above Shoshone hydroelectric plant, later moving to Glenwood Springs and then Carbondale. Sharon graduated from Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado in the spring of 1961.

Sharon married Leiford Darien Jan. 28, 1964 at the Methodist Church in Carbondale. While living in Carbondale she gave birth to two sons, Craig and Jason Darien. The family moved to Grand Junction, Colo. in 1967. While living in Grand Junction, Sharon continued her education at Mesa College and Western State College to obtain her teaching certification. She was a teacher at Wingate, Scenic and Orchard Mesa Middle School before retiring in 1998 to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Her hobbies were her grandchildren, her dogs, knitting, reading and gardening. She also loved to spend time in Marble, Colorado on her ranch or driving her convertible Roush Mustang. Sharon also volunteered at St. Mary’s Pavilion with her therapy Schnauzer “Mickey” sharing her love of life and special spark to those who were ill and suffering with the same disease with which she was afflicted.

She is preceded in death by her father Charles Kelley, brother Harlan Kelley and her husband Leiford Darien. She is survived by her mother Louise Kelley of Silt; brother Jerry Kelley of Denver; sister Connie Rosengren of Delta; sons Craig and Jason Darien of Grand Junction; Sharlene and Jerry Smith of Paonia; Larry and Dana Darien of Marble; and 3 grandchildren: Colt and Kacey Darien of Grand Junction and Tyler Chappell of Grand Junction.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on 5th and White Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

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