Sharon Fredeen

Sharon Fredeen

Nov. 1942 – May 2018

Sharon Marjorie Fredeen, wife, mother, Nana to her grandkids, and friend to many, is now whole and healed in the presence of her best friend and savior, Jesus Christ. She is now living the reality of her life-long goal and passion, and what she so richly deserves, the Big Well, as she termed it!

After several years of home care, Sharon had been residing at Paramount Court in the memory care unit in Turlock since mid-January of this year. From there she was hospitalized for a brief period and then was transitioned to hospice at Samaritan Village in Hughson. God mercifully brought her to Himself after several days there. The family is grateful for God’s provision and care for Sharon every step of the way.

Sharon was born in Turlock in 1942 to Gordon and Marjorie Mowrer. She was the second of five sisters and one brother, David, who died in infancy. She is survived by her sisters Marilyn Meadows, Gwendy Reeser, Bonnie Spycher, and Pam Sawyer, as well as her husband Gordy, sons Todd and Joe, and grandchildren Sosie, Adelae, Silas, Teddy and Teague. Sharon is dancing in heaven with her spunky granddaughter Nina, who preceded her to heaven over seven years ago, two days before her sixth birthday. It will be a sight to see as they both knew how to “move and groove”.

Sharon attended schools in Turlock and graduated from Turlock High School in 1960. After graduation she attended Adrian’s Beauty College and earned her state license in cosmetology. She then attended BIOLA University for a year and in 1964 she married her high school sweetheart, Gordy Fredeen. They would have celebrated their fifty-fourth anniversary in July.

Sharon was truly one of a kind. “Giver” is the word that best describes her, both in tangible ways and more importantly in genuinely caring for all she came in contact with during her lifetime.

In mid-life, as part of her quest for health, she developed a passion for fitness which found expression as a fitness counselor at a local health club, a position she held for nine years. During that time she impacted innumerable lives in positive ways, but uppermost in her mind was sharing the love of Christ, not by being “preachy” but by living His love in front of people.  She did that for everyone but she specialized in rascals and rebels because she was a bit of one herself. There will be many in heaven because of the words she spoke which were authenticated by the person she was.

Sharon was wise, witty, direct yet compassionate. She spoke the truth in love with grace. She was the “best friend” of many. She was the premier mamma and Nana, and the very best wife a man could possibly have. She will be irreplaceable.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday May 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Monte Vista Chapel where she was a charter member. Memorial contributions in Sharon’s name can be made to Greater Europe Mission, PO Box 1669, Monument, CO 80132-1669, noting on an attached note to be used for the support of Dustin and Michelle Johnson, or for Westside Ministries in Turlock, CA.  Please share your memories on this website.

 

 

7 Comments

  • Jonathan Mowrer May 22, 2018 5:01 am

    I time of hospitality in her home with Gordy, Todd, and Joey when I visited with my family, Sheridan, Grace, and David Mowrer. Thanks for the memories.

  • Martha Kronberg May 23, 2018 12:37 am

    Sharon was my longest, loyal and loving friend for nearly 60 years.

  • Lanita Moen May 23, 2018 4:36 pm

    So many fond memories of Sharon. Her artistic personality made her so much fun, and I learned so much from her on many different levels from recipes to decorating ideas and principles, to hair styles, to life lessons, and to the unfailing love of God and specifically our shared faith in our Savior, Jesus.
    She had impact on so many and was dearly loved. We will miss her but are so glad she has been released to be whole again.

  • Roger & Phyllis Soderstrom May 23, 2018 6:49 pm

    Remember sliding on the polished floors of Fresno grocery stores? It was good baseball practice in those days but times do change and today my grocery store visits are a bit humbling as the shopping cart serves as a walker too. Praise the Lord Sharon could “stand on His promises” as she rounded third and made it Home! We grieve with you in the agony of death but will always marvel that Grace negates the need to work or “slide” our way home! Roger & Phyllis

  • Sharryl Lindberg May 25, 2018 2:12 pm

    I only have memories as a “Beulah Girl” from many years ago since I left Turlock in 1960 but I sense that Sharon was greatly loved and her passing will be celebrated AND grieved by the many dear ones in her life–her life through the years and to the present. I smile at my memories: I remember so fondly how our very close group of girls celebrated Sharon’s achieving (finally) 80 pounds (I think we were juniors in high school)
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    May God comfort the family as Sharon rejoices in the light of God’s face.

  • Andrew & Sarah de Kanter May 25, 2018 3:02 pm

    My wife and I have only recently had the privilege of knowing Sharon, but we feel we have a special connection to her. She had a wonderful smile and laugh. She also was very interested in art and all things beautiful. Her impact on others was evidenced by the amount of family and friends that were by her side during her last days.

    We grieve with the family, but we are thankful that our grief is not without hope. Sharon knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and there is no doubt that she is basking in his glorious presence now; she is home!

  • Jennifer Kronberg August 15, 2019 4:06 am

    Sharon is one of my mother’s best friends. I have known her my entire life. She cut my hair as a child and then helped train me at a fitness club in my late teens. I also knew her through Monte Vista Chapel. She taught me so much.

    Her personality and ability to inspire others is just one of her special gifts.

    My heart goes out to her family. I am unable to speak about her using words from the past. I still say “Sharon is” and not “Sharon was”.

    It is because she has left a legacy here in earth. Yes, she is dancing in heaven and bringing pure joy to everyone. But I still miss her.

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