Our beloved mother and grandmother, Sharon Patton, passed away at home due to natural causes on July 6, 2020, at the age of 75. Sharon was born, the youngest of five, in Igloo, South Dakota on August 18, 1944. She and James met and fell in love at an early age and were married on October 1, 1960. The following July, they welcomed their first of six children and began building a life full of memories, including fun family outings, such as fishing, hunting, and the occasional trip to the malt shop or bookstore.
Sharon was a wonderful stay at home mother, who always welcomed family and friends to a meal, which led to her job at the school district in the lunch program for nearly 20 years. She truly enjoyed the simple things in life, such as spending time with her family and friends, whether it was at a barbeque or with her breakfast club. She also loved Bingo night and gambling on slot machines, and of course, a sweet treat from time to time. Whatever it was, she always found a way to enjoy life with a smile on her face. She will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Sharon is survived by her six children: Dawn Hulse, Lorne Patton, Faron Patton, James Patton, Christopher Patton, and Laura Cunningham. She is also survived by her sister, Karmen Hall, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Patton; her brothers, Tyke, Rodney, and Rusty; and her parents, Louis and Fern Hudson.
Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Gillette Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Erik Bergquist officiating. We encourage all who are unable to attend to view the service as it will be streamed live on our website and a link will be attached to Sharon’s obituary page. Sharon will be laid to rest in Hot Springs, South Dakota at Evergreen Cemetery next to her husband of 52 years on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 1 p.m.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Sharon’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.