Aug. 31, 2013
"Lord, are you sure you want this one? She seems too young.”
Sharon Jane Tollett O’Malley, 58, passed away Aug. 31, 2013, to take her gifts to a higher calling, after a brief but valiant battle against multiple medical issues. She leaves behind two incredible daughters, Kathleen, 31, and Caitlin, 25. She and her husband, Mike, celebrated 36 years together the week before her death.
Sharon grew up in the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, daughter to Geraldine and Ralph Tollett of Crossville; and sister of Jamie (Tollett) Estes. Her career as a public health nurse began in the hills of eastern Kentucky, while she completed her Bachelors of Nursing at Berea College. Upon graduation, she joined the Tennessee Department of Public Health and quickly rose to a regional administrator position.
In 1983, Sharon followed Mike’s career and moved to the wilds of western Washington with their two-year-old daughter. She began her local career with the Washington Department of Health, eventually landing in her favorite role as civilian director of medical management in the Managed Care Division at Madigan Army Medical Center, serving over one million outpatients per year. She cherished her role as advocate for our active duty military and their families as she strove to assure they received the best care available to them.
Her many passions included cooking for her family, spending time with her daughters and bartending at the Black Hills Audubon Society annual banquet. She loved everyone deeply including her extended family, in-laws, cousins, friends and pets.
A celebration of Sharon’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater.
Please send memorial contributions to Berea College, c/o Sharon Tollett O’Malley scholarship fund, P.O. Box 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
Aug. 31, 2013
We the People: Halcyon Hopes or Dark Times
Science says the earth is about 4.5 billion years old. We can’t easily comprehend that many years, or exactly how the early earth was formed into a stony ball of space debris. Surface water may have arrived on Earth in icy comets.
April Marie Parker, 35, of Crossville, passed away at her home April 19, 2014. Funeral service will be today, April 23, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Ralph Reagan officiating. Burial will follow in Woody Cemetery.
Charles M. Lovitt, 77, of Crossville, passed away April 6, 2014, at Kindred Care Rehab in Algood. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. from the Chapel of Hood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Green Acres Memory Gardens. Pastor Robert Krueger will officiate.
David Franklin King, 72, Crossville, passed away on April 18, 2014, at his home. Funeral service will be today, April 22, at 2 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, with Donald Wattenbarger officiating. Burial will follow at Tolletts Chapel Cemetery.
William D. Methvin
Mr. William D. Methvin passed away March 31, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.
Dannie Glen Lowe, 61, of Crossville, passed away April 16, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. Family will receive friends today, April 18, at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with Bro. Bradley Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow at Rinnie Cemetery.
William Edward Day, 89, of Crab Orchard, passed away April 14, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held April 17, with Bro. Bob Hawkins officiating.
Thurman McKinley Mutter, 83, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 10, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.
Jennie Louise May, 82, of Crossville, passed away April 12, 2014, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Funeral serivces will be held Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lanita Monroe officiating. Interment will be in Black Oak Cemetery.
James Lesley England, 92, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2014, at his residence.
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