OBITUARY: Sharon Chard

Sharon Lee Chard passed on February 6, 2024, at 90 years old in the old house on Hay Canyon Road with family and friends at her side. She welcomed the passage to heaven with her wonderful smile and thankfulness for a full life. Always such a loving mother, sister, Aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother, she included family and friends with her graciousness and will be remembered with fond memories of her in their hearts. She always put others first and made sure everyone was comfortable. She was happy and enjoyed life and people to the fullest. She had a great sense of humor down to the last days.

Sharon was born in Klickitat, Washington on September 11, 1933, and moved to Sherman County at the age of three to live with her grandparents, Ed and Elsie Olsen, on their ranch on the breaks of the Deschutes and Columbia rivers with her mother Anna Margaret Briggs and two sisters Anne Jean and Carol. They later moved to town in Wasco where Anna married Tom Jacobsen and two little brothers Erling and David were welcomed. She had many friends and fond memories of growing up in Wasco.

Sharon married Donald Thompson on August 20, 1950, and were blessed with four children who they raised outside of Moro in the house on Hay Canyon Road. Always involved in the close neighborhood, she enjoyed sewing, playing cards, sports, 4H, Oregon Wheat League and the Presbyterian church Junior Ladies. She later joined Cascade Presbyterian in Vancouver, Washington and was involved in their quilting group that provided quilts for those in need.

She married Kenneth Chard on March 13,1981 bringing even more family and friends into her life. She loved baking and became "the bakery department is mine" at Albertsons and learned to use the computer. Later she also worked in the pearl district as an administrative assistant for a sales Rep company. She was well known for her annual Christmas Cookie platters with family and friends. Sewing and quilting were pastimes she enjoyed, with still a few quilts to finish. Flowers and gardening were another area she excelled at with dahlias and tree lilies always blooming at the house in Wasco. She only lived in Oregon and Washington but loved to travel to Idaho and California for trips with family and friends.

Sharon is survived by her sister, Carol Olmstead and brother, Erling Jacobsen. Daughters Karen Umemoto and Janice Mellinger (Kevin) Stepson Lance Chard (Sari). 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Chard, parents Anna and Tom Jacobsen, sister Anne Jean Howell, brother David Jacobsen, daughter Susan Thompson, son Ronald Thompson, and Great Grandson, Blake Mellinger.

Graveside Service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery east of Moro on Saturday, March 2nd at 11 am and a Memorial Celebration at Wasco Events Center at 12:30 pm. Memorial Contributions can be made to Sherman County Historical Society ( or American Cancer Society ( Arrangements handled by Spencer, Libby, Powell.


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