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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Obituary: Sharol Ann (Noble) Collins

  • Sharol Ann (Noble) Collins, age 72, was a resident of Vaughn, Gig Harbor and University Place, Wash., since 1983. She died on Sunday, May 26, 2013, in University Place, Wash. Her husband, C. Bernard "Barney" Collins, preceded her in death in Vaughn, Wash.
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  • Sharol Ann (Noble) Collins, age 72, was a resident of Vaughn, Gig Harbor and University Place, Wash., since 1983.  She died on Sunday, May 26, 2013, in University Place, Wash.  Her husband, C. Bernard "Barney" Collins, preceded her in death in Vaughn, Wash.
    She is survived by her son, Bret Johnson, of Texas and one nephew, Willard "Bill" Moore, of Arkansas.  
    She was preceded in death by her only grandson, Byron Johnson, aged 21; by her sister, Doris (Noble-Moore) McAfee, and brother, Robert "Bob" Noble; by her mother, Alice (Noble) Hedlund and step-father, Leonard Hedlund, and by her father, Michael S. Noble (1947).
    Sharol attended most of her school years in McPherson, Kan., graduating from McPherson High School in 1958 as a member of the National Honor Society. She worked as a secretary in the past in Kansas, Seattle, Wash., and Waco, Texas, and until retirement from the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Wash., for the Vocational and Community Education departments. Sharol took early retirement in 1993 to care for her mother at home in Vaughn, Wash. Mother, Alice, passed away in 2000 after suffering many years in the advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease and, lastly, cancer.
    After her mother's death, Sharol's favorite reading was the Road Atlas and started road trips, alone, all on roads she had never traveled in the past, mainly back roads, trying to fit in as many as possible, making it all the way to Maine, covering 43 states, Alberta and British Colombia.  Sharol had also been a craftsman and developed and had copyrighted her crafts "Nail Bouquets" and "Bloomin' Initials," which she sold at numerous craft shows in Texas, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
    Sharol donated her body to the "Willed Body" program, therefore no memorial service was held at her request.  Her cremated remains have been placed in niche at the Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, Wash., next to her husband Barney.

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