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Sharron Nadine Ahonen


Sharron Nadine (Auld) Ahonen, went home to our Lord, surrounded by family on Monday, May 18, 2020. She was 81 years old.

Sharron was born at home, on July 7, 1938, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Roy and Mildred Auld, and lived there until 1945, when her family moved to a farm in Denham, Minnesota. She attended a two room school in Denham. While in third grade, her teacher never had enough work for her to do, so the school board decided to skip her into the fourth grade. Sharron started Willow River High School in seventh grade and graduated in 1955 at 16 years old. She always wanted to be a nurse, from the time she bandaged up her cat who lost a leg to the mower. She started nursing training at St. Luke's School of Nursing in 1955 and graduated in 1958 as a beautiful white cap lady.

In 1958 Sharron married the love of her life, Melvin Ahonen. They settled in Kettle River, and Sharron worked at the Moose Lake State Hospital. While there they had two children, Duane and Diane. After Diane was born, Sharron did private duty nursing at Mercy Hospital, until they moved to Grand Rapids. She stayed home until after the birth of their third child, Lynn. Then she started working at the Itasca Nursing Home, until her transfer to the Grand Rapids Hospital new addition convalescent and nursing care unit. Then they moved to Minot, North Dakota. Sharron got the position for the director of nurses at the Americana Nursing Home. She worked there until 1978, then the family moved to Finlayson. Sharron worked at the Moose Lake State Hospital again, this time as the head of infection control. They built a house in Fintown and lived there until 1985. Then they moved to Coeur'd Alene, Idaho where Sharron worked at a private psychiatric hospital until she took a position in Spokane, Washington as director of nursing. She studied for her administrator's license and worked in that position until retiring in 1990 due to health problems. Sharron and Mel moved to Spokane in 1989 and lived there until Mel passed away in January 2002. She sold the house and moved to Mora to be close to family.

She enjoyed life in Mora. She got to watch her great-grand daughter, Alexis, grow up. They were two peas in a pod and shared so many special memories. Sharron loved to get her hair done, once a week, by Amy at Shear Wisdom.

She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Mora, served as head of the altar guild, personnel committee and was a Stephen Minister. She attended monthly and weekly Bible studies, and she loved her Tuesday morning Bible study ladies as sisters.

Sharron loved her sweets. There was always something fresh out of the oven! She enjoyed making donuts, cakes, rosettes, fattigmann and many dozen cookies. She loved the outdoors, mowing her lawn, feeding the birds and gardening, then canning salsa, dill pickles, beets and beans from her harvest. She made the best enchiladas. They were a hot request for most birthdays, along with wacky cake. She enjoyed a nice glass of gin and toxic water while playing Spite and Malice with her family. She was a collector of Barbie dolls, copper pots, trolls, spoons of her travels and clippings of Alexis from the local paper.

Sharron was the most positive, strongest woman. She never complained and did everything with love, pride and grace.

Sharron was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; siblings, Marlene Waseen and Lyle Auld; and grandson, Derek Hughes.

She is survived by her children, Duane (Robin) Ahonen, Diane Bayerle (Dennis Schan) and Lynn (Mike) Jacobson; grandchildren, Leah (Matt) Smith, Amanda Ahonen, Nathan (Jenna) Ahonen and Jim (Melissa) Ahonen; great-grandchildren, Alexis Hughes, Connor, Ethan, Easton, Sydney and Aspen; special brother and sister-in-law, Maynard and Jane Ahonen; and many other family and friends.

At this time, due to COVID-19, a service will be held at a later date. If you wish to contribute to a memorial, Sharron served as head of the altar guild for many years at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. She also faithfully donated to the following charities: Boys Town, Mora Food Pantry, March of Dimes, American Lung Association and Shriners.


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