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Obituary: WHITEHEAD, SHARON

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Sharon Francis Whitehead 1937 ~ 2014Sharon Francis Whitehead passed away peacefully March 9, 2014 at the age of 76. She was born July 1, 1937 in Salt Lake City to Alonzo and Lenore Francis. She was raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from South High in 1955. She married her husband of 59 years, Samuel W. Whitehead, in the Salt Lake Temple and together they raised five children in Salt Lake City, Orem, and Heber City, Utah.Sharon was a devoted member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in numerous callings where she developed many close friendships over the years. Her goals remained steadfast throughout her life and included raising her family in righteousness and sharing her testimony of the Gospel with others. Sharon and her husband served as full-time proselyting missionaries in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission and in the Washington Tacoma Mission. She also served as a church service missionary at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.As a family we remember with fondness many outings to the park, mountains, and even a motor home trip across the USA. Family was always precious to Sharon and holidays were traditionally spent together in celebration and summers were filled with reunions. Sunday evenings were reserved for visits with relatives or spent playing table games with family. Although health struggles filled her daily life in recent years, we take solace that these difficulties have lapsed. We offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the caregivers and family members who lovingly cared for Sharon this past year so she could live as comfortably as possible.Sharon is survived by her husband Samuel, her children, Laurie (David) Taylor, Lisa (Boyd) Pettys Taylor, Stephen (Teresa) Whitehead, Michael (Emilie) Whitehead, and Gary (Teresa) Whitehead. Her legacy includes 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Stan (Millie Kay) Francis, John (Elaine) Francis, and Julie (Myron) Skousen. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Allan Francis, great-grandson Samuel Taylor, and son-in-law Greg Pettys.Funeral Services will be held at the Cascade Stake Center, 481 East Center Street, Orem, on Saturday, March 15, at noon. A viewing will be held for family and friends from 10:30-11:45 am at the Stake Center. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City at 4:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to the LDS church missionary fund.