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Sharon D. Evans

August 23, 1946 - June 1, 2020

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Sharon Evans of Penticton, BC, beloved wife of Thomas Evans, passed away peacefully on Monday June 1, 2020 at the age of 73 years. Born August 23, 1946 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sharon’s passion to help led her to become a psychiatric nurse, finishing her career at the Penticton Regional Hospital. She was a tireless advocate for mental health awareness. Besides her loving husband Thomas, Sharon is survived by her daughter Susan Evans and son Matt (Jenn) Evans. Grandchildren; Robert, Jordan, Kristen, Kendra and Nicholas. Sister Linda Gigilotti. Brothers Gord (Nancy) Adams and brother-in-law Ken (Linda) Evans. Sharon was predeceased by her parents Robert and Ada Adams. Brother Tom Adams and sister Marlene McFarlen. A Celebration of Sharon’s Life will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Post Polio Health International (Online) or the S.O.S Mental Wellness Society-Penticton, 118-246 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5K3

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From: Ralph & Sharlene Oslund

Dear Tom & family,
We want to extend our condolences to you & your family on Sharon’s passing.  She was a dear friend, always stopping to chat for several minutes when we met on her way to the centre with her scooter.  One could always go to her with our concerns for advice.  She will be sorely missed for her dedication to mental health in Penticton for so many years. 
Sincerely,
Ralph & Sharlene Oslund

From: John Gray

Dear Tom and Family
On behalf of the Public Policy Committee of the BC Schizophrenia Society (provincial) we want to extend our sincere condolences for your loss. Sharon is our loss too. She was our Co-Chair with me. She brought to our Committee her wisdom and dedication from her many years working in Riverview Hospital (where I also worked) and in the community. Her dedication continued as a volunteer. What endeared Sharon to me as well was that she took the minutes of our sometimes convoluted discussions. We will miss her. Thank you Sharon for all you have contributed to the recovery of people with serious mental illness and for their advocacy organizations.

From: Deanne Jalava

My sincere condolences to Sharon’s family and friends. I worked with Sharon for 13 years, she was a driving force indeed. Her wisdom will be greatly missed by many. Rest in peace, my friend.

From: Jane Duval

Sharon and I were both “Babes of the ’40s” born in Thunder Bay. Sharon’s dedication and commitment to individuals and families coping with serious mental illness was unparalleled. She will be greatly missed by her community, and my heart goes out especially to her family at this difficult time.    

From: Barb Winstanley

To Tom and family – we are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing.  Our sincere condolences.

From: Sheila Herbertson Loranger

So very sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. We were classmates in psych nurses training and I last saw her at the last reunion get together in Kelowna. Condolences to her family.

From: Dee [Dolores] Newman

I am so very sorry to learn of Sharon’s passing.  My deepest and sincerest condolences go to her husband Tom and her entire family.  She was a force beyond words and was a ferious advocate for all those suffering with mental illness.  I know that she helped many families in Penticton and the surrounding area including Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton etc.  I admired her tenacity and strength.  She will be sadly missed by those whom she touched.  Heaven’s gate has welcomed a true angel….rest easy Sharon.

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