Sharon Kaye Smallwood age 78 of Caney, Kansas formerly of Tyro, Kansas passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Sharon was born on September 19, 1940 to John and Nadine (Edinger) Davis in Coffeyville, Kansas. Sharon attended Coffeyville schools graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School. She attended Coffeyville Community Junior College obtaining her associates degree.
On July 16, 1960 she married Donald "Donnie" Smallwood in Tyro where they made their home and raised their children. Their home was often filled with more than just their family. Together they had two children, Kelly and Shelly. Through their love for others they adopted as their own, Aaron and Karon, welcoming them home. Often, there would be friends, or neighbors who would stop in for a visit, or stay for a while needing a place to live or even strangers knocking on the door, simply to take shelter from a storm. Everyone was always welcome. Donnie preceded her in death on February 27, 2003, but Sharon continued their legacy of opening her home, always making everyone feel welcomed.
Sharon was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, friend and co-worker. Sharon worked for Missouri Pacific Credit Union then for the USPS for 28 years serving as the Post Master of Tyro until her retirement. After retirement she worked for Four County Mental Health part time for serval years. She had a unique personality and was loved by all that knew her. Sharon was one of the original founding members of Tyro Christian Church, she has attended church there for over 58 years. She could also often be found at Bible study, a thrift store, or a rummage sale, maybe even signing up for a "Free Drawing". One person's junk is often another's treasure; Sharon enjoyed finding a new purpose for those treasures. She was also a dedicated PBR Bull Riding fan, traveling with her daughter to Las Vegas for the big show. As a family the Smallwood's shared a love of showing and riding Appaloosa Horses. They traveled showing horses all over the United States, in those travels they gained an additional family and circle of friends. She was an active member of several Appaloosa Horse clubs over the years. In most recent years she has enjoyed Adult Coloring books.
Those to carry on the family legacy include; children, Kelly Smallwood, Shelly Chaffin, Aaron Smallwood and wife April, Karon Starr and husband, Norman; grandchildren, Andy Smallwood, Madison and husband, Cody Hockett, Paige and husband, Bud Reed, MacKenzie Chaffin, Kristian James, Ernesto Williams, Jonnie Woods, Jaylon Woods, Jaron Woods, KaBria Smallwood, Jathan Woods and Niah Starr; 9 Great Grandchildren; brother, Larry Davis; nieces, nephews and a whole host of friends and extended family. In addition to her parent, and husband she is now at rest with, her brother, John Robert and sister, Nancy.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Sharon and the love she had for her Savior, Jesus Christ will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Tyro Christian Church, 301 S Market, Tyro, Kansas with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating. Burial will follow at Fawn Creek Cemetery, in rural Tyro. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas from 6 to 8 pm. The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to either Tyro Christian Church, PO Box 307, Tyro, Kansas 67364 or Cookson Hills Christian School, 60416 Highway 10, Kansas, OK 74347, contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
Sharon was a very sweet person. I only saw her at birthday parties, but she always had a smile on her face and would visit. Her presence will be missed at those events. I'm very sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers.
Vicki ReedElk City, KS
Sharon was a friend of ours for several years,She will be missed by all that knew her...Love you Sharon & will see you on the other side..sending prayers for her children Kelly Shelly,Aron and Karon.. God Bless you All.
Ann&Benny benjamintyro, KS
James & Ann BenjaminTyro, KS
Sharon, if it hadn't been for you your baby boy Aaron and I would have never gotten together all those years ago. Thank you for raising him up to love the Lord with all his heart. Aaron will miss you so very much as we all will. I promise to always be the Rock to Aaron's Roll. Thank you for loving him and always being there for him especially in the last 20 years. He would have been lost without you in it. It's going to be a long road Aaron is so broken. He is happy that you are finally with Don in heaven. We will never stop love each other and all of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. Your legacy of live will always live on in side of us all. Till meet me again. We love you! Aaron, April Jade, Liberty and Journey Smallwood
Aaron and April SmallwoodBartlesville, OK
My heartfelt sympathy gors out to Kelly, Shelly, Aaron and Karon & all your family. Your mom was an angel on earth and now she’s with your dad. My prayers are with you all.
I haven’t seen your mom for a long time but enjoyed seeing all of her posts. Love to you all.
Linda Hartman Long
Linda Hartman LongBroken Arrow, OK
Sharon was a dear, dear friend. I will miss her so much. Love and prayers to the family. May God give you peace and comfort.
Pat AlexanderCoffeyville, KS
Sorry for your family’s loss. Thinking of Sharon and her family brings back many memories.
Brian SwisherIndependence, KS
It was such a pleasure sharing bible study class with Sharon, she will be so missed. I pray the family takes solace in the fact she is now with our lord & savior.
Betty KearnsCoffeyville, KS
Sharon was a sweet loving lady every time I saw her she would lift my spirit and made me feel right at home the moment i meet her I knew we would connect because of the Love of Jesus she had in her we were instant sisters in the Lord and have prayed many time for her during her time of bad health, I got to know sharon through Karen and I am glad i got the opportunity to meet such a wonderful lady
FLY HIGH SHARON
DEBRA LOU DOHERTYBartlesville, OK
Sharon was such a wonderful lady. I will miss her at bible study and on church USA trips.
SHERRY MESSNERCoffeyville, KS
Sharon was a special friend. She will be missed by all.
Helen JohnsonEdna, KS
Kelly and shelly I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very special person to me and my family. May she rest in peace
Herbert Lee AntleCOFFEYVILLE, KS
Shirley SchnellHot Springs, AR
So many good memories with Sharon and Donnie and the kids. Raised our kids and Appaloosa horses together for many years. Rejoicing with Donnie in heaven now. RIP dear friend until we meet again.
Donna J ChronisterPryor, OK
Our deepest sympathy to Kelly, Shelly, Aaron and Karon and the entire family for the loss of this beautiful lady. Prayers for strength and comfort for each of you in the days ahead.
Dan & Judy CastorJackson, WY
So sorry for your loss. Sharon will be missed. I remember being at the horse shows with your family.
Roger and Joyce FisherCoffeyville, KS
I'm sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
michele weilWann, OK
Our sincere sympathy to the Smallwood family, we enjoyed getting to know all of you years ago while showing horses, Sharon was a very Special Lady.
Larry and Janet MyersSarcoxie, MO
Shelly, Kelly and family so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady and will be missed by so many.
Don & Kelly OneslagerDearing, KS
I lived in Tyro in 1979-1984. She and Donnie were wonderful to our family. Helped us with our horse.
They both are treasures in my memory. God comfort the family !!
Jewel/Bobbie WilsonBelton, MO
Smallwood family i am very sorry for your loss. Praying for one and all.
John and Patty O'Shields FamilyIndependence, KS
I am so sorry for your loss Sharon had a very kind heart! May she rest in love if you need anything guys Ernesto just ask!
Rest In Peace, mi amiga!
Judy Hamlin BatesSanta Fe, NM
So sorry for your loss. Will miss her so much. May God comfort you and give you peace.
Janet MorganCoffeyville, KS