Sharon Kay McGurnNov 18, 2013 Staff
Sharon McGurn, a lifelong Wyoming resident, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Hospital in Denver, with her family by her side. She was 48 years old.
She had been battling a chronic illness for the past couple of years.
"In a heroic effort to the end, Sharon has donated her body to science in the belief that this study will educate young doctors and help other patients," a family statements reads.
Cremation will take place at a later date.
A memorial service is held at the Riverton Eagles Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Sharon McGurn was born Oct. 20, 1965, in Riverton, to Earl and Lucille Christiansen. She graduated from Riverton High School and earned an associates degree in business/accounting from Central Wyoming College.
After receiving her degree, she worked at the college for several years as the distance education coordinator. She worked for a few years at Double J Boot Shop and most recently as a sales associate at Kmart in Riverton.
Her family said she will be most remembered for the close relationships she developed.
"She was a social butterfly with a contagious laugh and comforting smile," the family continued. "Her daughters will miss her wittiness and generosity.She never turned down an opportunity to hop on the 'hog' with Tony and go for a ride."
In her spare time, she loved to play cribbage and watch movies. She was a big Elvis fan and loved collecting crosses and wolves. She rarely let a night go by without calling her granddaughter Bryanna before bedtime.
She is survived by her husband of eight years, Tony Dick of Riverton; daughters Sandra Brown and husband Keith of Laramie; and Jessica McGurn of Eugene, Ore.; sister Donna McMichael and husband Larry of Douglas; a granddaughter, Bryanna Brown, and another grandchild on the way; her beloved Boston terrier, Pebbles; many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lucille Christiansen; her brother Gary Christiansen; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Donations are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.