Sharon Kay Andrews, 74, was born in Bloomington, Illinois on October 24, 1944. Her energy expanded our physical space and time as she passed on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, in St. Petersburg, FL, which she called home for most of her life. Her Grandma, Louise Chrisman lived in Clearwater and was a defining part of her life in Florida. Sharon was originally raised in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois and family was always important to her. She was the daughter of Lavern and Don Chrisman and a sister to Janet Hankins and Bruce Chrisman. Growing up, Sharon loved being outside, swimming at the local pool, and ice skating. She loved cars from the time she could drive. Once she turned 16, she was always on the go in her first car, a Ford, which she purchased for $50.00. As her mom said “her first love affair, was with cars”, having once owned five in one year, with her favorite being convertibles. Sharon’s beauty radiated from the inside-out, and in her early 20’s, she had the opportunity to compete in the Mclean County Beauty Competition. Sharon moved to Florida in the 1970’s and made the Tampa Bay area her new home where she gave birth to her daughter, Kelly. She was a dedicated mother and taught her to be strong, enjoy life, be positive, and to not worry about the small stuff, as it is all essentially small stuff. Sharon worked for Bay Care Health System as a trainer for medical software for 19 years, prior to retiring. She enjoyed teaching others and genuinely loved talking and connecting with people.
Sharon fell in love with running in her mid-late 40’s, and continued to do so until her later years. Her tenacity for life was reflected through her running career, consistently challenging herself and always focusing beyond the road ahead. Most notable, was her completion of the first Walt Disney World Marathon, amongst numerous half-marathons, and her favorite Beach Series at both Pass-a-Grille Beach and Pier 60. She placed first in her age group in many races, and was always so excited to receive a medal or trophy. She was a member of the St.Pete Road Runners and also the Tampa Bay Runners, prior. She always ran in style and could often be found in coordinating Nike outfits in the brightest and happiest of colors, with turquoise and hot pink being her favorite. She loved the challenges of running, but most of all, the opportunity to meet many dear and life-long friends. She met all of life’s challenges with a smile and a sense of optimism that was inspiring.
Sharon was a very spiritual person and loved to read and research. She had an inner faith that life is more than our physical presence and had an inner peace that she carried from within. Her spiritual symbol is the peace dove.
Sharon loved sunrises and sunsets on the beach, running with friends, chocolate ice cream, turquoise blue, kitties, flowers, shopping at TJ Maxx, Macy’s, and Home Goods, cheeseburgers, pretty and fun things for no reason…just because, manis and pedis, hot pink, banana splits, convertibles, music, lipstick (Este Lauder color: “Candy”), perfume, reading, dancing, and shared meals with friends and family. Sharon loved her daughter Kelly, her family, extended and relative, her friends, and of course, her “Lucky Kitty” and everyone her spirit touched, most of all. She was a true inspiration and met everyone with a genuine kindness and positivity.
Sharon was the most amazing mother and best friend to her daughter. ~Girls Just Want To Have Fun~
A relaxed gathering will be held on Sunday, December 9th (around 5:00 pm) for sunset on Pass-a-Grille beach, at the end, near the jetty. We will be celebrating Sharon's life and her ashes will be released into the gulf. No black, please, just wear your favorite color and flip flops.
She will be dearly missed by all. Sharon continues to be a point of light in our universe. Her presence and joyful energy shines through everyone she met. ~Fly Free Peace Dove~