Sharon Kelley Moorhead, 75, of St. Petersburg died peacefully July 21, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Fort Lauderdale, the oldest of three in a proud Irish clan. While growing up, the family lived overseas, including El Salvador and Vietnam, kindling Sharon’s curiosity about the world and appreciation for language, culture and travel. She attended Barry College and the University of Florida, where she worked on the Florida Alligator student newspaper and met Jim Moorhead. They were married in 1967 and moved to St. Petersburg.
Over the years, she became involved with numerous local organizations, including the Childbirth League, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic School, Friends of the Library, Congregations United for Community Action and St. Petersburg Business & Professional Women, accumulating an ever-growing circle of friends.
As a mother to two daughters she was wise, graceful and patient. She was not a quintessential homemaker, but she made everyone she met feel at home. She never learned to sew, resulting in costumes that were sometimes held together with tape and staples. Little things like holiday menus stressed her out, but she was unshakable in times of tragedy and hardship. She saved greeting cards from her daughters, love notes from Jim and old letters from her parents, and kept prayer cards from funerals of loved ones in a dresser.
Throughout her life she was guided by her Catholic faith and embraced its doctrine of serving God by serving others. She never retired, continuing to do writing and editing work for local clients to keep her mind active. She treasured being a grandmother.
She is survived by Jim; and their two daughters, McKell Moorhead and Molly Moorhead (John Sessa) and two adoring grandsons, Kepa and Luca Sessa, all of St. Petersburg; and her sister, Colleen Dunn (Ken) of Fort Lauderdale. A funeral Mass will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg at 10 am Saturday, July 28. Reception to follow at Grace Lutheran Church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a donation to the Pinellas Education Foundation with her name and Vyrle Davis Scholarship on the memo line.