Sharilee (Shari) Brower our sweet beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend transitioned into the next life on October 5, 2021, in South Jordan, Utah after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Shari was born March 28, 1946, in her grandparents’ home in Preston, Idaho to Samuel Thane and Wilda Manning Brower. They lived at the family ranch in Weston Idaho and later moved to Preston then subsequently Deweyville. The family later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she attended Sherman Elementary, Evergreen Junior High, and Skyline High School where she graduated in 1964. Later in life, she attended Westminster College. While attending Evergreen Jr High, she won first place in a school district-wide typing contest.
Shari married Jim Holt in 1964 and later divorced in 1980, together they had their three children. Shari remarried in 1984 and later divorced.
Shari worked for the State of Utah, Department of Business Regulation, Division of Public Utilities from approximately 1970 until 1982, and then worked for the US Postal Service, Purchasing Division in Utah, Alaska, and Colorado until she retired in August of 2002 and moved back to Utah a few years later.
Shari loved playing piano and the accordion, gardening, cooking, attending family reunions, jazzercise, camping, boating, waterskiing, and cleaning. Her house was immaculate and organized. Mom was a classy woman and always dressed the nines. When she lived outside of Utah, she traveled back home often for birthdays, holidays, and to spend time with her family. Her greatest joy later in life were her grandchildren.
Shari was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she taught relief society, primary and young women where she chaperoned the youth on a Nauvoo Illinois trip.
When Shari’s disease advanced and she needed more care, she moved into Sunridge Assisted Living in West Jordan, Utah then later moved to the Sheridan of South Jordan, and the last couple of months of her life were at Pheasant Run Memory Care in South Jordan, Utah.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Trina Anderson who cared for mom during the first 3 years in assisted living, first at Sunridge and later at The Sheridan of South Jordan. Trina was by mom’s side during some very difficult times, held her hand and loved her, and made her feel safe when the family was not there. We are forever grateful for you Trina and the bond you shared with our mom.
We also give a special thank you to all of the other staff who cared for mom. She knew all your names and loved joking around with you, teasing you, and making smart comments. She especially liked flirting with the guys who cared for her.
Shari is survived by her children, Leslee Donio (Kim), Mike Holt (Kristen), Ron Holt. Grandchildren Aaron Hardman (Natalie Rundle), Brooke Hardman, Brianne Hardman (Brittany Bates), and Morgan Holt. Great-granddaughters Delilah Rundle, Azaleah Hardman. Sisters Teresa Whitney and Maureen Kunz. Nephews David Blankenship, Wade Whitney and family, niece Trisha Whitney and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, nephew Tom Whitney, and son-in-law Robert Durrant.
Mom’s passing has left a void in all our hearts, and we are comforted knowing she is now our guardian angel.
A viewing will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 11-12 pm, followed by a graveside service at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah.
Shari will always have a special place in my heart! We had many adventures together! Loved sharing chocolate bars together, oatmeal raisin cookies, outings, and quiet talks together in my office. An incredible woman! My condolences to you as a family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I’m sending Prayers for peace and comfort to Shari’s family at this time. Love, from her cousin, Marianne Manning Masuda
Sincere sympathy and blessings of peace in your loss. May all the wonderful memories of times together bring you comfort and understanding at this very difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we love each of you.
Lynn, Frankie Holt and Family
This senior high school picture is how I remember Shari. She was my friend Teresa's beautiful and mature big sister that I really looked up to and wanted to be like. I remember when Leslee was born, a gorgeous, curly headed baby, and how cool I thought it was that Shari was a mom. Shari was definitely a role model for me and memorable part of my history. My sincere condolences to Teresa, "little sister" Maureen and the entire family. Rest in Peace Shari. I think fondly of you.
Dee (Price) Thorell