Sharon Rich

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sharon A. Rich, 62, passed away on May 13, 2016, at St. Luke's Boise following heart complications. She was surrounded by loving family. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Sharon was born in Edmond, Okla., on Nov. 4, 1953, to Pauline and Bert Powell. She grew up with three siblings: two older sisters, Judy and Susie, and a younger sister, Donna.

They continued to live in Oklahoma for a period of time before moving to the Oregon area. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1971, she worked various jobs, including housekeeping and working at Portland General Electric.

During the time right after high school, Sharon met Randy Rich. They saw each other off and on for a period of time before eventually going their separate ways. Randy went into the U.S. Air Force while Sharon stayed in the Portland area.

After many years in the Air Force, Randy returned to the Oregon area and reconnected with Sharon. On Dec. 6, 1989, they welcomed their first child, Bryan, in Portland. Just a few weeks later, on Dec. 29, 1989, Randy and Sharon were married. They would go on to have a second child, Andrew, just a short time later on March 1, 1991, this time while stationed in South Carolina.

Randy continued to be in the Air Force until shortly after Andrew's birth, and the family settled in Mountain Home. Sharon became a housewife and raised her two boys.

During these earlier lives, Sharon showed her loving nature by helping friends and others by running a home day-care for children. Sometimes having upwards of 10 small children in the house, Sharon was able to keep up and loved teaching them how to grow up.

Later in the years in Idaho, Sharon moved on to a love of flowers and flower arrangements. She quickly took to the trait and was doing arrangements for a local business as well as running floral departments for stores in the area.

Sharon continued to do this for as long as her hands allowed her to do so, and even so afterwards. After Sharon was a cook and bartender for the Mountain Home Elks Lodge, where she continued to spread her caring nature and attitude for more of the community.

Sharon was regarded by many as a hardworking, selfless individual. She would never include herself in anything but was always more than willing to help anyone who needed it. Her bright smile, contagious laughter, and strong presence will be missed by any who knew her.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Randy; her two sons, Bryan and Andrew; her daughter-in-law, Starley; her mother, Pauline, and her sisters, Judy, Susie and Donna. Sharon was preceded in death by her father.

A Celebration of Life in Sharon's name will be held at a future date.