In Memory of Sharon Lee Wandler
June 20, 1945 - August 5, 2012
A beloved friend, surrendered her earthly suffering and entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Sunday morning, August 5, 2012.
Sharon Lee Wandler was born on June 20, 1945, in San Francisco, California, to Edward and Virginia (Warren) Hanson. Business brought Sharon and her family to Washington, and she lived in the Nile Valley and Naches areas.
Sharon worked in finance and accounting throughout her professional years, serving 24 dedicated years as the Finance Director at the Yakima Housing Authority. She took pride in helping others acquire homes, in being a good steward of tax payers' money, and in being part of her team. She continued to take joy in strengthening her community by volunteering for the Naches School District, becoming treasurer of the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Fund. During a rally with her recent illness, Sharon shared how she longed to recover in order to continue her efforts for the students in her community.
Sharon was a spitfire. She was feisty, and had the ability to avoid taking herself too seriously. With her keen wit, she helped others to gain a sense of perspective. She shared fiercely loyal friendships, and lived in the certainty that she and her friends would do anything for each other.
Sharon was a gifted mentor and devoted grandmother who filled her schedule with grandchildren's events: school events, sports, plays and school programs. She was a nurturer, tending her home garden and the garden of human beings who graced her life. She continues to be a source of inspiration. Even through her illness, her faith was undeterred and her soul was prepared.
The drawing from our YHA youth who is a 2018 national poster contest winner was incorporated into a water bottle design. The bottles are manufactured by Liberty Bottle Works, a local agency. These bottles are available for purchase and all proceeds will go to support the Sharon Wandler Scholarship. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle to help support our youth in their pursuit of higher education, please click here for the order form. *Order form coming soon*
“What Home Means to Me”
My home means to me my world where I can get peace, love, and neighbors get along; where kids go outside on the playground and play. The smell of a good breakfast made by my mom in the kitchen, where friends come over and enjoy our home, my place is a quiet area… my mom likes to have a nice relaxing time and I like the feeling of a warm and secure home: a safe place when I go to sleep every night, dreaming that the next morning I will wake up in my home with my family full of happiness and joy. …That is what my home means to me.
By: Jannely Z.
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