Lizbeth Guymon Sharpe, our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully Friday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. She had struggled for some time with health issues and put up a valiant fight to be with her loving family as long as possible. She died quietly surrounded by her loving family.
Liz was born July 24, 1954 and celebrated Pioneer Day faithfully every year.
She lived in Blanding most of her life and graduated from San Juan High, Class of 1972. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Brigham Young University in 1976.
After graduation from BYU, she served a faithful mission in the Scotland Glasgow Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She had tremendous faith and a sure knowledge of the living gospel of Jesus Christ. Her entire life she was eager to share the restored gospel and encouraged her sons to serve as well.
Upon return from her mission, she started working as a Business Teacher at Ticaboo, UT and then San Juan High, where she helped publish several instructional computer books for high school and college use in For-tran and Pascal computer language, as well as Data Processing. She loved teaching students how to use computers and how to be successful.
On September 7, 1985 she married the love of her life, Edwin Duane (Chip) Sharpe, in the Manti LDS Temple.
They started their family, quickly adopting Chad McDonald in January, 1986. They soon added number two in May, and it was not long before there were six boys and several friends and foster children bouncing off the walls.
It was also a continual effort of remodeling the family home and making room for all. The house was finally finished in 2008 with the help of family and friends.
Liz had a philosophy of never leaving anyone out, play fair, and always provide food. There was always a full house on the weekends.
In 1988, Liz finished a lifetime goal by earning a Master’s Degree in Community Education with an Administrative Endorsement. She was proud to be an educator and took her profession very serious, as she truly felt she could influence young people to make a difference. She never had a bad student although several gave her grey hair and sleepless nights.
She was the Vice-Principal at Whitehorse High School from 1990 to 1997 and then returned to Blanding and teaching at ARL Middle School. She retired in 2011, but soon joined her husband in Alaska, where she taught for another three years.
In 2005 Liz was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and started the fight to remain with her boys who she loved.
One of her fondest memories was the night her hair started falling out. Several of the young men in town came to visit, and they had all shaved their heads to help her feel better, and it worked. Although she cried most of the night.
The last four years of her life, she struggled with many health issues related to low spinal pressure.
On November 26, she fell at the Main Street Maverick in Cedar City, UT and was unconscious for nine days.
Although she was beginning to make progress and recover, she recently developed pneumonia and a blood clot which took her life.
She is survived by two loving sisters, Carolyn (Gary) Larsen and Doris Guymon; brother Dennis (Asenath) Guymon; and six boys, Chad (Joni) McDonald, Colby (Julie), Tranner (Tiffany), Brinton (Aleesha), Lewis (Kayla), Cooper (Samantha); and 14 grandkids, with two more on the way. Liz loved her boys and all their friends. She is also survived by her loving husband, Chip Sharpe.
She was awesome in every way to us. She will always be missed, as we move forward with the knowledge that she is in a better place and no longer has to suffer.