Sharon Sue (Wolfe) Railey, 72, Richmond, lost her battle with cancer in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2018. Sharon passed peacefully with loved ones at her side. She was received in the loving arms of Jesus and others along with her beloved little black poodle, Tuffy Eugene, who died Nov. 3, 2018, waiting to greet her.
Sharon was born Nov. 22, 1945, to Orville Eugene and Ruby Arline (Parrish) Wolf at the Lawson Train Depot on Thanksgiving Day. Her father was a foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad, which meant residing at the depot. The family later relocated to Henrietta where Sharon grew up. She attended school in Henrietta, Carrolton and Hardin.
Sharon began her career at Price Candy Factory in Richmond, where she made life-long friends. She also worked at the Hardin Journal newspaper. Later, Sharon helped operate a travel agency in Excelsior Springs, which gave her the opportunity to live out her passion as a world-wide traveler. Sharon settled in her Henrietta home for many years next to her parents.
Sharon’s life was dedicated to loving family, especially her grandchildren and friends. She had a giving heart through organizations such as the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls who later joined and became a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Sharon was also the founding member of the Red Hatters in Lexington.
Sharon is a child of God. She was baptized as a young girl at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. She later continued her walk of faith at the Christian Fellowship Ministries Church in Richmond where she remained a life member.
If you were lucky enough to know Sharon you knew she was a classy lady, a loyal friend and a dedicated sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed.
Survivors include son, Loren E. Railey of Henrietta; a god-daughter, Johnna Bowman and husband, Bret of Richmond; a sister, Billie Jean King and husband, Raymond of Hardin; granddaughters, Jami Graham of Henrietta and Brooke Stark and husband, Ethan of Liberty; great-granddaughters, Alliana Graham and Evelyn Douglas, both of Henrietta. Aunt Sharon was loved by her nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by two sisters, Arvalee Joyce Wolfe and Donna Ruth Swartzlander.
Sharon’s family and friends would like to extend a grateful heart of gratitude to Dr. Maureen Sheehan and team at the KU Medical Center, the Oncology care team, fifth floor, North Kansas City Hospital and the Kansas City Hospice House, for their exceptional care and their support during her battle with cancer.
Per Sharon’s request, her inurnment will be at Memory Gardens in Richmond, next to her parents. A celebration Of life will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at the Christian Fellowship Ministry Church, Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice Foundation, American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society.