Sharon Arlene Keyes was born on October 3, 1937, in Mandan, ND, to Rudolph (R.C.) and Louise Harken. She grew up in Cartersville and Forsyth, MT. Sharon was the second born of seven children. During high school, she met Craig Keyes and they were married in Miles City, MT, on November 26, 1955. They recently celebrated their sixty-first anniversary.
She was the proud mother of three sons: Kelly, born in 1957, Mark, 1959, and Wade 1960. After following Craig’s employment for many years, the family lived in Colstrip where she managed the B&R and Burtco grocery stores. The family moved back to Hysham where she spent thirty-eight years as the scale house clerk, during the sugar beet harvest season.
Sharon enjoyed many artistic abilities including oil painting, flower arranging, and other crafts. Growing flowers was her passion. She spent countless hours attending to her beautiful and much admired yard.
She was active in her community serving on the Hysham City Council, the Hysham Garden Club, and as a member of the Treasure County Senior Citizens. Sharon also spent many years judging flowers at the Rosebud/Treasure County Fair.
Family was very important to Sharon and she loved her travels for family gatherings along with trips overseas. Her memory was incredible and she was considered the family historian.
Sharon and Craig became snowbirds in recent years, spending their winters in Gold Canyon, AZ where they met many wonderful friends. Sharon immediately became knowledgeable with all the desert plants, birds, and wildlife.
Sharon passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Rosebud County Healthcare Center on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband Craig; sons: Kelly (Deb) of Gold Canyon, AZ, Mark (Barb) of Laurel, MT, Wade (Eileen) of Hysham, MT; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings: James Harken, Grant Harken, Lynne Miller, and Dana Harken. Sharon was preceded in death by her mother Louise; father Rudolph; and sisters: Shirley and Lois.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to all who helped care for Sharon during her illness, including the staff of the Arizona Oncology Network, the Frontier Cancer Center, and the Rosebud County Healthcare Center.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Yellowstone County Relay for Life.