Former Gypsum town clerk Sharon Keigley, 1942-2008
Sharon Mary Delano Keigley, a former Gypsum town clerk, passed away Thursday surrounded by her loving family.
Sharon had been on vacation with her sisters in California and flew back to Salt Lake City, Utah, to spend a few days with her son, Jack, when she became ill, and was hospitalized with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
She fought hard for three and a half weeks before joining her late husband, James Denzil Keigley, whom she had missed terribly for three years.
Sharon was born on May 6, 1942, in Powell, Wyo., to Mary and Arlie Delano of Frannie, Wyo. She was the 12th of 13 children and was raised on the dairy farm that her father homesteaded.
She graduated from high school in 1960 and married Jim that same summer. After living in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming for seven years , hey settled in Gypsum in 1967, where they raised their five children.
Sharon went back to work once their children were in school. She worked as the librarian in the Gypsum Community Library for several years, then for Gypsum Sanitation District until it merged with the town of Gypsum.
Sharon served as deputy town clerk for a number of years before becoming town clerk for the following 18 years. After taking an early retirement in 1998, she and Jim moved to Grand Junction to enjoy their retirement years.
They spent their time traveling, boating, camping, oil painting, and making porcelain statues and dolls. Sharon used one of her many talents, sewing, to dress the dolls, like she did her daughters and granddaughters, in fancy little dresses, which she loved to make. Many locals and family members will treasure the handmade gifts they received from the Keigleys for many years to come.
Sharon is survived by her children, Lorynda and Mike Fowler, of Gypsum, Jim, Jr., of Silt, Jack and Jackie Keigley, of Riverton, Utah, Lisa and Paul Gordon, of Gypsum, and Leah Keigley; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; siblings; Clifford Asay, of Taos, N.M., Maxine Wambeke, of Deaver, Wyo., Ethel Krecklow of Chula Vista, Calif., Arleen Christianson of Billings, Mont., and Carolyn Petty of Federal Way, Wash.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3076 E1/2 Road, Grand Junction. Interment will be at 1 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 D Road, Grand Junction.
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