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     Rev. Sharon Kay Garfield, age 68, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 surrounded by her family at her home.

     Sharon was born June 30, 1945 at Watseka, Illinois, one of the four children of Earl and Velma (Tuttle) Garfield.   She moved with her family to Lamar in 1948.  After graduating from Lamar High School, Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree from Park College and a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.  She then embarked on a life-long calling in United Methodist Church ministry, much of it in inner city missions.  Serving in Kansas City for more than forty years, Sharon was on staff at Grace United Community Ministries, was CEO of Mission Agency, established and worked at the New House Battered Women’s Shelter.   In 1986, she was called to Washington D.C. where she was the UMC Peace With Justice Director for four years.  Sharon retired and returned to Lamar in 2011 to be near family.

    Survivors include two brothers, Walter (Jane) Garfield and Rev. Larry (Dorris) Garfield, and a sister, Virginia (Joel) Berry all of Lamar.  “Aunt Shay” will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by her nephews and nieces, Pamela (Rev. Wayne) Coble, Rev. Mark (Kenda) Garfield, Gregory (Tracy) Berry, Terry Garfield & Chelsea Clements, Rev. Jonathan Kent (Karen) Garfield, and Rev. Bryan (Carmen) Garfield, Tim (Tracy) Booth, Erin (Mark) Lawrence, and Christopher Berry.  She delighted in her 37 great-nephews and great-nieces; and 16 great-great nephews & nieces.  Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Michael Allen Garfield.

     The Garfield family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8th at Oakton United Methodist Church where a celebration service honoring Sharon’s life will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery in Lamar.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace United Community Ministries, Oakton United Methodist Church or Lamar First Assembly of God in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#4 LamarBob and Janet Sitton 2014-03-09 07:41
Sharon was such a bright light to so many that needed hope and love. She blessed people. I feel God is assuring her, "Well done my good and faithful servant."
#3 Fort Worth, TXLeon & Arleta 2014-03-08 07:45
We share in your loss and extend our condolences. We also share in your knowledge that Sharon is now with the Lord with no more suffering.
There are many happy memories & I am sorry we cannot be there today.
#2 MissouriRev Ron & Ronda Marler 2014-03-07 11:52
Virginia and family, we are so very sorry for your loss and we are holding you up in prayer during this difficult time. All our Love, The Marlers
#1 Kansas City, MissouriHarry Foockle 2014-03-07 07:48
As a long time colleague of Sharon's this is what I know..."She Made A Difference!"

My thoughts and prayers to the Garfield family.

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