Sharon D Humphrey
Sharon D Humphrey
November 20, 1950 ‐ July 11, 2022
On July 11, 2022, A beautiful, bright soul was lost. Sharon was a dear friend to many, as well as being a cherished family member, a respected colleague, and an adored caretaker to her furry friends, wolfhounds and the five darlings.
Sharon Diane Humphrey, 71, of North Ridgeville Ohio, died Monday (July. 11th) at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born November 20th, 1950, in Syracuse NY the daughter of the late Chester and Mary (Ledger) Maahs. She was predeceased by her husband of 29 years Mark Wells Humphrey. Sharon’s memory and smile will forever live on in our hearts. To fill the emptiness will be a challenge, but knowing that she is pain-free now, after years of fighting cancer as valiantly and courageously as possible, her family and friends are confident that she is laughing and dancing, as she waits for us with arms extended in the afterlife. As one of her dearest friends said, “She has made our lives richer for having known her”.
Sharon graduated in 1972 from Kent State University, Kent Ohio with a degree in special education. After graduation Sharon remained in Ohio to which became home. Sharon was first and foremost, a dedicated Education Specialist and Administrator. She was a formidable force in pushing for policies and programs to benefit special needs students in numerous school districts.
Sharon worked for many Ohio school districts in an administrative capacity throughout her lifetime. Rocky River High, Director of Special education for Brunswick Schools, Director of Pupil Services, Elyria City School District, North Olmsted City School District. She retired from North Olmsted in 2007 as Director of Pupil Services. Sharon loved what she did and after her retirement quickly rejoined the workforce as a Director of Pupil Services in Westlake City School district, then later as a Consultant with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio. Sharon was an integral part of a schools’ instructional leadership team, initiating, overseeing, and developing programs providing services to students with exceptional learning needs. She was always dedicated to maximizing the potential of each student. Throughout her notable career, she served as an exceptional mentor to numerous special education teachers and aids.
Sharon had an adventurous spirit. Her interests and talents spanned across a vast variety of activities. Throughout her life she exhibited her love of the outdoors by snow skiing, sailboat racing, kayaking, gardening and so much more. She even held a black belt in Judo! In one adventure Sharon and Mark found a special place to make friends and memories on an Island in Canada called Pelee Island where they built a cottage on the water’s edge and spent many years enjoying the Pelee Life. Surviving relatives include sister Doris Withey Maahs, niece Julie Garoutte, both of Sante Fe NM; nephew Dan (Kay) Withey their children Jasmine and Jake of Anchorage AK; nephew Dave (Michelle) Withey their children Madlyn and Camden of Lacey WA; sister Barbara (William) Schneider of Elbridge NY; nephew Mark (JoAnn) Schneider of Elbridge NY; great niece Jana Schneider of Memphis NY; great nephew, Josh (Allyson) Schneider and their children Brynn, William, Hannah and Olivia of Marcellus NY; great nephew Sam (Allison) Schneider of New Iberia LA; niece Debbie Schneider (Ken Wolf) of Marcellus NY; stepdaughter Tara Anderson (Jason Myford), children Kayla Fawks her son Hayden Fawks; Jamie Anderson Jr., Alexander Anderson, Savannah Anderson all of Olmsted Falls, Ohio
A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at Thursday September 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm at Westlake United Methodist Church 27650 Center Ridge Road Westlake. A reception will follow at 8700 Gatewood Dr. North Ridgeville Ohio.
Sharon was an avid Irish Wolfhound lover. Memorial donations may be made to the Irish Wolfhound Club of America at https://www.iwclubofamerica.org/donations
Online condolences can be expressed at www.JenkinsFuneralChapel.com.