Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence-Roberts
Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence-Roberts, age 67, passed away unexpectedly July 18, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Born in Lake Placid on Aug. 5, 1952, Sharon was the daughter of the late Julia A. (Demar) and Reginald J. Whitman. Upon completion of high school, Sharon married the love of her life, Leander H. Lawrence Sr., on Aug. 13, 1977. He predeceased her on Feb. 3, 2017. Sharon married her second love, Stephen E. Roberts. on Aug. 23, 2017. He also predeceased her on Nov. 13, 2019. Sharon had been residing in Punta Gorda, Florida, prior to her passing.
Sharon is survived by her daughters Tonya L. (Chris) Woodard of Saranac Lake and Tara (Reginald) Johnson of Rochester, her son Sean-Michael Lawrence of Saranac Lake, and her sister Shirley (Rip) Allen of Saranac Lake. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Brendan, Cody and Nicholas Woodard, Savannah and Julianne Pickreign, and Braiden and Madison Montour; two great-grandchildren, Autumn (Bearden) Woodard and Alexander Woodard; and her great-grandchild due in January 2021.
She was predeceased by her sister Mary (Jim) Gagnon of Crown Point on May 25, 2020.
Sharon worked at Uihlein Mercy Center (Elderwood) for many, many years as a CNA and as a private home health aide prior to her early retirement. During her career and retirement, Sharon made many lifelong friends along the way. When you first met Sharon, it was an instant like; she was a quiet, down-to-earth and quirky woman whom you just fell in love with. She enjoyed Sunday rides to Vermont and early-bird lawn sales on Saturdays. She loved spending time with her family and Saturday nights with Lee at the American Legion listening to country music. She used to wake Julianne, Savannah, Sean and Braiden up early in the morning to show them the dolphins jumping in the ocean (when on vacation in Virginia Beach). They also said how she used to bring them down to the beach to collect seashells together. She also loved her (once upon a time) breakfast and dinner phone calls with her sister Shirley. That was the highlight of her day. One of her newest and most loved adventures was with her great-granddaughter Autumn, who had become her Saturday date partner, spending the day going wherever Autumn wanted to go: shopping, riding her scooter in a parking lot or stopping at Teddy’s in Bloomingdale to get their favorite ice cream. They always came back with lots of laughs and memories to share.
Following Sharon’s wishes of cremation, there will be a funeral service on Tuesday, July 28 at 3 p.m. at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid. Burial will follow at the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid. Friends wishing to remember Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence (Roberts) may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 255 George Lapan Memorial Highway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Funeral arrangements are in care of M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or story, upload a photo or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
(Correction: An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly said there will be a reception at the American Legion in Lake Placid following the burial.)