With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to Sharon Lee McQuain, the extraordinary crossword puzzler, and beloved family matriarch. Sharon, a longtime Centerville, Ohio and Williamsburg, Virginia resident, passed away on April 15, 2023, at the age of 85. As the reigning champion of playful family arguments, she leaves behind a legacy filled with love, laughter, and a touch of sass. Sharon now joins a celestial choir, where her harmonies and divine April Fool’s pranks will undoubtedly keep the angels on their toes.
Born on a farm in Lima, Ohio, on October 5, 1937, to Byron and Ruth (McCarty) Ulrey, Sharon was the eldest of three sisters, Lynette Patraitas and Joan Baird, both of whom preceded her in their passing. The sisterly trio now reunites for heavenly family gatherings, engaging in angelic mischief, laughter, music, and feisty debates.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband and sparring partner, Dave McQuain, who initially won her heart with a clever library pick-up line and a deck of cards. Their love story produced four accomplished children: Dr. Mark McQuain of Johnson City, TN, Dr. Kent McQuain of Williamsburg, VA, Barry McQuain of Walnut Creek, CA, and Karen (McQuain) Ketzner of Gallatin, TN.
Sharon also leaves behind nephews Jason Baird, Jeremy Baird, Bruce Firlus, Kevin Ford, Dr. John Linscott, and Dr. Joe Linscott; nieces Terri Jensen, Kelly Santucci, Gloria Althenhaus, Mary Avery, and Jane Adams; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, all of whom will cherish her memory and continue her legacy of laughter and love. The family’s collective intellect and sense of humor stand as a testament to the influence of Sharon, the woman who could tackle crossword puzzles with a pen and who never met a chicken she liked.
In addition to her human family, Sharon leaves behind her feline partners in crime, Saucy and Casey, who will bask in the sunlit spots she loved.
A multi-talented artist, Sharon sang in her church choir at the Christ United Methodist Church and also played the piano with grace. A 1955 graduate of Shawnee High School, she later worked as a librarian, sharing her love for literature and knowledge. Sharon’s memory will live on in the hearts of her family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Her quick wit and infectious smile brought joy to every occasion. As we celebrate Sharon’s life, let us raise a glass in her honor.
A small memorial service will be held at Uncle Perry’s Farm near Glenville, WV, in June 2023, where family and friends will gather to celebrate Sharon’s life with laughter, music, and storytelling. Rest in peace, Sharon, and may your laughter echo throughout eternity
Sharon at 17