On June 4, 2020, Sharon passed away of natural causes surrounded and comforted by her children, grandchildren, sisters and friends at the time of her passing. Sharon was 78 years old.
Sharon Mullaney was born in Butte, MT on January 17, 1942. She was the second child, and first daughter, of Elizabeth (Conrady) and Gerald W. Mullaney. Sharon grew up in Walkerville, attended Saint Lawrence Elementary School and graduated from Butte High School class of 1960. She completed one year at Montana State University. In 1962, Sharon married Richard Quinn. Shortly after they were married, the Quinns moved to Las Vegas, NV. Sharon and Richard have four children, John, Tracy, Joe and Mark. Richard and Sharon divorced in 1975 and Sharon and her children returned to their hometown, Butte. Each summer Sharon would pack up the station wagon and take the kids on a vacation to Lake Blaine, or Seeley Lake. Some of their best family memories occurred on these summer vacations.
Sharon married Charlie Andreas in 1989 and they divorced 2 years later. The person Sharon enjoyed spending her time with most was her longtime friend Ron Nelson. Sharon and Ron were together 18 years and enjoyed going for drives, planting flowers, going to Ron’s favorite fishing spots and spoiling her grandkids. She was an avid reader and could often be found on her back porch enjoying the sunshine, reading a good book. She loved taking care of her yard and had the most beautiful flowers in her neighborhood.
Nobody worked harder to provide for her family. Sharon worked for many local businesses, often 2-3 jobs at once to support herself and her 4 kids. She spent most of her career in the propane industry, working for Petrolane, AmeriGas and finally becoming part owner and office manager of Propane Services Inc. Sharon was known for her friendly nature, customer service and ability to recall the addresses, delivery times, and contract numbers for her customers. It was a great source of pride to her that she knew her customers by first name and they knew her. Sharon retired in 2007 at the age of 65.
Sharon’s greatest treasures in her life were her children and grandchildren. She took immense pride in being a great mom to her kids and all their friends. Her door was open to all. Family gatherings were her favorite times and everyone was always welcomed at Sharon’s table. Her house was always the neighborhood hangout, often with kids spending a night or two and waking up to a home cooked breakfast. Sharon loved to spoil her grandkids and loved for them to come and stay the weekend in her home.
Dementia stole the last decade of Sharon’s life, she spent the last 4 years at The Springs Memory Facility. We would like to share our gratitude to the staff of The Springs for making her life comfortable and caring for her during these trying years. Sharon finally succumbed to Dementia after falling and breaking a hip. She was surrounded by her family.
Sharon Quinn is survived by son John and his daughters McKenna and Josey, Great Falls MT, daughter Tracy (David) Elder and their sons Matthew and Quinn, Idaho Falls ID, son Joseph (Shelley) and their daughters Jordan and Dylan, Polson MT, son Mark (Lori) and their son Eli and daughter Mason, Frenchtown MT. She is also survived by sister Ginny Mullaney, Butte and her son Ben (Brooke) Crase, San Diego CA, sister Kathy (George) Hatch, Whitehall, nephew Pat Mullaney, Bozeman and nephew Mike (Cyndi) Mullaney and their son JJ, Butte. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Elizabeth Mullaney and her brother, Wes and his son Jerry.
A memorial service for Sharon will be held on Saturday July 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 329 W. Mercury St, Butte. A reception will follow at the Finlen Hotel, 100 E Broadway, Butte.
Sharon was always generous with her time volunteering for the Festival of Trees, Grandma program assisting teachers at West Elementary and helping abused women and children at the Safe Space Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program. In lieu of flowers, Sharon would have appreciated if donations were made to Safe Space Inc., PO Box 594, Butte MT 59703.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Sharon. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services is privileged to care for Sharon and her family.
Saturday July 25, 2020
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Butte, Montana 59701
Saturday July 25, 2020
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Butte, Montana 59701
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Ashleigh Preston says
My thoughts and prayers to Sharons family. It was such an honor to care for her all these years. Through all of the ups and downs, She brought so much joy to my days. I am so happy you are finally at peace and free of pain. I will miss you Sharon!
Ashleigh (or Marcie as you would often call me) ❤️❤️
Elena Nelson says
Sharon was such a wonderful lady. She carried herself with such grace. Her family always came first and she worked very hard her entire life. She treated our children has if they were her own. She always has a special place in our hearts. Ron Sr. adored her like no other. They had many special memories and he enjoys sharing them with his family. Our thoughts and prayers to her family. With love always Ron, Elena, Wade, and Madison Nelson
Carole Fanning says
My thoughts and prayers for comfort during this time for Sharons family.🙏🏻🌷
Joyce Kuecks says
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sharon was a great person and so much fun. Ron and I send prayers to you all. Cherish her memories. Room and Joyce Kuecks
Theresa McBride says
My dad, John Matule, from the Rustic, thought the world of Sharon. He passed 2 days after she did. Boy, there’s going to be a lot of stories exchanged and a lot of laughs in heaven! Beautiful lady and a pleasure to have known her
John Thatcher says
My heart is sad… beautiful human being…. My condolences to the family…
My Sincere Condolences to Kathy And Ginny , I’m glad I got to meet Sharon and do her hair that one time , she was pretty and Gracious. I will pray for her soul and all of her family . ❤️🙏❤️
Marlene Miller says
Prayers for all of the family. Sharon was a nice lady.
Nadia Crawford says
My prayers and love go to all who loved and knew Sharon . I had the privilege of taking care of Sharon and I feel so blessed to have been able to be given the opportunity to take care of Sharon (My Sunshine as I called you). Sunshine because even on your down days you were able to always make me smile. I will miss Sharon.💖
Love, Nadia Crawford
Gail and Dave Barney says
Sharon was a special person and wonderful friend. I met her when I became director of the Paul Clark home and The Festival of Trees was our major fundraiser. Sharon was a lifesaver to me. She was my right hand lady all those years. I could always depend on Sharon and we had so much fun! She loved the festival and put so much into it. I couldn’t have done it without her help!
Sharon loved her family and was so very proud of them. She loved to talk about her kids and grandkids, they were her life.
We enjoyed being in Red Hats together, even took a trip to Great Falls on the bus for the state convention.
Dave and I went to Vegas with her and Ron, unfortunately she got sick and missed the girly show but we had lots of fun anyway.
We shared many lunches during those years, her favorite was a chicken Malibu sandwich and she knew which restaurants had the best ones.
Sharon had a big heart and would do anything for anyone.
Love and prayers to you all,
Kelly Parsons says
John, Joe, Mark & Tracy and families – sorry for your loss. Hugs & prayers to you all.
Mark Lambrecht says
I’m so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.