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Sharon Gartner
Sharon Gartner

Sharon Gartner, of Ocean Isle Beach, died July 21, 2015, after a two-and-a-half-year bout with leiomyosarcoma. She was 65.

She was an adored mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, cousin, mother-in-law and friend.

She was born Sharon Ivy Ellison on Nov. 27, 1949, and grew up in various towns in New Jersey, including Woodbridge, Cliffside Park and Union City. She attended Jersey City State College in the late 1960s – an era she always would always cherish for its energy, vibrance and music – graduating with a degree in art education.

She worked as an elementary school art teacher until her first son, Brian, was born, then became a full-time mother, which she considered to be her true calling. She was always quick to tell friends (and strangers) how proud she was of Brian and his younger brother, Kevin, and then, years later, how proud she was of her grandchildren.

Starting in her teenage years, art was a hugely important part of Sharon’s life. She was a talented and prolific visual artist and her work – including oil portraits, watercolor landscapes and pastel still-lifes – always adorned the walls of her home as well as the occasional gallery.

Sharon will be remembered as a warm, gentle, loving, open-minded, witty and supportive woman and as someone with tremendous resilience, courage and strength when she needed it.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Bruce; sons, Brian and Kevin Felix; daughters-in-law, Bridget and Marissa Felix; grandchildren, Sean, Gavin, Ben and Edie Felix; brother, Howard Ellison; and mother, Ethel Ellison.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470. Casual attire is okay. A gathering will be held following the service at 3 p.m. at the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge Plantation. You can use this address to get you to the front gate: 53 Ocean Ridge Parkway S.W., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. Once you enter, please follow Ocean Ridge Parkway and the Plantation Club will be your first turn on the left.

In lieu of flowers, Sharon requested that donations be made in her name to the Brunswick County Animal Services, P.O. Box 92, Supply, NC 28462.

Please leave online condolences for the family at White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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