ROSE SHARON O'DONNELL Rose Sharon O'Donnell was born to Dave and Aileen Crockett on March 15, 1944 in Lawton, OK. She passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family on February 9, 2021.She was named Rose Sharon Crockett after the Irish Rose of Sharon. At age five, her family welcomed her younger brother, Jim. The family spent their first years in Houston, TX, then followed with brief periods of residence in Albuquerque, NM and Rapid City, SD before permanently settling in Las Vegas, NV in December of 1952. In June of 1954, her baby brother, David, joined the family. To her family, she was always Sharon or Shar, but her friends nicknamed her "Shari." Exceptionally intelligent, she was a brilliant student, attending St. Joseph's Elementary and Crestwood Elementary before attending Bishop Gorman High School where she was very popular and a member of the cheerleading team. Sharon was such a beautiful young girl that when Elvis Presley came to town in October of 1957, Sharon was contacted by Presley's publicist to be photographed at the El Rancho Vegas while Elvis serenaded her singing "Ivory Tower." After two years at Gorman, Sharon transferred to Las Vegas High School where she continued to excel academically and graduated in 1962. Sharon then attended University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, and later married Tim O'Donnell. They honeymooned in Europe for several months and even took an extended organized side tour into Russia when it was still the USSR then returned to Las Vegas where she chose to be a stay-at-home mother to raise their three sons, Michael, Jimmy, and Danny. She and Tim traveled the globe: Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Alaska, to name some of their favorite destinations. Sharon was a member of Nevada Watercolor Society, Las Vegas Artists Guild, Junior Mesquite, Junior League and Rotary. She was very athletic and became an accomplished skier and tennis player. Sharon and Tim divorced, and Sharon embarked on her new journey. She quickly established herself as capable of excelling in every professional endeavor she set her sights on: Director of Sales at Fielden Design Group; Director of Marketing and Sales for Sun Teleguide; Director of Marketing & Sales for HNLV; Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations for Signature Homes. She also served two terms on the Nevada Common Interest Community Commission and lobbied the Nevada State Legislature on HOA and construction Defect legislation. Throughout her life, Sharon demonstrated she was exceptionally gifted as an artist. Even as a pre-teen, she drew high-fashion models and couture that would have looked right at home on the pages of Vogue magazine. Thankfully, Sharon continued pursuing her artistic talents throughout her life and distinguished herself as a highly-accomplished painter in watercolors, acrylic, oil and mixed media and later added sculpting to her list of artistic accomplishments. Sharon received multiple awards for her work which has been displayed in art galleries and libraries throughout Southern Nevada and in the homes of people everywhere within and outside Nevada who have purchased her work. She said the joys of her life were, "Being a mother, being in the company of family and friends, painting and writing and visiting other countries." She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Dave and Aileen Crockett, her baby brother, David Crockett and her beloved daughter-in-law, Brenda O'Donnell, spouse of her son, Danny. She is survived by her son Michael; his wife, Terri Lynn; their daughter/Sharon's granddaughter, Jill Kirkpatrick and her husband, Drew; and their son/Sharon's great-grandson, Keagan Kirkpatrick. She is also survived by her son, Danny and his two daughters/Sharon's granddaughters, Sidney, and Shelby. She is also survived by her son, Jimmy. She is also survived by her brother, Jim, his wife, Tracy and Jim's daughter, Catherine. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Las Vegas Artists Guild, a 501(c) 3 entity, 1300 W. Sunset Rd. Suite 2109, Henderson, NV 89014, [email protected]
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 12, 2021.