Sharon Louise Greene was born Feb. 11, 1944 in Tulsa, Okla. to Gent and Louise Welsh. As a little girl she and her siblings moved with her parents to Southern California.
She came to the Owens Valley as a young adult and by the time she was 25 she had five children. Sharon was a free-spirited woman and in 1973 she moved her family to Alaska, where she built a cabin in the woods in the Matanuska Valley. She taught Belly Dancing at the University of Alaska and beadwork and basket weaving through an elementary arts program. She loved art.
Over the years she worked her way through many art forms, including oils, pastels, watercolor and most recently china painting. She played the guitar and sang, writing many of her own songs. She could make a pattern from a paper sack and sew just about anything. She loved gardening and always had something blooming in her home.
In 1986, Sharon moved to Hilo, Hawaii where she opened an art gallery. She loved Hawaii and the Hawaiian people. For health reasons, she was forced to leave the islands and ended up living in many different locations over the next 25 years. She had recently returned to the Owens Valley to be closer to some of her family.
Sharon passed away Oct. 1, 2012 due to injuries from a recent auto accident west of Lone Pine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gent and Louise Welsh; her brother, Gene Welsh; and her daughter, Spring Greene. She is survived by her brother, Gent Welsh of McCall, Idaho; her sister; Kay Swain of Payette, Idaho; her sons, Gent Greene and Corey Rossi of Wasilla, Alaska; her son, Gene Greene of Hilo Hawaii; and her daughter, ShaleAnn Cluff of Bishop, Calif.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Big Pine Cemetery.
A gathering of food, friends and family will follow at Cardinal Village Resort.