Sharon Lou (Ladd) Marler, daughter of the late Walter and Ruby Irene (Burris) Ladd, was born July 29, 1947, in Fairfield, Nebraska. She passed away December 10, 2018, at her residence in Hartville, Missouri, with family and friends by her side. She was 71 years, four months, and 12 days of age.
Sharon graduated in 1965 from Clay Center High School in Clay Center, Nebraska. She worked at Clay County Bank for two years before attending College of the Ozarks, where she met Jimmie Lee Marler. They were married on December 21, 1969, and one son, Steven James, was born to this union.
Sharon received a bachelor of science in education degree, a master of education degree, and an education specialist in administration degree from Southwest Missouri State University, now known as Missouri State University. She taught grades pre-K to 12 for 19 years, teaching at Manes and Norwood schools, and served as elementary principal at Plainview, Cabool, and Norwood schools.
Sharon truly cared for children. She served as president of the board for Wright County Children’s Home in Norwood, Missouri, for thirteen and one half years where she helped with many successful benefit auctions. She taught classes for Southwest Baptist University and Drury University. Sharon had mentored almost 200 children and over 200 adults in the field of teaching and social work. She was a member and secretary/recorder of Wright County Missouri Retired Teachers Association.
After their son, Steven, graduated from College of the Ozarks and Drury University with a master’s degree, he married and had two sons, Jackson Thomas Gage Marler and Pilot James Marler. These grandsons were very precious to Sharon. She loved doing art projects, cooking, and watching Disney movies with them. She enjoyed watching them play sports and especially liked helping with their birthday parties. Sharon also absolutely loved everything about Christmas.
Sharon was saved as a young girl and was baptized at Clay Center Congregation Church when she was in the eighth grade. Sharon and Jimmie attended Rock Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where she wrote church articles for the newspaper.
Sharon and Jimmie would have celebrated 49 years of marriage this year on December 21. Jimmie was always supportive and helped her with proms and other school activities, the children’s home auctions, and with her doctor appointments.
Sharon never met a stranger and cared deeply about her family, friends, and former students. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Besides her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by an infant brother, Larry Lewis Ladd.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Marler, of the home; son, Steven Marler of Springfield, Missouri; three grandsons, Jackson Marler, Pilot Marler, and Reese Bassett, all of Springfield; two sisters, Susan Watson (Ron) of Exeter, Missouri, and Kay Pearcey (Don) of Springfield, Missouri; three special nieces, Christina Larsen (Tim) and children Corinne, Ian, and Olivia of Rogers, Arkansas, Amanda Crane (Adam) and children Bailey, Darryn, and Logan of Saskatoon, Canada, and Kim (Marler) Smith and son Zane of Bowling Green, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Billie Marler (Judy) of Kennett, Missouri, and Jerriel Marler (Barbara) of Memphis, Tennessee; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Haney (Bill) of Memphis, Tennessee, and Carolyn James of DeKalb, Illinois; special friends, Karma Murr, Gary and Karen Sinning, and Justin Sinning, who was like a second son, and his family, and other family, friends, and church family who will miss her very much.
Visitation was held Friday, December 14, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., also at the church, with Rev. Rick Batten and Rev. Stanley Jones officiating. Song selections were “It Is No Secret” sung by the Rock Chapel Church Choir, “Wish You Were Here” sung by Jamie Guilliams, and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” sung by Stanley and Glenda Jones. Sharon Renfrow served as pianist. Jamon Gray, Jeremy Dugger, Josh Williams, Keith Murr, Justin Sinning, and Francis Kelley served as pallbearers. Tony Serghides, Ron Watson, Gary Sinning, Jerriel Marler, Robert Fields, Don Pearcey, Zane Smith, Pilot Marler, Reese Bassett, Jackson Marler Billie Marler, J.C. Williams, and Jim Pendergrass served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Wright County Children’s Home c/o the funeral home.