January 1, 1937 - February 1, 2019
Sharon Kay Fitzpatrick, age 82, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday February 1, 2019 with family by her side. She was born to Albert Joseph Moore and Catherine (Clarke) Moore on January 1, 1937 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. After her mother’s death at a very young age, Sharon became a caregiver to her younger siblings until she left to pursue her calling at Marymount College in Salina Kansas, where she earned a degree in nursing. It was there in Salina where she met and married the love of her life, Jerry Oliver Fitzpatrick who preceded her in death in 2009.
She lived an exemplary life of compassion and courage. For 30 years she worked as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, emergency rooms, and private practices in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and California. She was a deeply caring, kind, and genuinely empathetic person which not only made for an outstanding nurse, but a wonderful friend to all who knew her. She loved to love on others, especially those who had any health challenges. She had a servant heart and would readily lend her gifts and talents as a nurse to help with medical treatments or advice to any acquaintance, but as a devout Catholic, it is safe to say that she also lifted you up in prayer during those times. (She knew her limitations)
In 1990 she was diagnosed with a very aggressive life threatening form of Leukemia. She retired from nursing, became the patient, and launched an all out war on cancer. This was a very tough battle that she met with unbelievable courage, grit and determination. Through the grace of God, skilled physicians, Sharon’s mental toughness, and an incredible support network of friends and family, she was officially declared cured in 1997. While she won that battle, it would not be her last. In all, she had a half dozen different cancers in her lifetime, but she never let cancer beat her. In fact, she became somewhat of an expert on the subject and helped inspire other people who were waging their own cancer battles. Even though she had cancer at the end of her life, she actually succumbed to pulmonary disease that stemmed from asthma and other respiratory ailments that date back to her childhood.
Sharon loved to paint, volunteer, go to movies or musicals with her friends, watch tennis, or root on her Nebraska Cornhuskers and Dallas Cowboys football teams, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and playing games with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children Michael (Shelley) of Murrieta, California, and Marc (Michelle) of Plano, TX, brother Albert Lansberry Moore (Alphie) of North Platte, Nebraska, and her two grandchildren Ryan and Jarred. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, Texas 75023 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:30am. Sharon will be laid to rest in the columbarium at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or Susan G Komen for the cure.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff and community of DaySpring Senior living for their loving care and kindness over the last couple of months.
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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