Sharon Lee Carty

1927 - 2019

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Sharon Lee Carty, age 91, of Findlay, Ohio, passed away at 6:00am on Friday, August 30, 2019. She was born on November 11, 1927 in Sullivan, IN to Arnold and Ozzie Ford. Sharon met the love of her life, Gene Carty, at age 15 and married him November 6, 1949. She is survived by son, Kevin (Lisa Canter) and granddaughter Hunter of Columbus, OH; daughters Kim of Findlay, OH, and Clair (Sherry Pethers) of Laona, WI; and sister Jo Ann Trice of Memphis, TN. Preceding her in death were her husband; daughter Kathy; her parents; brother Russell Burks; and sister Judy Keene. After losing her daughter, Sharon began working at Marathon, which she claims saved her life. She worked there many years until retirement. She and her family were members of St. Andrews Methodist Church, where she and her husband taught Sunday school, worked with the youth groups, and served meals at the community dinners. In retirement, they volunteered at Blanchard Valley hospital and Sharon donated her time working at the Nearly New resale shop. Sharon and Gene had many lifelong friends from their school days in Indiana and made many more when they moved to Findlay. They were avid and excellent bridge players, but both of them enjoyed games of all kinds. Playing games was the major activity for the whole Carty family, and the way Gene and Sharon spent most evenings with friends. They branched out into many other activities, including a square dance phase (with outfits). In retirement, they enjoyed vacation tours to many of the national parks, a cruise, and two trips to Europe. One of Sharon‘s great joys was shopping - and coming home with a bargain. Of course, she could never resist sharing what a good deal she got. She loved visiting her daughter Clair in New York City and Chicago, enjoying Broadway theater, Marshall Fields, and just walking through the city. Sharon was a lifelong democrat, and she and Gene spent many years working the polls on election day. After losing her husband, Sharon eventually moved to Primrose retirement community and led an active life of exercise classes, yoga, art classes, and social hour. In the past year, illness began slowing her down, but daily activities still included reading the Courier, doing the crossword puzzle, and watching Jeopardy. Visitation is Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 3:00-6:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, Ohio. Visitation in Sullivan will be Saturday, September 7, from 11:00am-1:00pm at First Methodist Church. A graveside service will follow at 1:00pm with Rev. Lance Newton officiating. Interment will be at the family plot in Center Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kathy Carty Memorial Scholarship of The Community Foundation, 101 West Sandusky St., #207, Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences may be made via

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, September 5th 2019 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    First United Methodist Church (Sullivan, IN)[Map]
    107 North Court Street
    Sullivan, Indiana 47882
    Saturday, September 7th 2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Graveside Service:

    Saturday, September 7th 2019 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Center Ridge Cemetery [Map]
    704 W. Johnson Street
    Sullivan, Indiana 47882

  • Final Resting Place:

    Center Ridge Cemetery [Map]

    Sullivan, IN 47882

  • Contributions:

    Kathy Carty Memorial Scholarship
    The Community Foundation
    101 West Sandusky St., #207
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Sharons family
Date :Wednesday, September 4th 2019
From : Mark Creighton
My wife and I used to own Creative Hair Designs. Your mother was a client of mine for a few years. I truly admired her and wanted to let you know she left quite an impression. So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to all.

To : The Sharon Carty Family
Date :Wednesday, September 4th 2019
From : Todd Freeman
I am sorry to read of your mother's passing. Your family is in my prayers.

To : Clair Kim and Kevin
Date :Wednesday, September 4th 2019
From : Jim and Nikki Kellogg
My heart is deeply saddened by the loss of your Mom and I send my special love and prayers to you all!
Your Mom and Dad were always the highlight of the the times that I spent at your house growing up! Even later when I visited them and more recently when I had the opportunity to spend time with your Mom at Primrose, she always bubbled over with her love and praise for each of you! She had the greatest smile and exuberance for life! I miss her already!!

I love you all! Jim

To : The Family of Sharon Carty
Date :Wednesday, September 4th 2019
From : Betsy Lee Klein
Oh what wonderful memories I have of Sharon during our stints at Marathon! She was always so upbeat, friendly, and just fun to be around! A special special woman!

To : Kim and Clair
Date :Monday, September 9th 2019
From : Cerner
So sorry to see your Mom has passed. Please know I send my thoughts and prayers.
Always, Cerner

To : Clair Kim Kevin
Date :Sunday, September 29th 2019
From : The HARMON Family
Sorry, I just now found this website.
I'm the oldest "living friend" of Sharon and Family at 92+. Have shared Many, Many happy hours with Gene and Sharon going back to schools in Sullivan, Indiana and a lifetime ever since...thus our MOST precious friends !!

"Heartfelt Tears May Come And Go, But Never The Precious Memories That Create Them" Author: George Harmon