Sharlene Osborne died peacefully early Sunday morning, Aug. 22, 2010.
She was born Sept. 3, 1935, in McDowell Ky., to Noah and Ella Mae Hall and attended local school. In 1952, she married Rufus Osborne in McDowell and they shared 23 years together before he was taken from her in an accident. Sharlene remained a widow who focused her energy on raising her eight children in whom she took great pride.
She is survived by her children, Ellen (Duncan) Preston, Jimmie (Carol) Osborne, Rufus Osborne Jr., Ronnie (Char) Osborne, Darlene (Jeff) Beckett, Danny Ray Osborne, Billy (Kristie) Osborne, and Sheri Osborne; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Sharlene worked most of her life and enjoyed cooking at Crest Nursing Home, housekeeping at Comfort Inn, and at Fairmont RV, where she made many friends and loved her job. She enjoyed simple things such as reading books, taking rides in the rain, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her granddaughter Stephanie summed up the essence of her grandmother, "She always made people feel welcome, always made sure everyone was okay, would go
to great lengths for her family, and unconditionally loved all who loved her."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Osborne Sr.; parents; granddaughter, Monica Preston; and brother, Arnold Hall.
She is also survived by her sisters, Billie June Gochneaur of Ohio, Betty Mae Hall of Butte, Joan Daniels of McDowell, Ky.; special friends, Al and Joan Colgrove; and her very special friend and care-giver, Delsa Daniels.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in Duggan Dolan Mortuary with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Crackerville, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Rufus.
Her son Ron phrased it best when he stated: "She didn't always give us everything we wanted. But she did give us everything we needed."
"Mom, you will be missed, loved and remembered forever."