Dr. Sharon Carlene Underwood

Dr. Sharon Carlene Underwood

1936-2020Underwood, Sharon

Dr. Sharon Carlene Bolton Underwood was released into the arms of her Lord after a long battle with dementia on March 8, 2020. She was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on April 21, 1936 to Carl Bolton and Freda Moyer Bolton. She is survived by sisters Ann Jean Shelden and Janice Kay Struck, daughter Beth Ann (Lance) Roth and grandchildren Victoria (Paul) Haverbusch and Connor Roth.

Dr. Underwood was an educator at heart. She taught all ages from elementary through college. Sharon loved her students and they loved her. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma College for Women in 1957 and her Master’s in Education from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1969. She attended Texas Woman’s University and was recognized as an Allsup Scholar in both 1982 and 1983. She completed her PhD in 1984. Dr. Underwood was a professor in the Fashion and Textiles Department at the university until she retired. In 1991, she received the Mary Mason Lyon Junior Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship, teaching and service. She shepherded countless students through her department’s Senior Fashion Show and worked tirelessly on the Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection for many years.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.

8 thoughts on “Dr. Sharon Carlene Underwood”

  1. James and Sharon Taylor

    Sending our love and sympathy. She was a beautiful, accomplished woman.

  2. Robin Sydow McLeod

    She was a supportive and loving second mom.
    Love you Sharon
    Robin Sydow McLeod

  3. Deborah Jackson

    Beth Ann and Lance,
    We are bot( sending condolences on the loss of your mom. We wish we could have known her as she sounds like such an outstanding educator and mom. She raised you and to that we are grateful. May God give you strength and comfort and mayhem legacy live on through you and your children.
    In peace,
    Debbie and Johnnie Jackson

  4. Sharon was my major professor while at TWU, and even after I graduated, we stayed in contact. No one was more fun and she loved teaching and her students in a way few professors do. It was so very hard to watch her decline and now she is at peace.

  5. Karol Blaylock

    Sharon Underwood was an amazing graduate school professor and then dear friend. She brought knowledge, experience, and sunshine into every classroom she entered. Her legacy of knowledge continues to be handed down to a new generations of students.

  6. Young Yang

    My condolences… I’m saddened by the loss of a beautiful person. I am sure she is in a peaceful place now as her happy, smart, caring self.
    She will not be forgotten.

  7. Dr. Underwood was a great mentor and a brilliant teacher. She enveloped her students with such warmth and guidance, and I feel extremely lucky to have had her as my mentor. Dr. Underwood, you will be terribly missed and rest well in heaven.

  8. Sheila Budzise

    Dr. Underwood was an amazing teacher. She was a caring and understanding person. So glad to have her as a teacher.

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