Sharon Kay Ross passed peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was born November 16, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri, the second of four children. She graduated in 1974 from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She was a talented Jazzercise instructor for many years before finding her passion working with cancer clinical research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, later the Stephenson Cancer Center. She worked in regulatory with clinical trials for over twelve years and was respected and beloved by her colleagues and co-workers alike. Sharon attended several churches in Edmond where she lived and sang in the worship band at Santa Fe Presbyterian Church for several years. Her strong faith gave her courage and strength through her two year battle with cancer. She was a devoted wife, mother, Maw-Maw, and friend. She was also an avid health enthusiast and zealous Sooner football fan. Sharon’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and family on her acreage with her dobermans or at the Lake of the Ozarks.
She is preceded in death by her father Thomas McGahey and step-father Harold Pohl. She is survived by her husband Jerry whom she spent twelve wonderful years with, her mother Carol Pohl, daughters Rachel Gaffner and husband Matt, and Sarah Homan and husband John; step-daughters Robin Hooper and husband Ryan, and Valerie Harris and husband Matt; granddaughters Caylin, Cieanna, Parker, and Maggie; and grandsons Cohen, Henry, and Clayton. She is also survived by sisters Pam Woods and husband Randy, Kathy Powell and husband Roger, and Terry Sorrells and husband Keith; brother Daniel McGahey; ex-husband Ron Porter and wife Cindy; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at the Stephenson Cancer Center and all their wonderful friends who have supported them through Sharon’s 26 month battle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stephenson Cancer Center (www.stephensoncancercenter.org) or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (www.npcf.us). Services will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:00pm at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond, OK.