It is with great sadness that the family of Verla Doreen Sharp announce her passing on Monday, October 14, at the age of 75.
Born in Mimico, Ontario on February 6, 1944, Verla worked as a legal secretary before taking time between 1972 and 1982 to raise her two sons. She subsequently returned to private sector employment as a legal assistant, office manager, and estate assistant. She was also proprietor of Gems, Stones and Dinosaur Bones between 1994 and 1997 and secretary to the Consul of Lebanon in 1997-1998. Verla concluded her lengthy career as a judicial secretary at the Alberta Court of Appeal, retiring in 2014.
Verla will be remembered and missed by her sons: Jason (Valerie) and Adrian; sisters: Carole and Brenda; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Jim); and brother-in-law, Bob.
Verla was pre-deceased by her parents, Howard and Alma; her husband, George; brother, Wesley; sister, Eleanor; and her grandchildren, Maeve and Nathaniel.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 at Connelly-McKinley, St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, AB. A reception will follow between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Ironwood Estates, 40 Ironwood Point, St. Albert, AB.
Those who so desire may make Memorial Donations to Diabetes Canada, 1300-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2R5 or to a charity of their choosing.
Carole Gautreau says
So sorry for the loss of your Mom Jason & Adrian. Verla meant so much to so many people. She was my little sister, she was brave, courageous and accepting in her final days. I will love her forever!
Stephen Maracle says
Hi Jason and Adrian I’m deeply sorry to here of Auntie Verla passing. I can only imagine the difficulty you are experiencing. Mom tells me Adrian you are taking care of her cats, she would have been very happy to know they are with family. I know that was one of her concerns when we last spoke. Take care of yourselves Cousin Stephen and Joanne
Shirley and Jim Lievers says
Our thoughts are with you in your time of loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Verla through my sister Marge. Verla, Marge and I enjoyed shopping, having lunches and attending the St. Albert Farmers’ Market. Rest in Peace Verla.
Bonnie Brown and Stewart Doggett says
Dear Jason and Adrian, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, and Brenda and Carole the loss of your sister. We have fond memories of our visit with Verla when we travelled to Vancouver on the train with Stewart’s cousins from England. We stopped in Edmonton for 2 nights and she so graciously invited us all to stay with her at her home in St. Albert. We had a fun visit and she showed us the sites and the gemology store that was so important to her. She took us to the Buffalo National Park and to the Edmonton Mall and to Tony Roma’s restaurant for dinner. We share her love of cats and enjoyed visiting with her lovely cats while we were there. We remember she got up early to take us all back to the train station. We will always remember her kindness and caring. Love from Bonnie and Stewart
Marge Smith says
Verla’s passing has left a huge void in the lives of her family and friends. But the wonderful heart warming memories that remain for all whose lives she touched will live on forever. I will always treasure the time we spent together. I love you dear friend.
Corinne Vande Vliert says
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Sharp’s passing. I will always remember her bright red hair and the love she showed all the cats and dogs she had through the years.
Shelley Rice says
My heart is sad to hear this – Verla was a gem of a person and will be missed by many.
Jeannie Ellingson says
I was so sorry to hear of Verla’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and we shared many a giggle during our working hours at the Court of Appeal. She leaves us with so many happy memories. Rest in peace, dearest Verla.
Patricia Knowles says
I was very sorry to hear of Verla’s passing. Deepest sympathies to her family. We were former colleagues at the Court of Appeal of Alberta – though she was in Edmonton and I was in Calgary. But when we met up she was so kind and helpful – the last time in Edmonton when she (along with Marge Smith) kindly drove me and a friend back downtown to the bus station from a funeral we were attending in another part of Edmonton. She will be missed.
Christine Archer says
We are only just discovering this today. Our condolences to the family. Mom and Verla grew up together in Mimico. She will always remember their Monopoly games at the diningroom table and their trip to Niagra Falls.
Christine Archer and Valerie Basso (nee: Smith)
valerie Basso says
April 25th 2021 my name is valerie Smith Basso I live in Penticton british columbia was on the computer today with my daughter christine and we were talking about mimico and friends I am in shock Verla and I went to school together I lived on Hay avenue and she was on melrose we grew up together so many memories George R Gauld school mimico high loved going over to her house as I am an only child and it was nice to have time with her mom brothers and sisters Carol and Brenda God has one more special angel please know how very sorry I am and always will cherish our times together valerie Smith Basso in penticton BC