Lois Sharpe departed this life peacefully at 98 years of age May 3, 2013, in Port Townsend, Wash., with her children by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 2009.
Lois Dorr was born in 1914 in Syracuse. She studied dietetics at Skidmore College and Cornell University before practicing in New York City and New Haven, Conn. She met Bob on Long Island Sound, when he was in the Army Air Force, on a blind date and they were married in 1944. In 1946 they settled in Beloit, Wis., close to Bob's roots. Here they established Sharpe Studio of Photography, and raised four children.
In 1966 they moved to Fontana, Wis., on Lake Geneva, so they could pursue their passion for sailing and year-round life by the water. After building a house in Cape Coral, they retired there in 1973 and enjoyed a sweet life of tropical gardening, extensive sailing adventures and good times with friends and visiting family.
In 2004 they moved to Woodinville, Wash., and later to Port Townsend, Wash., near their daughter, Barbara and her husband, Rick Kelley.
She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Her artist's eyes, gardening and culinary skills, endless patience and energy, and her love of nature and of life were a gift to all who knew her. She held an unwavering optimism and clarity that carried her gracefully through the years, making us think she would live forever.
Mrs. Sharpe is survived and greatly missed by her children, (Randy) Morgan Sharpe of Madison, Wis., Craig Sharpe of Helena, Mont., Barbara Sharpe of Port Townsend and Jon Sharpe, of Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
When we see irises opening and hummingbirds hovering - we will think of you and your loving kindness.