Sharon Elizabeth Ryan of Southern Shores, May 19

By on May 23, 2018

On Saturday May 19, 2018 the gates of heaven opened wide to receive the loving soul of Sharon Elizabeth Ryan of Soutterh Shores. After a brief illness, Sharon passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 67.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Ron R. Ryan of Southern Shores, NC; brothers, Joseph R. Crockett of NC and John W. Crockett of VA; children, Meredith L. Ryan of NC, Christopher T. Ryan and wife Claire M. Ryan of NY; granddaughters, Julia S. Westmoreland and Sydney A. Westmoreland of NC; and niece, Chandra Fultz of VA.

Sharon was born in Newport News, VA. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Randolph Crockett and Elizabeth Faye Crockett, both originally from Wytheville, VA. Sharon was raised in Norfolk VA., and graduated from Maury High School.

Being born into a Navy family, young Sharon traveled extensively prior to settling in Norfolk. Port of calls included Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Munford TN, and Jacksonville FL. After graduating high school, Sharon attended technical school for airline business systems.

Not long after landing her first job in Arlington VA, Sharon ran into an old acquaintance from home and it wasn’t long after that the stars aligned, and Sharon and Ron’s great adventure began. First marriage, then babies, next a move away from home for employment opportunities in Baltimore, then the 1981 a move to the Outer Banks.

Sharon was busy, always busy — she was energized, tireless. Whether it be work, play or raising her family she always gave it her all. She may have expected a lot from others, but she usually gave more. She was an employer’s dream, a worker bee, who wanted to get the job done and do it right.

Sharon worked as a paralegal for local attorney John Gaw for 15 years and was employed by Twiddy & Company for 19 years in the Vacation Rentals Maintenance Division. When it came to play, she was vibrant – laughter came easy; she knew how to have fun; she was a dancer.

While raising the family she worked long and hard to keep the house in order and worked even harder to instill solid social values. When it came to being a partner in marriage, the union was near perfect; love and respect for each other was just business as usual, it was so easy.

Sharon loved walking on the beach in search of any treasure that Mother Nature was willing to give up. You name it and she found it: shells, beach glass, arrow heads, Indian pottery, fossils and so on. You could say it was a passion for her. She loved animals of all kinds even if they didn’t have any fur, though she was definitely a dog lover. The numerous pets that the family had were not mere pets, they were family members.

Sharon was a people person; she was direct, honest, sincere and loving. What you saw was who she was and most of all, she knew that if you had the love of family and friends you pretty much had it all. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

A Celebration of Life will take place will be held at a future date. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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  • Linda Sadler

    I worked along with Sharon when I worked at Starkey Sharp’s office and other lawfirms in doing real estate. She was the nicest and easiest person to work with and always kind. The Outer Banks will surely miss her and condolences to her husband, Ron, with whom I worked with at Resort Realty. She is now with God. He will take care of her.

    Thursday, May 24 @ 12:40 pm
  • Charlotte

    I am very sorry to hear the news of Sharon’s passing. I did not know her personally, but worked with her through my pool/spa business and Twiddy. She was always there and took care of business like it is suppose to be. I could always count on her laughter and being direct. I will miss her alot. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time; today and always. God bless Sharon and her entire family and friends.

    Friday, May 25 @ 9:20 am
  • Ike Munsey

    Ron, Meredith, and Christopher,
    I was so sorry to hear about Sharon’s passing. Johnny called yesterday and told me about this. It has been years since I have been there and seen you guys, but I remember Sharon exactly as she is described in this obituary. Again, you have all of her cousins’ deepest sympathy.
    Ike Munsey
    Salem VA

    Sunday, May 27 @ 9:28 am
  • Wini Rogers

    I knew Sharon from Twiddy. She was my go to gal for everything. Our relationship developed over 15 years. I would often go on the office in the spring and the fall to reconnect after the summer rental season. I enjoyed her knowledge of the area and willingness to share it, her recommendations on vendors, her love of animals which we mutually shared. She had a vibrant personality. Sharon was kind and easy to talk with. I will miss her and my relationship was limited. My condolences to the family, a tremendous loss and so quickly!

    Monday, May 28 @ 7:45 am