Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Sharol Joy Duffin Wilson, age 89, died in Clearfield, Utah on December 25, 2016 of natural causes. She was welcomed on November 18, 1927, by her parents Clarence and Jennie Barlow Duffin as their seventh child. They were so happy to get another girl and they wanted to “share all joy” as is evident in her name. She was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by a family she deeply loved. She often shared stories about her childhood and youth. Sharol had an amazing memory for people and details. She attended the University of Utah and graduated in English in 1951. Prior to that she served a mission in the Central States where she met Elder Grant Wilson, who was the presiding elder in Indiana. When she returned home and after a brief courtship, she and Grant were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, March 17, 1950. After they both graduated from the University of Utah, they moved to Teton Valley to farm and teach school.
Sharol was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and developed a firm faith in the Savior from an early age. She loved and studied the gospel and served in many leadership and teaching capacities.
Sharol received a Masters Degree in Special Education from Utah State University in 1976. She loved teaching in both the gifted and talented and special education programs in the Teton School District until she retired in 1988. Then, over the next 10 years, she and Grant fulfilled a lifelong dream of serving missions together. They served in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Germany, Washington D.C., and Switzerland. After that, they served in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg temples.
Grant and Sharol planned for a large family and raised ten children. They have 48 grandchildren and 68 great-grandchildren. Sharol is survived by her husband, Grant, and her children, Karen (Stan) Pool of Provo, Utah, Lorin (Liza) Wilson of Alta, Wyoming, Jim (Sandy) Wilson of Alta, Wyoming, Pamela (Lance) Wood of Bountiful, Utah, Debra (Mark) Altom of Layton, Utah, Robert (Yara) Wilson of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Suzanne (Mike) Hall of Lindon, Utah, Steven (Natalie) Wilson of West Haven, Utah, Cynthia (Jason) Walker of Driggs, Idaho, and Kevin Wilson of Bountiful, Utah.
Sharol is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Dawn Beardall, Harlow Duffin, Alese Vestigo, Keith Duffin, Richard Duffin and Robert Duffin as well as two grandsons, Timothy Wilson and Derek Walker.
Sharol loved being a mother and had a passion for learning, family time, church service, reading, the study of foreign languages, puzzles, games and travel. She was an avid sports fan with an incredible memory for teams, players, statistics and rules. By example she taught her children hard work, thriftiness, honesty, citizenship and faith. She also had a quick wit and could surprise you with a comical comment even in her final moments.
The family would like to thank the wonderfully attentive staff at Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living Center in Clearfield for their care and support.
A viewing will be held Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Driggs, Idaho Stake Center (135 E. Ashley Avenue, Driggs, Idaho) and the morning of Friday, December 30, 2016 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Pratt Cemetery in Alta, Wyoming.
In lieu of flowers please donate to either the LDS Missionary Fund or the Grant & Sharol Wilson, Teton High School Scholarship Fund at Key Bank in Driggs, Idaho.
LDS Missionary Fund or the Grant & Sharol Wilson, Teton High School Scholarship Fund
15 N. Main St., Driggs ID 83422