Sharon Lynne Jones, 80, returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father on May 14, 2017. Sharon's strength allowed her to live a productive life filled with service to family, neighbors and church.

She was born on September 29, 1936, in Sterling, Ill., to Elwood and LaVerne Bushman. Sharon was raised in Illinois, but the family relocated to California during her high school years, where she graduated from Burbank High School. Soon after graduation, she married William Christy and they settled in Manhattan Beach, where they raised five children.

Sharon always had a strong feeling for religion and visited and studied nearly every kind of Christian church, and when missionaries knocked on her door, they answered many of her questions. She knew it was true and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1968 Sharon and William divorced, and Sharon moved her family to Lancaster.

In 1975 Sharon met and married Fred Kellerman, and a son was added to the family. They were later divorced. Sharon worked for Boeing at Edwards Air Force Base and in 1989, moved to Tehachapi, and after being single for 15 years, she married Larry Jones in 1991, where they resided together for the past 25 years. Sharon had a variety of hobbies and talents she used to serve those around her. She loved to read, sew, do beautiful cross-stitching, bake, and research her family’s genealogy.

She served in many church callings and was an aide and volunteer at the Hospital Guild for many years. When her health required her to start "taking it easy," Larry and Sharon decided they would go on their own adventures on their motorcycle, or in their truck and camper.

Sharon is survived by her sister, Gloria Evans; son, David (Melanie) Christy; daughter, Cheryl Hunter; daughter, Janet Christy; and daughter, Diana (Jonathan) Silva; 18 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Marilyn Bushman; daughter, Wendy Haller; and son, Stephen Kellerman.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 600 Anita Drive, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561. Interment will be at the Tehachapi Eastside Cemetery. The family would like to thank ProCare Hospice, and Zoreen and her family at Evergreen Elderly Care for their loving care of our mother.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.

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