Merle Sharp, 85, of Springfield, Mo., and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Merle was born in Blytheville to Thomas Bradford and Maudie Moser Olsen. She was a homemaker and a member of United Pentecostal Church in Republic, Mo. Merle loved cooking, working crossword puzzles, embroidering and feeding the birds.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Sharp, Sr.; her father; mother, Maudie, and stepfather, Arthur Olsen; two sons, Freddie Sharp, Jr. and Steve Sharp; son-in-law, John Sturm; three brothers, James Bradford and his wife Lois, Bob Bradford and Calvin Olsen; one sister, Mary Hutson; and a very special lifelong friend, Dorothy Price.
Merle leaves her daughter, Carol Sturm of Springfield, Mo.; five sisters, Lilly McKinney (Jerry) of Jonesboro, Maxine Mansfield (Bill) of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Helen Dorris of Bono, Shirley Wells (Roy) of Blytheville and Laverne Lovett of Prescott; seven grandchildren, Valerie Roberts (Jimmie), Vickie Fricks (David), Steve Sharp (Morgan), Fred Sharp III, Regina Bridges, Jeremy Roberts (Loren) and Josh Roberts (Caity); six great-grandchildren, Anna Powell (James), Max Allen Fricks, Stevie Sharp, Hunter Sharp, Timothy Sharp and Samuel Dean Sharp; five great-great grandchildren, Oliver and Finley Powell, Michael Bridges, Jr., Lilly and Jasper Roberts and one on the way; and two special nephews, Tilman Sharp, Jr. and Jeff Hutson.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends Friday evening from 5-7 at Cobb Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.