Sharon Ileen Morris



Sharon Ileen Morris 77 of 85 Olean St. passed away on Sunday December 3, 2017 following a long battle with cancer. Born January 14, 1940 in Ashland Ohio, she was the daughter of Clayton and May Jatzek Steinbrenner. Sharon married Robert “Hoos” Morris on May 26, 1962 who preceded her in death on February 26, 2003. Sharon was a fine arts graduate of Kent State University, where she met her husband Bob while working as a cocktail waitress at Kent State. Sharon and her husband relocated to Bolivar from Ashland Ohio in November 1963.

Sharon was known for her incredibly large heart and her phenomenal accomplishments as an artist: both professionally and recreationally. Before getting her start as a graphic designer at American Olean Tile (1980-2005), Sharon lent her keen eye to helping the community of Bolivar. She created the Bolivar Bulldog Costume worn at many a football games, owned and operated the “Lady Bug Boutique” with Susan Lindamer and even helped the American Legion with their window-front dressings. As a graphic designer for American Olean Tile Company, Sharon was tasked with designing renderings for businesses and the social elite across the globe. Some of her favorite accomplishments were designing the Regis Pool, creating a one-of-a-kind mural of LL Cool J's first recorded album for his front foyer and an impressive mural at the New Orleans “Jackson Brewery”. Sharon’s talents didn’t stop there. Over the years her gifts graced the backs of both her children and grandchildren in the forms of incredible Halloween costumes, wonderful hand crafted works of art and impeccable home décor.

Above and beyond all, Sharon’s heart and loving nature was the rock of her character. No matter who walked through the front door, she loved them unconditionally. For many generations, grandma’s basement was home to playing billiards and listening to classic rock. She was often found sitting on the basement steps, enjoying the company of all who were welcomed.

Sharon is survived by her three children Michael (Dawn Campbell) Morris, Jennifer Gilliland, Debbie (Vern) Morley. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar on Thursday December 7, 2017 from 10A.M.- 12noon. A private family funeral service will follow visitation. Pastor Jeremy Gorham of the Crosstown Alliance Church Wellsville will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society 6725 Lyons St. P.O.Box7 East Syracuse N.Y. 13057.