by Ellie Abraham, Corona Cares Coordinator

The community of Corona de Tucson has lost a valued citizen. Sharon Seanez passed away on January 9, 2020, after a sudden, short illness. Many of you may not have known Sharon. I wish I had known her longer than the short time I was fortunate to spent with her.

Sharon grew up in a military family. When she was 18, she joined the Air Force, making her father especially proud of her. While in the Air Force, she worked in the medical field. Before her contract with the Air Force was completed, the Bureau of Prisons recruited her and trained her to be a physician’s assistant. She had the opportunity to work at several prisons throughout the country and served several well-known patients, Dwight Eisenhower and Timothy McVeigh to name a few. This was her career until retirement.

When Sharon retired, she moved to Corona de Tucson and lived here for approximately ten years. She volunteered at the Assistance League of Tucson for many years. She became a recipient of Corona Cares when she needed transportation assistance. At the same time, she began volunteering with Corona Cares.

Sharon began having difficulties and had to call upon the Corona de Tucson Fire Department for assistance. They made several trips to her home on a daily basis over a two-week period. During those trips, they made sure she was fed and fixed meals for her, fed Tobie the cat, cleaned the litter box, and even bought a scoop for the litter box. Their offers of aid went above and beyond what one would normally expect from the fire department.

When it became known that Sharon was not going to survive her illness, Passion 4 Paws stepped in and was able to find a new home for Tobie the cat within one day.  Her family helped donate clothing, shoes, and toiletries to the Vail School District Youth On Their Own; office supplies went to the Corona de Tucson Fire Department and Corona Foothills Middle School; bath towels went to The Animal League of Green Valley; and medical supplies went to the clinic in Nogales.

Sharon was generous person.  She not only gave of herself and her time, she donated items to various organizations.  She also gave financial assistance to organizations that she felt needed support.

Sharon left a void in the Corona Cares organization and with the individuals who within the organization.  She will be missed not only by us but also by the community and those who received the benefit of her generosity.

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