In the late evening hours of August 13th 2020 in St. George Utah, while being attended to by the family with whom she held most dear, Sharlene Brinkerhoff Homer passed away peacefully from this world heading to the next phase of her celestial journey. It was felt by those around her when she passed that she was guided by her parents who had proceeded her in death Alonzo LeGrand and June Slade Brinkerhoff.
Sharlene Brinkerhoff was born on a Saturday July 16th, 1955 in the original Dixie Regional medical Center of St. George Utah. Her birth having been predicted by her Father Alonzo: “Our next one’ll be a girl and her name’ll be Sharlene.” She was the third of four children and the second and last girl born in the family born to Alonzo LeGrand Brinkerhoff and June Slade Brinkerhoff.
Ranching was in her blood. She was the VERY proud daughter of a Rancher a fact that was never disputed though proudly shared to all those who would hear. She spent her growing up years helping her Daddy with various ranching duties; and Just like her daddy and family, she loved the Dixie Roundup! She loved rodeo and was on the Dixie High School Rodeo Team, participating in the goat tying event. Another interesting fact, she also had a little lamb she adopted as a child that followed her to school.
Education was of great import to Sharlene, which was something passed down from her mother June. She went on to graduate from Dixie High school and then attended the local Dixie College. She went on from there to attend her beloved BYU, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Interior Design. Later in life with a newly born son,whose learning difficulties prompted her to achieve new heights, Sharlene graduated with a second bachelor’s then Master’s degree of Speech and Language from Utah State University and Southern Utah University.
She was pursued by many a man who saw Sharlene as one worthy to call their own. Sharlene, ever an independent thinker in her own right, interviewed the right man for the job and that was Harvey Gordon Homer. This interview wound up in a marriage in the St. George Utah Temple on a beautiful spring day of April 18th 1984. This whirl-wind romance consisted of 36 years of wedded bliss.
Along with her educated background she was also well taught in the art of the sewing needle and thread by her mother June. This incredible talent gave way to custom designs of Easter dresses for her nieces and for her daughter. And many a Halloween costume for her son. She even made her own wedding dress by hand a fact she held very proudly.
Sewing wasn’t the only thing in her blood. Sharlene was incredibly artsy and craftsy. Her various projects still scatter her house to this day. Those blessed enough to have one of Sharlene’s original wreaths no doubt hold themselves very fortunate.
Her iPad can breathe a sigh of relief and take break now that her fingers are no longer tirelessly working on building the most amazing photo collages and infographics for her family that the world has ever seen! The heavens now get to enjoy the endless photo collages she is undoubtly making as we speak.
Though she never served a mission for her church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; She felt she served a mission by providing service to her family and various friends throughout the years. She wrote many a letter with such warmth and breadth that the reader felt as if they were hearing her speak the words to them. She wrote her son and daughter and nieces and nephews many a letter.
Though never a traveler by choice, she traveled vicariously through others and as a result collected many an artifact from around the world which she kept close to her for as long she could. And as people visited her over the years those artifacts would provide endless conversatation.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Gordon Homer; and her two children: Tyler Slade Homer (Aimee Homer) and Kaitlin Homer and her newly born grandson Bryson Harvey Homer-Shaffer; All of whom live in St. George Utah. She is also survived by her Sister Colleen Cook (Dean) and Lon Brinkerhoff (Sherrie) and Jim Brinkeroff (Julie) and her various nieces and nephews on both sides.
Her graveside services will be on Monday the 17th of August 2020 at 10:30 am in the Saint George Utah Cemetery which is located at 650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770 .
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