Sharon Slaughter

Sharon Joan Slaughter

June 18, 1946 - May 16, 2020

Everyone needs a helping hand at some time or another. When Sharon’s friends and neighbors had a need, you can bet that she was always there. Her keen administration skills ensured that she always perceived the needs of friends around her. She was savvy, organized, and skilled at everything from cooking to photography to quilting. She loved to cook with her grandchildren, teach Bible studies, and give back to her community through Nate’s Nook. Her creative energy and generous spirit inspired her to bake dozens of Christmas cookies each year for her neighbors and friends…just because. Just because this was who Sharon Joan Slaughter was as a wife, mom, grandmother, and a human being. 

She was born on June 18, 1946, in Shannon, Ireland to Mary (O’Keefe) and Gregory Argyle Shortell. While in seventh grade, Sharon met the love of her life Jay Bruce Slaughter. Their story began as best friends in high school. They began dating afterward, and they were married for an epic 51 years on February 15, 2020. 

Sharon served for 10 years as the Executive Director of Windsor Place, a Traumatic Brain Injury Residence in Salem, Oregon. She was a member of Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas where she loved teaching and also volunteered greeting others. In August, Sharon fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Israel with friends where she marveled as she walked in the same locations as Jesus did with His disciples. She also insisted that her guide teach her to use a slingshot in the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. She successfully shot the slingshot further than anyone present that day to the delight of her friends! 

Sharon is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jay Slaughter of Frisco, Texas; her daughter, Kacey Korting; her son, Michael Slaughter and his wife, Bonnie; five grandchildren, Abigail and Zackary Korting, Ian, Jack and Molly Slaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Gregory Shortell, and her brother, Gregory Shortell. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Preston Trail Community Church at a later date. The family gratefully asks that any memorials be designated to the Gary Sinise Foundation.  

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Mike, there are no words to mark the passing of a Mom who gave unconditional love. "Gone too soon" is always the thought that persists. She is with you and your family eternally, laughing at your puns, cheering on your kids, and offering wisdom. Leslie Shore, May 26, 2020 I had the privilege of working with Sharon during her years at Windsor Place while she was director. At the time she started we were just getting by and slowly sinking. Due to her outstanding leadership and management skills Windsor Place not only survived but became a statewide example of what an excellent facility for TBI residents should be. It was a most amazing thing to watch as things improved, almost a miracle. I have no doubt that she is working this very moment stream lining the Angel wing distribution center, organizing the delivery system and making sure they are delivered and on time. Save a pair for me.
Steve Keaton, May 22, 2020 We were terribly sorry to hear this. I only encountered Sharon on a couple occasions. She seemed like the perfect complement to Jay’s extrovert personality, effusive humor & good nature. He’s obviously lost a great partner. Our thoughts & prayers are with him. What a shame. John Augustine , May 21, 2020 Sharon was first a client, but became a good friend, an on-going inspiration, and an amazing lady with a good sense of humor. So very sad for her family ... she and Jay were such a love and life match. Thank you for sharing yourself with so many Sharon.
Barbara Castleman Grant, May 21, 2020 Aunt Sharon, we love you and will miss you. You were a treasure on this earth. You always made time to lend an ear and offer sage advise. Your quick wit and wisdom was always appreciated. Thank you for the love and devotion you and Uncle Jay have given our family over the decades - it will always be cherished. Forever in our hearts and in our memories, Scott, Jenny, Kato & Sora - the Seattle Woerman Family Scott & Jenny Woerman, May 21, 2020 Jay and family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss of Sharon. You had many wonderful years together. Until you meet again, may fabulous stories and memories bridge the gap and get you through these difficult times. Sincerely - your BR, Jim Henry Jim Henry, May 20, 2020 Mike - I'm sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. May the wonderful memories of your mom help you through this difficult time. You and your entire family are in my prayers. Jessica Brink, May 20, 2020 So sorry to hear of your loss, BR. Prayers with you. Ewell S. Beirne, May 19, 2020 We love you Aunt Sharon and will miss your infectious laugh and personality. You exemplified what it means to care for others above yourself and making everyone around you better at life... Nothing but Love - Kirkland Woerman Family
Sean, Alison, Reagan and William Woerman, May 19, 2020 Our hearts are broken that we will not be able to hear your laughter or groan at your puns and wry humor any longer. We will miss the hugs and conversations, sometimes deep and thoughtful and sometimes light or bantering. We will miss your unbelievable cooking and hospitality. Perhaps most of all, we will miss your unconditional love and encouragement for our family for nearly 50 years. We look forward to joining you again in the Paradise you now enjoy. Uncle Jay, we are here for you and the family. We will always love you, Aunt Sharon Romans 8: 38-39 Uncle Owl and Aunt Lila Allyn and Linda Woerman, May 19, 2020 Jay, I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She and the family have been in my prayers since I heard of her stroke. I so enjoyed getting together with you both during our trip to Texas in 2016. It was fun to keep up with Facebook, especially the cooking with your grandson. Thinking of you and giving you a big hug. Fondly, Joy Joy Newland (Edmunds), May 19, 2020 Sharon was a friend and a mentor, and the world is dimmer with her passing. She will be missed. I bet God greeted her with a smile and a hug.
Sue Hunter, May 18, 2020 Jay, I am so very sorry that your wife Sharon passed away, but you can take comfort knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How blessed you both were to have each other since your days at VMI. God Bless, Your Brother Rat, Steve Powers Steve Powers, May 18, 2020 It is my loss not to have known her. May we meet later.
Dave Clark, May 18, 2020 We will miss her wit & charm.
Jim & Jessica Polley, May 18, 2020 Jay, My wife and I are sorry for your earthly loss of your beloved Sharon. May our Lord give you comfort and peace during this time. May your family share in all the wonderful times you all had together. She has gone to be with her Heavenly Father and now has no pain or worries. I think of the song "I can only imagine" and just think of where she is now and all those saints she is with. May God bless you.
John L Hart Jr, May 18, 2020 We got to know Sharon on that trip to Israel last August and we were so blessed to get to know her and share dinners and our days with her. She was feisty and spunky and we adored those qualities in her. Despite foot issues, she persevered and didn’t miss out on most of the activities- she was determined. One of our last conversations prior to her stroke she had sent me a picture she had taken of me to be sure I had it. She was a strong lady and we were privileged to get to know her. She is with her Lord and Savior now and I am sure she is giving him a good laugh with her dry wit. She will be missed!
Michelle Leacock, May 18, 2020 We never got to know Sharon as well as we would have liked. We met her when she attended the 50th reunion of the VMI class of 1968. She and Jay were a wonderful couple. We will pray for her, Jay and the family. John and Gerry Hince, May 18, 2020 Sharon was a lovely person and a good friend and always, always fun to be with. She will be missed so much and I keep you guys in my prayers. Terry Maloney, May 18, 2020