Sharon J. Harrah
Sharon J. Harrah passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the age of 78. She was a native of West Virginia but had been a resident of Newport News for 62 years. Sharon retired from Colonial Kitchens after a 30-plus year career, while also performing bookkeeping for Triad Machine Shop.
Sharon was most proud of her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and most recently great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching and supporting her children and grandchildren in their sports and activities. Cooking for and hosting family and friends, always serving others before herself, Happy Hour with neighbors on her front porch, and pottery and artwork were some of her favorite things.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Harrah, parents, John and Betty O’Neil, and sister Barbara McCamant.
She is survived by her sons George “Eddie” Harrah II (Diane) and Todd J. Harrah (Kelly); seven grandchildren, Justin M. (Janet), Benjamin A. (Caitlin), Stephen W., Patrick E. (Isabel), Rachel L. (Forrest Alston), Mary Kathryn and Megan E. Harrah; two great-grandchildren Austin E. and Joylin H. Harrah; two brothers Pat O’Neil and Mike O’Neil; and sister, Peggy O’Neil.
A special thanks from the family to the doctors and staff at The Chesapeake and Hampton Sentara Careplex Hospice for their exceptional and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to F.R.E.E. Foundation, P.O. Box 737, Lightfoot, VA 23090 (www.free-foundation.org) and North Carolina Study Center, 203 Battle Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (https://www.ncstudycenter.org).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 7, 2023, a 5:00 p.m. at the Freight Shed, 425 Water St., Yorktown, VA 23690. Please wear your favorite shade of blue.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.