Sharon K. Parkhurst (78) of Newton


Published on May 25 2023 3:02 pm

Sharon K. Parkhurst, 78, of Newton, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared by clicking here.

Sharon was born on June 21, 1944 in Effingham, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Ruth (Elbert) Smith. She married William Robert Parkhurst on February 6, 1961 and he preceded her in death in February of 1974. Sharon enjoyed doing plastic canvas, embroidery, crocheting, and other arts and crafts. She enjoyed listening to music, especially the Old Time Fiddlers, and going to the Edgewood Opry. She loved motorcycle rides and tending to her animals.

Sharon is survived by her children, John Parkhurst of Effingham, Betty (Larry) Barbee of Louisville, Timothy Parkhurst of Newton, Joseph (April) Parkhurst of Louisville, and Elizabeth (Reza) Nasserizafar of Newburg, IN; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Sandra (Ross) Richardson, Richard Smith, and Barbara Hovis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; son, Dallas Parkhurst; and siblings, Eddie Smith, Ronald Smith, Larry Smith, JoAnn Ines, and Loretta Kenney.