Sharon Kay Kirby, 76, of Anamosa, died April 13, 2019, at St Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  She was born Feb. 9, 1943, to Raphael Farley and Esther (Gerald) Welsh.

Sharon was a loving mother and grandmother, always had an open heart for anyone.  She loved to cook, she was known for her comfort food.  Sharon’s way of socializing was to visit casinos.  In her younger days, she enjoyed horseback riding and working on crafts.

Sharon is survived by her children, Sherry Pearson, Shona Kardaras, Brett (Renee) Kirby, and Pamela (Butch) Gretten; grandchildren, Jason, Jeramy, Amy, Adam, Gina, Georgio, Kasandra, Kelsey, Kamee, Kaysha, Kyley, Braylyn, Tiffany, Nickolas, Dakota and Alexa; 18 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dale, Charles, Doug, Vicki, Van, and Denny.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald Joseph Kirby.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday April 22, 2019, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 2310 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids.  Family met guests one hour before service, burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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