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Sharon Kaye Barnes, 77

Posted: Thursday, Dec 26th, 2013

Sharon Kaye Barnes died at the age of 77 on December 5, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Sharon was born in Enid, OK, on February 1, 1936, to Keats and Marva McKinney. At the age of 16, Sharon moved with her parents and sister to Alamosa, Colorado. Although no longer living in Oklahoma, she was an Okie at heart and remained avid OK Sooners fan all her life.

In 1955, she married Johnny Sutak and over the next several years had 6 children. She was immersed in the farm life, working hard and raising her children. She didnít miss a motocross race, football game or other activities if her children (and later her grandchildren) were participating.

In 1972, she returned to the workforce at a law firm and then the Colorado State Patrol.

In 1979, she married William A. Barnes, who preceded her in death in 1993.

She had resumed her education and ultimately earned a Master of History degree. Sharon was an expert in petroglyphs of the San Luis Valley, Colorado which she spent untold hours photographing and researching. With Masters degree in hand, she worked at an archeological dig in southern Colorado.

In 1982, she and Bill invested in property and subsequently moved to Juneau, AK. Sharon traveled the world and had many adventures, including bearing witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Easter Island was a bucket list destination and a particular favorite.

Sharon was known for a very unpredictable sense of humor, keeping her friends and family on their toes. Sharon had scores of friends; one impromptu birthday had 26 people in attendance with only an hour notice.

Sharon was a member of the Juneau Rotary Club for many years. She volunteered her time in service to others. She was treasured by all who knew her for her compassion, listening ear, quick wit, and generous spirit.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Keats and Marva McKinney; and, her sons Thomas and Rodney Sutak.

She is survived by her sister Pat Krekel of Denver (Bill Montgomery) and her children, John Sutak of Burleson, TX; Mark Sutak of Alamosa, CO; Diana Bline of Anchorage, AK (George); and, Randy Sutak of Juneau, AK (Lisa). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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