July 29, 1941- July 7, 2019

Sharon Kay (Minor) Noel, of Quinter, whose ever-present humor brightened the universe for all who knew and loved her, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas.

Sharon was born on July 29th, 1941, in Lindsay, California, to Doyle and Velma (Haney) Minor. She was a 1959 graduate of Taft Union High School. She also pursued her interest in the medical field by attending classes at Taft Community College in 1960.

Upon graduating high school, Sharon spent the summer in Kansas visiting family, which is where she met and fell in love with her husband, Jerry Ivan Noel. They married on March 29th, 1962. During their marriage, they had two sons, Vincent and Jay.

Though their relationship turned out to be less permanent than either of them expected, in 1984, Sharon traveled back to the west coast to help out her mother, Velma Minor. Because of her love for Kansas, she moved back in 2000 upon her mother’s passing. While second chances in love rarely happen, it did for Sharon and Jerry, and in 2001 they rekindled their marriage.

Between the time she spent on the west coast and the plains of Kansas, Sharon became well-known in the Gove County community for her bright smile and helping hand. She was a scout leader, teacher’s aide, and fulfilled her interests in the medical field by working and volunteering at the Gove County Medical Center Hospital and Auxiliary. 

Some of Sharon’s favorite pastimes were playing bingo, crocheting beautiful hats, scarves, and blankets for her beloved family, competing on the ladies bowling team and indulging in Hallmark movies. 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; brother Jim Minor and sister Doylene Doughty.

She is survived by sister, Janis Stevens (Beaumont, CA); sons, Vincent & Tracy Noel (Gove, KS), Jay & Michelle Noel (SanTan Valley, AZ); Stepsons Jeremy & Karen Noel (Wichita, KS), John Noel (San Diego, CA); and 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at the United Methodist Church of Quinter.

Memorials can be made to the Gove County Medical Center Auxiliary or the United Methodist Church of Quinter, and are in the care of Schmitt Funeral Home 901 S. Main Quinter, KS 67752.