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Sharon Lynn Small

June 13, 1947 - April 23, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Sharon Lynn Small

Sharon Lynn Small

Born: June 13, 1947
Died: April 23, 2019
Age: 71

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           Sharon Lynn (Maranell) Small, the daughter of Marlin and Amy (Block) Maranell, was born on June 13, 1947 in rural Archer, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Sanborn, Iowa, where she received her education, graduating from Sanborn High School.  During her high school days, Sharon waited tables and babysat.

            On September 27, 1969, Sharon married Kenneth Small, Jr. and they raised three daughters, Melissa, Terrie, and Heather.  Early in their marriage, they lived in Sheldon, IA, Ord, NE, and later settled in Arnolds Park, IA.  Sharon and Ken divorced in 1987.  Sharon then settled in Spencer, IA with her partner Milton “Muck” Roberts.  They were together close to 30 years until Muck’s death in 2017.  Sharon worked at IBP for 13 years, Spencer Foods, and later retired from working at Pure Fishing for 7 ½ years.  Not one to ever sit still, it did not take long for Sharon to realize that retirement did not really suit her.  She worked part time at Hy-Line, volunteered at the Senior Center, and was presently working at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.  Sharon was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Spencer.  Every September, she looked forward to working at the Clay County Fair taking tickets. She also loved going to horse races and auctions with Muck, taking in a live music performance at the greenspace in Arnolds Park with friends, going to dances, and meeting her coffee friends at Hy Vee, McDonalds, and Burger King.  Sharon especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, attending their various activities, dance recitals, band concerts, plays, and sporting events.  She liked to take them to movies and to the park.


            Sharon passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 71.  Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters:  Melissa Weber and her husband Patrick of Spirit Lake, IA, Terrie Nissen and her husband Scott of Spencer, IA, and Heather Nelson and her husband Bryan of Hartley, IA; Eight grandchildren:  Allyson (Andrew) Helmers and Samuel Weber; Kendra and Zack Nissen; Jace, Paige, Kaylee, and Jacob Nelson; one great granddaughter, Nora Helmers; three sisters, Linda Rozeboom of Sanborn, Donna (Don) Olson of Sioux City, Ronda (Gary) Vondra of Fremont, NE; sister in law, Marie Maranell of Carlisle, IA; three brothers, Michael (Patty) Maranell of Papillion, NE, Robert Maranell of Sanborn, and Rick Maranell of Sanborn; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her partner, Milton “Muck” Roberts;  her sister, Judy Mouw, her brother, Monte Maranell; two brother in laws, Robert Mouw and Leroy “Cork” Rozeboom; nephew, Robert “Robby” Mouw; and granddaughter, Andrea Behrends.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen

Allyson Helmers
Sam Weber
Kendra Nissen
Zack Nissen
Jace Nelson
Paige Nelson
Kaylee Nelson
Jacob Nelson

Visitation will begin 5:00 Friday with the famly present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Amazing Grace"
By the Congregation

ORGANIST: Stephen Baker

"Go Rest High On That Mountain"
Vince Gill
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Spencer immediately following the graveside services.


Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:36 PM
“Really very sorry at the loss your mom Sharon Even though not mentioned in the obituary. she worked at Witco for a few years when I worked there. Mom (Ruth) sends her condolences also. Prayers are out all of her family”
- Raymond Russell
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:43 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Sharon passing.We were friends for 45 years. She will be missed and lots of good things about her also.Sharon would help anyone and also made you laugh.She enjoyed having coffee with friends loved to go to the dances to listen to the bands. May she rest in peace with her family and friends that are in heaven with her.See you later my dear friend.
- Betty Helland
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 6:17 AM
“Missie, Terrie & Heather: We will miss seeing your Mom at the dances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bill & Jackie Carpenter
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:59 PM
“Dearest Terrie - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
- Anita Henegar
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending hugs and prayers your way.
- Nancy Rickman
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“To Sharon's family and friends,
What a spirit she had, always happy and always ready to help others ..........
I loved waiting on her at SMU she always made me laugh about something !
She will truly be missed !
My deepest sympathies.”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss of your mom. I have so many memories of coffee time with Sharon. She has always been a great friend. She was also one of my references when I needed one. I can hear her laugh. She was a great friend of my mom's. So many memories. I will keep you girls in my thoughts and prayers. I imagine she is with Ben now and they are sitting and having a good time. She will be greatly missed. Put your arms around each other and think of all the good times. That is the best way to honor someone when they go to Heaven. ”
- Vangie Alger Place Cowen
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:32 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. I only recently got acquainted with your Mother over the past several weeks while having coffee at Mc Donald’s, never realizing that she was your Mom. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.”
- Lea Bechler
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:31 AM
“So sorry Missy!”
- Sue Haburn
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8:54 PM
“So sorry to hear about sharon.she was a sweet lady..i babysat for Heather and in sure shes turned out as sweet as her
- cher lindahl
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 2:52 PM
“God bless. She will be missed.”
- carolyn Loger
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“Teri and Family,
May the love you shared bring warm memories to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your Family. ”
- Neal & Cindy Drefke
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“Missy, so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.”
- Sally Christensen DeLoss
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:56 AM
“Melissa and family, so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace now and in the future.”
- Bob and sheila ove
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:24 PM
“Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Comfort and peace be yours in this sad time. ”
- JoAnn Laube
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