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Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada


October 30, 1944 – March 14, 2016

RETA SHARON HENRY, Sadly on Monday, March 14, 2016, passed away at home peacefully, ending a life of physical pain, to accept her new body in heaven . Sharon was born to Marcel (Putt) Porter and Reta Porter (nee Hartley) in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Her father was a Hydro lineman so they lived in a number of places until settling in Altona for her schooling years. Sharon contracted polio during the epidemic in the early 1950's, causing paralysis and discomfort to her for the rest of her life. Married in 1963 to Ben Hoeppner, three beautiful daughters became the object of Sharon's joy, and then difficulties of raising them as a single parent after the couple's divorce.

Sharon worked in health care most of her working career having to retire finally with disability from Boyne Lodge in Carman.

Sharon's faith in her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was solid, having had a vision of heaven while she lived in the family home in Carman, she knew her God was real. She studied her Bible constantly and Revelation was her favourite book (prophecy was of great interest to her).

In 1995 she married Vern Henry and moved to Sanford where she lived to the present. Many trips over the years to Alberta to visit family (loving her ten grandchildren especially). Sharon and Vern loved to be in the car and off to some new adventure, probably not far away, and probably with wine and food in mind. Many nights at the Lakeview Resort over the past 20 years were one of her greatest pleasures, especially the fact that she felt treated like a Queen when there. We expected to be there next week.

Sharon is survived by husband, Vern Henry, daughters, Lorena Gauk-Koleba (Kevin), Sherralee Tinney (Martin), Allison Harder (Alan), step children Kristofer Henry and Kirstin Janke, three brothers, Patrick Porter, Michael Porter, Steve Porter (Susan), two sisters, Beverly Busse (Wayne), Shelly Harder (Henry), grandchildren, Colton, Austen, Adam, Jill, Launna, Logan, Brennan, Jennae, Brooklyn, and Tyler, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Our thanks go out to all the medical people who kept Sharon as well as could be expected over the years but especially Dr. Smil. Donations may be made to Siloam Mission, Salvation Army or one of your own choosing if desired.

It is my honour to speak this afternoon about Sharon. We have known each other over 50 years as friends and then to become best friends for the past 22years. When I first met Sharon at the United Church in Altona in 1962, she was the book reading individual she was for the rest of her life. Rarely was there a time when a book wasn't in her hand or close enough to get at a moment's notice. Her love of animals was incredible. I remember riding in a RCMP cruiser with she and Ron Charr taking her dog to a new home in Dominion City because it was wanting to bite passers-by. Stories of her walking miles just to see a horse were common, and she waso happy when out in Alberta around the family horses..

Thirty one years passed when we would see each other occasionally at the fair or some event until I ran into her mother at the Morris Stampede in July, 1993, telling my story of being alone, which prompted Reta to tell Sharon in November my story and that she should get in touch with me. I had been driving thru Carman by the lot where this church now stands, where I started my prayer "GOD, please send me a good Christian woman who doesn't smoke and loves life". Sharon came to see me Dec 4'th and I knew that she was my prayer answered. We dated and were married in Sanford June 24, 1995. Someone had a bunch of tin cans to attach to our car but we walked home dragging these tin cans much to the surprise of a Hutterite family driving by. Our honeymoon to Thunder Bay was great except for our camping skills, Sharon having poison oak and me with an abscessed tooth. We redid that trip 2 years ago, staying at nice hotels and adding Duluth.

I was Pastor at West Hawk Lake United Church and Sharon would be my proof reader, changing a word or two or suggesting a comment and then coming to the service every Sunday with me. Her biblical knowledge helped me so much.

Sharon was a wonderful travelling companion The next 20 years were consumed with family, travel , church and home.   We would travel to Carman or Winkler many times a month to see my mother-in-law Reta or my extra mother-in-law Ann Hoeppner and her son Harry, having coffee and dessert and looking after any problems we could. Manhattan Beach Pentecostal Camp was a high light for us for a number of years and an opportunity to get the grandsons down for a week. We had many memorable trips that were important to her, our trip to BC with Tyler and Reta, our trip last summer going to bed and breakfasts, Temple Spa in Moose Jaw and Kananaskis, and Brennan and Taylor's wedding. When we sing Amazing Grace, it has a special meaning for me as Sharon and I went to the Christmas Midnight Service at the Anglican church in Moose Factory, the priest asked us to sing Amazing Grace, and it would be sung in Cree. I turned to Sharon and suggested that as she was Pentecostal this would be a good time for her to sing in tongues ie: Cree.  I was totally amazed that as we sang she was singing in Cree only to find out later that she had a phonic hymn book.

We have had a great life together amidst pain and suffering, physically with her post polio pain, broken hips, swallowing problems and deaths and concerns for family members that we must all go through. Had our faith not been so strong our time together would have been very difficult.

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