In Memoriam -- Sharon Eakins
Halcyon House team member Sharon Eakins, 46, passed away suddenly on May 3.
Sharon had been a Registered Nurse with Halcyon House since September 2016, working most recently on weekends. Sharon's leaders describe her as a kind and caring nurse who was well-liked by both residents and team members.
Sharon is survived by her husband, John Eakins, of Ottumwa; daughters Ashlee Post and Nichole Hipshur, both of Ottumwa; step-daughters Crystal Noble and Mary Lou-Ann Johnson, both of Mississippi; a step-granddaughter and step-great-granddaughter, also from Mississippi; and two brothers and two sisters, including a twin sister, Karen.
Sharon had been looking forward to becoming a grandmother, as her daughter Nichole is expecting a baby later this year.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, with family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sharon's fellow team members say she talked often about her Christianity, her love for her family, and her love for her work at Halcyon House. She was also an animal lover -- her dog, Dakota, was very special to her, and she had some unusual pets as well. Sharon was very good with auto or motorcycle mechanics and could take an auto transmission apart and put it back together again!
One month this past winter at Halcyon House, Sharon was the recipient of an award for earning the greatest number of “pickles” — compliments from team members and residents, presented on cards to the recipient. She was very proud of the award, and of being given the use of a reserved parking spot close to the community's entrance for the subsequent month.
But in true Sharon fashion, her leaders report, she requested that the parking space be given to one of her colleagues, She worried about this person, who got off work at 10 or 11 p.m. and had to walk to her car ... seemingly not realizing that she herself had to do the same thing when she got off work in the dark!
As her leaders put it: "This is the kind of person that we all knew in Sharon Eakins. She will be greatly missed."