Sharon Lee Walker

Sharon Lee Walker

August 13, 1934 ~ June 22, 2020

Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: Laguna Woods, California

Sharon Lee Walker
Born August 13, 1934, Died June 22, 2020

Sharon Lee Walker passed away at age 85 and was a resident of Laguna Woods.

Sharon was a native Californian born in Los Angeles to her parents Jim and Ehrma Sawyer; and was an only child. She grew up in South Gate, California. In her early years she camped with her extended family at Newport Back Bay every summer.  She was a great swimmer and had a deepappreciation of the ocean and nature.

Sharon loved to dance and learned ballroom on the Rainbow Girls group. In high school she met the love of her life George Walker at a square dance club in South Gate. They married and have seven children that they shared an adventurous life. Sharon made sure all her children were good swimmers and they spent many days with her family at the beach enjoying the ocean.

When her youngest child was three years old Sharon went back to college and she obtained her Nursing degree and credentials in the first Nursing Program at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.  Sharon was a Nurse, specializing in Emergency Room and Trauma;  she  retired after 40 years, at the age of 75 years old.  Sharon was so passionate about her career in Nursing,  even in retirement, Sharon continued to study and keep her Nursing License current until she died.

Sharon leaves behind a large extended family of 7 children (spouses), 1 cousin, 1 brother-in-law and 1 sister-in-law, 8 nieces and nephews, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren who she loved dearly and brought her great joy. Sharon also has a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and many longtime (over 70 years) & close friends. All who know and loved Sharon will miss her wit, optimism strong and caring spirit.



Funeral Service: July 3, 2020 10:00 am

O'Connor Mortuary
25301 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 581-4300

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: July 3, 2020 12:30 pm

El Toro Memorial Park
25751 Trabuco Rd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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  1. Georgia Derus June 30, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace sweet Mama.
    Your memory is a blessing to all who knew you.

    • DENISE FRONKO June 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Many people will miss your mom. She was a loving person.

  2. DENISE FRONKO June 30, 2020 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I became another child of the Walker family when I became friends with Georgia at age 13. Both Georgia’s parents, George and Sharon, were great parents to me. I have many years of wonderful memories. Many days of laughter, smiles, good food and a lot of love. Oh and I ended up with seven additional siblings from the Walker family to go along with my one and only sibling Debbie.
    I will miss you Sharon. Thank you for seeing me as one of your own.

  3. Michelle July 1, 2020 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I will never forget how fun and amazing she was!! Grandma had a Sega Genesis in the 90’s and she would always play Sonic the Hedgehog with me. I will forever remember dancing with her at a night club in Palm Springs and can close my eyes and hear the words in her voice saying, “How you doing hun?” I love and miss her so much!

  4. Liana July 1, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I am so lucky to have had the most loving and most glamorous grandma. She was surrounded by love her whole life and her family with keep her memory with us for many generations. I love you Grandma!

  5. Marilee Scott July 2, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I have so many memories of beautiful Sharon. She was such a good friend. We laughed a lot and enjoyed our time with she and George. May she Rest In Peace and know she will be missed very much.

  6. Carol Jean Atkins July 2, 2020 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Sharon was a dear friend. Our family shared many good times with her entire family . TO show how living she was, she called me on Thanksgiving Day years ago while the Indian Fire was approaching our neighborhood. She did not say can I bring you food? She said, I have a whole Thanking Dinner cooked for your family. Where can we meet?

  7. Valerie Hutchinson July 2, 2020 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    My mama was an inspiration. She taught me to love the ocean and travel. She was the calm in the storm during emergencies. I am so glad she was able to spend time with us in our home in Hawaii. She was able to see sea turtles 🐢 and float in the beautiful warm waters here. She was a wonderful grandma to my sons and great grandma to my grandsons. I Leila miss her so much!

  8. Susan Friedman July 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Sharon was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. I have shared so many fun times with her and Marilyn. It has been an honor to have had her in my life. She was a lovely and generous soul who loved life and shared that passion and joy with everyone.she knew and loved.

  9. Cathy Hawkins July 3, 2020 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I love you Sharon, thank you for your love, kindness, generosity and fun-filled spirit. I am so grateful that you and George left us all with such a wonderful family where you will live on for years and years to come. Thank you for your friendship. I miss you.

  10. Valerie Hutrchinson July 3, 2020 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    My mother was an inspiration to me. She had many different lives and was so different after she became a nurse then the mother I knew as a child. As a child I remember her patiently waiting for us to finish six different levels of swimming lessons from Mommy and Me with Bill to Life Saving with Carol. Then we would go to Corona Del Mar or Newport Beach, library, Girl’s Club or Scouts sometimes all in the same day. She always had so much energy but had a calm demeanor.
    She became a nurse after having seven children and inspired me to go back to school to become a speech pathologist even though I had two infants. I could not have done it without her support. She became more confident and became a true friend besides a wonderful Mom and Grandmother.
    Mom loved parties, travel, scuba diving , Hawaii, Elvis and dancing like no one is watching. I will miss her great sense of humor, medical advice (always spot on) and optimism.

    About thirty-five years ago I saw my mother save a life. My husband and I were going to night classes at Long Beach State. Mom was also attending nursing classes.
    She had finished a 12 hour shift the night before. My husband got home from work and we loaded the kids and diaper bag along with their toys and snacks in the car. We drove to my parent’s house; my brothers Jim and Bill and sister Marilyn would babysit. Mom had her classwork and some food to eat in the car on the long drive to the college.
    We were two minutes from the freeway onramp, when we heard the crash of metal. At the next intersection, two cars had violently slammed into one another. The mother and child in the white car were crying but seemingly unhurt. The man in the blue car had serious injuries. A group of well-meaning men were pulling him from the car and holding him by his arms and legs, his head lolling with each awkward step.
    Mom gasped, but in a calm voice said, “We have to pull over.”
    My husband stopped the car along side of the men and injured man. Mom grabbed her purse and left the car. She took charge of the scene declaring that she was a nurse and to lie the man on the ground.
    She checked his pulse, and then adjusted his airway. She gave him some breaths and his breathing was shallow but, restored. She used a penlight from her purse to check his eyes. One was dilated and the other a pinpoint. Bystanders said they had called for an ambulance. One bystander ran to a nearby medical plaza and brought a doctor back. Mom turned over the care to the doctor and we left for school shortly after that.
    We were all late to class . Ironically my husband and I were both taking a CPR class. We told the professor why we were late and he excused us with a shocked look on his face. Mom kept tabs on the man as he had been brought to her hospital. It was a month later that she told us that he was finally released. My mom was not only my hero but a hero to countless others.

    Valerie Walker Hutchinson

  11. Steve and Julie Derus July 4, 2020 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Sharon, no doubt, kindly touched many lives throughout her time here. Wether it be her family or during her career she will be missed by all.

  12. BOB SAWYER July 19, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

    To the entire Walker Family
    Diane and I were sad to hear about your Mom/Grandma, Your Mom and Dad and the whole family always made me feel so welcome the three winters I spent with all of you. May God bless all of you.
    Bob and Diane Sawyer

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