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On April 6th, 2018, Mrs. Sharon Denise Dale went Home to be with her Lord, after a battle with cancer. Sharon transitioned, peacefully at home in California, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, the late Miliam Fox Sr and Ruthe Wiggins, two brothers Robert and Miliam Fox Jr, her sister Patricia Harris, and the love of her life, her husband Richard M. Dale.
Born Sharon Denise Fox on September 4, 1956, along with her 4 brothers and 3 sisters, Sharon was born and raised on Staten Island. After her husband, Richard, passed away in 1993, Sharon was ready to make the move to Scranton, Pennsylvania to be closer to her younger sister Nancy. However, at the request of her daughter, who was a sophomore in high school, she waited and moved to Scranton in August 1996. All of her daughters would eventually settle in Scranton. In 2013, a discussion with her daughter, Carin, about coming to California to help with their newborn daughter and 2 other children, while she attended training, in Baltimore, and her son-in-law worked full time, became a discussion of Sharon relocating to California, for good. With the help of convincing from her older sister Pat, and to the absolute joy to her daughter Carin, Sharon and her youngest daughter, Libby, packed up and made the move. She resided there until she went Home.
Sharon was educated in the New York City Public School system attending P.S. 18, P.S. 20, and P.S 44; as well as I.S. 51 and graduating from Port Richmond High School. Sharon loved her life as a child and was known for telling stories of her youth. The advantages of having 7 siblings made for great memories and life lessons. Being raised in the different areas of Staten Island also afforded her the experiences of meeting people ‘from all over’. She also enjoyed spending time with her maternal grandmother, the late Nancy Gasdsen, at her home in Harlem, New York. Memories of traveling across the water and ‘smelling Nana’s food when we came up from the train’ were recollections told often. Or taking trips to Beaufort, South Carolina with her Nana to spend time with their family there. She was also blessed to spend time with her paternal grandmother, the late Mary Wilson, who like Sharon, was known for her ‘witty humor and language’. Sharon loved being told how much ‘like Mae Willie’ she was. She made sure her daughters spent time with these great women, as often as they could, as well.
From a very young age, Sharon loved music. Like many parents, she raised her children appreciating the music of her era. Her children grew up having favorite groups like Blue Magic, the Four Tops, and the Delfonics. She also had a love of cooking. She loved to have family gatherings, a favorite passed down to her from her Mother. She was known for having a family party, cooking a meal big or small, and having others over; and not just family, friends also. Some of her other favorite things to do were watching her favorite shows, like old cowboy shows, I Love Lucy, her stories, playing Jeopardy on the Wii, spending time outdoors, even just sitting in the backyard or on her balcony. Her absolute favorite thing to do, though, was spend time with her family, whether in person or on the phone. Many family members and friends received daily phone calls, and/or texts from Sharon.
She has left here to carry on her legacy, her five daughters: Falisha R. Delossantos, Sharon D. Collins-Burks, Carin Y. Carter (Tawasky L.), Jessica L. Dale, and Olivia E. Dale; 14 grandchildren: Falisha, Luvasia, Jasmen, Jose, Quincey, Genahyaah, Gerald, Samiyah, Knowledge, Saladin, Ramyah, Kore, Narye, and Pria and two great-grandchildren: Jahmire and Nevaeh. She is also survived by her two sisters, Deborah McLoud and Nancy Williams, and her two brothers, Ellsworth ‘Charles’ and Leonard Bishop; her Nieces and Nephews (all of which are her favorite), and an immeasurable number of Cousins and Dear Friends. She also leaves to carry on her legacy, her dearest friend and sister, Vivian. Theirs is a bond that none could break nor come between. A friendship beginning over 40 years ago, there has never been a distance too large to keep these two apart.
Also, to the staff at Mercy San Juan Hospital and Cancer Center, Dignity Health: there are really no words to express the gratitude we have for your ever-present compassion and attentiveness to our Mom, during this very difficult time. Our Mom felt so taken care of by everyone she came into contact with, from beginning to end, and we are eternally grateful.