Her Life's Story
Sharon Patricia Keith Wooten was born on November 20th, 1945 in Kansas City, Kansas to the union of John Alfred Keith and Patria Alexine Kinney Keith. She was the fifth of seven children. She accepted Christ at an early age while attending Antioch Baptist Church. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, where she attended Dunbar Elementary, Northeast Jr. High and Sumner High School-Class of 1963. During her early years in school, she was a member of many organizations and received numerous honors such as Chorus, Majorette, Cheerleading and National Honor Society.
Sharon met and married her high school sweetheart, James J. Wooten Jr. on April 13, 1963. To this union they had five children.
As an adult, she became a member of Mt. Zion Baptist, First Baptist of Quindaro then joining with her husband James, Mason Memorial until his death. She later joined Pleasant Green Baptist Church under Rev. Jarvis Collier.
After her youngest child completed college in 1990, Sharon began advancing her education and received an Associates of Arts Degree in Accounting from Kansas City Kansas Community College (Cum Laude) and furthermore a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Management and Human Resource Management (Magna Cum Laude) with a GPA of 3.835 from Park College, Parkville, MO. That was one of her most important accomplishments. In 1997, Park College awarded her Outstanding Student for the Metro Park Campus.
Sharon was a natural born leader. She had the greatest love for people. She faithfully served in some capacity as a Member, President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary; whether in Women’s Ministry, a Church or Community appointed office. However, her pride, mostly being involved with The Sumner Class of 1963 and Alumni’s. She always served on a committee for the annual Sumner Class events. She truly used her gifts in accounting throughout her life no matter where she served until she had to turn the reigns over. A faithful servant she was!
Sharon worked and retired from the Board of Public Utilities after twenty years working in these areas; Worker’s Compensation, Payroll, Human Resource and Accounting areas.
Sharon was sharp, always smiling, helpful and a very strong woman. She cared and cared a lot for people in-spite of her own health. She always felt better when talking to others about their own life. She was knocked down many times but she always prevailed-victorious. The aches and pain could not stop her from worshipping, serving, loving and most of all dancing. Sharon loved to dance. Any event that had dancing you could find her on the dance floor. She took her last two steps and danced right into the arms of God!! And it was there he carried her the rest of the way!!
She departed this life on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:57AM surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, James J. Wooten Jr.; her parents and brother, John A. Keith III.
She leaves to cherish her memories; her children, Monica (Simon) Burbridge of Westerville, OH; James B. Sr. (Michelle) of Kansas City, KS; Olen of Topeka, KS; Clarence (Mancy) of Kansas City, MO; Duane (Lisa) Wooten of Omaha, NE; and daughter-in-law Teresa Wooten; siblings Beverly Robinson, Maynard (Doris) Keith, Shirley Nelson, Carolyn Elmore and Bruce Kinney; special Sister, Marie Watson; special nephew, Darryl (Tricia) Keith; sister-in-laws Mamie Keith, Delores (John) Carpenter, Johnnie Mae Wooten and Anita Wooten; and brother-in-laws Olen (Evelyn) and Glenn (Meredith) Morris; mother-in-law, Johnnie Morris; one Aunt Beatrice Lee; grandchildren Michael (Raphine) Hobson Jr. of Houston, TX; Thomas Ramey of Kansas City, MO; Ashley Wooten of Norcross, GA; Essence Fisher-Hobson of Oakland, CA; James (Brianna) Wooten Jr. of Bentonville, AK; Jamal Wooten of Kansas City, KS; D’Anthoni Wooten of Los Angeles, CA; Samika (Richard) Harrison of Pataskla, OH; Dymon (Jessica) Barrett of Indianapolis, IN; Tristian (Baraa) Monroe of Kansas City, KS; Erin Murphy of Brandywine, MD; twelve great-grandchildren; girlfriends Ilaine Smith and Judy Jones; The Hobsons, The Banks and The Elders (Ohio) families; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends along with the The Sumner Class of 63 and Alumni’s.
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