Sharon Lake Steffey of Burnet, TX passed away on July 7th. She was adopted at birth in Albuquerque, NM by Vern and ViloraLake and christened Sharon Lee Lake. Known to all as ambitious, hardworking, ethical, and caring she led an inspiring professional and personal life. Throughout life she looked out for family, friends, business associates, and anyone she knew in need.
In her early years she was always an honor student and liked by her teachers and friends. She graduated from Highland High School in 1964 with honors and as a member of the honor society. She put herself through college attending the University of New Mexico graduating in 1968 with a degree in Business.
Sharon was a pioneering businesswoman and always worked; starting as a teenager at the local movie theater and then in banking during college. After college she embarked on a trailblazing career at the White Sands Missile Range during an era when it was uncommon for women to be in management. Her leadership skills, high ethical standards, dedication, and hard work saw her continually advance to reach the position of Support Operations Director, ultimately retiring in the mid-1990s.
It was at White Sands Sharon met her future husband and lifelong love Claude “Skeet” Steffey. Sharon and Skeet retired to their ranch in his hometown of Burnet. They built their ranch into a unique paradise of wildlife, cattle, family, and friends. Sharon and Skeet loved the ranch and all that was on it. It is a beautiful legacy. Skeet predeceased Sharon in 2008.
Sharon was compassionate and a caregiver throughout life. She looked after her own parents and Skeet’s parents during ill health and at the end of their lives. Upon retirement she was extensively involved in the community at the LeCare Food Bank and as a hospice volunteer. Not only was she a hospice caregiver but also led fundraising efforts with the Hospice annual fashion show. She was a key organizer and fund raiser for that event over many years.
Sharon is survived by her brother Douglas M Lake, Sister in law Marilu Lake, nephew/godson Timothy Lake, nephew Douglas V Lake and his wife Kira Lake. They along with her many friends love her and will greatly miss her.
Services will be held at 2pm on Saturday July 10th at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel 109 N Main st Burnet followed by a celebration of life at Trailblazers on the Town Square.
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