It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of Sharon Cleda Cavanagh. Sharon was born on May 14, 1955, to “Frell” and Cleda Blair, joining her big brother Boyd in Nyssa, Oregon. At Nyssa High School she met her first husband, John Hight, and together they had three children, Jared Hight, Katrina Padilla (Hight) and Shayla Monnier (Hight), and settled down in Silverdale, WA. Following the dissolution of this marriage, Sharon remarried Vince Cavanagh and together they had two children, Vincent Cavanagh and Jentry Plummer (Cavanagh). This marriage took her to Syracuse, NY and Deland, Fl before settling in Boise, ID. This marriage too ended, and Sharon took to the road for some years before returning to Boise shortly before her death at the age of 66 on April 16, 2022.
Sharon loved a great many things. True crime novels and movies, mysteries, red and black licorice (eaten together), pecan sandies, beets with mayo, French fries with mayo, baby shrimp with mayo (maybe it was just the mayo?) grape nuts, soap operas, the beach, the sun, sun tea, movies, concerts, board games, a good road trip, and her small dogs. She was never happier than when pregnant or raising small children, for this was her true passion
Sharon was predeceased by her parents and survived by her brother and his wonderful wife Marilyn (Hale), her five children, ten grandchildren, and more nieces and nephews than she could shake a stick at.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
-Mary Elizabeth Frye
There will be a graveside service at the Lewiston Cemetery in Lewiston, Utah on June 11 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please perform an unsolicited and unexpected act of kindness in her name.
Despite a nearly 30-year career in nursing, a loved mother, grandmother and sister, Sharon succumbed to a losing battle with drugs and alcohol. Addiction does not discriminate. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please call SAMHSA’s 24/7 National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).