Sharon Irish Kemp of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on the morning of April 9, 2019, at the age of 71.
Sharon was born August 23, 1947 to Sherman Irish and Margie O'Neal Irish in Ukiah, California. She settled in Texas as a child and attended La Marque High School. It was there that she met the love of her life, Pat, with whom she raised two children and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. After graduation, Sharon spent many years working at St. Mary's Hospital in Galveston before embarking on her 40-year career as an executive assistant at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Sharon was a lover of books, an amazing cook, a patriot and lover of all things American, and a compassionate friend to animals, rescuing and giving homes to countless neighborhood cats. After her retirement, Sharon spent her time doing the things she most loved - hosting parties and reunions; spending time and bird-watching at the lake and beach with her children and grandchildren; cheering on the Houston Astros and Dallas Cowboys; doting on her toy poodles, Duke and Dolly; and enjoying the company of her lifelong friends, a club affectionately known as "The Rolling Bones." Sharon will be remembered for her fierce loyalty, her generous heart, and above all, her complete and unfailing love for her family.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Patrick Kemp; daughter Lisa (Judson) McCann; son Eric (Erin) Kemp; her beloved grandchildren, who knew her as "Mimi" - Jaron, Ashlyn, Elizabeth and Evan; her twin sister Sandra (Joe) Berry; brothers Steve (Mary Janelle) Kays, Sherman (Denise) Irish, and Stanley (Jeffrey) Irish; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sue Ellen (James) Fewell.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 14, at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City, Texas. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 15, at 10:00 am, with internment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson. A reception will immediately follow at Arcadia Baptist Church in Santa Fe.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Animal Alliance of Galveston County. www.animalalliancetx.org
Dear Pat and family,
I am sorry for your loss of Sharon. I knew her when she worked at Barrios. She and I would have wonderful talks at the office about the joy our husbands and our children gave to us. She was always so thrilled with her grandchildren and had oodles of pictures to show me. She was very supportive of me as a young mother and I will never forget her kindness. I pray the Great Comforter brings peace to you all.
Kelly SharpeHouston, TX
Thoughts and prayers are with you. We're so sorry fo your loss.
Judith HermanMcAllen, TX
So sorry to here about Sharon. God bless you Pat and your family
David & Judy AkinsTexas City, TX
So very sorry to the family for the loss of Sharon. I knew her during our employment time at Lockheed Martin. A very nice, sweet lady!!!! Prayers are with you, at this time.
Mary Helen IvenSanta Fe, TX
What a lovely lady we have lost.
Janice Strait WaggonerHot Springs Arkansas, TX
Uncle Pat, Lisa,Eric and family, mythoughts and prayers are with you. I love Aunt Sharon and I will miss her. My only comfort at this moment is that she is with her Maker and is in the arms of her Mother, Father, Sister, Baby Brother, Grandmother and all her Aunts and Uncles having a reunion of their own.
James and Angela Ryan and FamilySanta Fe, TX
Our very sincere sympathy. May grant you grace and peace.
Dr. Keith & Diane BellamyWoodville, TX
Our prayers go out to you and your family. We love you all. Gods peace be with you.
Sid and Peggy ClaytonComanche, TX
Pat after reading about your wife she led a full and happy life. My heart and prayers are with you. May God ease your hurt and pain
ED "REB" MILLERtexas city, TX
I am honored and blessed to have known Sharon and worked closely with her for several years. When I think of Sharon I remember her beautiful smile and how she was always compassionate to others, fun, hardworking, and truly a great listener who offered wise advice. She loved to serve others and was a blessing in my life. I am sad for your pain and will pray for God to comfort your grieving hearts.
Midge DavisFriendswood, TX
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family She was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly Another angel from the class of 65
Kathy Henricks BronsonLouisiana, MO
Judy vanhaverbeke RagsdaleDallas, TX
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR WIFE . I NEVER GOT TO MEET HER BUT I AM SURE SHE WAS A GREAT LADY. GOD BLESS
DANNY JONESfouke, AR
Thinking of you Lisa and all of your family at this very difficult time. Your mom was great! I look back on many happy memories at house while we were growing up.
Susan Sireno BousleyLeague City, TX
So sorry to hear. Sharon will be missed. We will always remember her love for life and others. She had such a wit about her. Our condolences and prayers will be with all of you.
Cheryl and Darrell SpoorLeague City, TX
Pat and family, may God be with you during this difficult time. Our monthly get togethers (Lunchables and Rolling Bones) will not be the same without Sharon.
Jewell Wainwright-HorneLaMarque, TX
My deepest prayers to Pat and family
Don BolinSugar Land, TX
Jocelyne KaysLaMarque, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sharon was an amazing woman and always took really good care of everyone. She will be missed but her memory will live on forever.
Kim VaughnPearland, TX
I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. My heart breaks for your whiole family!! May the angels embrace you with comfort with their angel wings!! My thoughts, love, & prayers are with you all!!
Sally BeattieHouston, TX
May the family of Sharon Kemp find peace and comfort at this hard time.
Christal AubryHouston, TX
May loving memories of Sharon fill your thoughts during your time of sorrow. "What A Beautiful woman to reminisce about in days to come Pat"
Bob WrightSanta Fe., TX
I am sorry for your lost. Prayers for you and the family.
Carletha C.C. HawthorneTexas City, TX
My heart is sadden for your loss and I pray that God will give you strength in this time of sorrow. Sgt. Kemp, I love you and keep your head up, because God will never leave nor forsake you.
Ivery G. StewartDickinson, TX