Sharon Kemp
August 23, 1947  -  April 9, 2019

Sharon Kemp

Public Viewing
Emken-Linton Chapel
5100 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX  77591
Sunday, April 14, 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Emken-Linton Chapel
5100 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX  77591
Monday, April 15, 2019
10:00 am
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Mt. Olivet
7801 Gulf Freeway
Dickinson, TX  77539
Monday, April 15, 2019

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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.


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  1. Kelly Sharpe
    Houston, TX

    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.

  2. Judith Herman
    McAllen, TX

    Thoughts and prayers are with you. We're so sorry fo your loss.

  3. David & Judy Akins
    Texas City, TX

    So sorry to here about Sharon. God bless you Pat and your family

  4. Mary Helen Iven
    Santa Fe, 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.

  5. Janice Strait Waggoner
    Hot Springs Arkansas, TX

    What a lovely lady we have lost.

  6. James and Angela Ryan and Family
    Santa Fe, 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.

  7. Dr. Keith & Diane Bellamy
    Woodville, TX

    Our very sincere sympathy. May grant you grace and peace.

  8. Sid and Peggy Clayton
    Comanche, TX

    Our prayers go out to you and your family. We love you all. Gods peace be with you.

    texas city, 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

  10. Midge Davis
    Friendswood, 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.

  11. Kathy Henricks Bronson
    Louisiana, MO

    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

  12. Judy vanhaverbeke Ragsdale
    Dallas, TX

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  14. Susan Sireno Bousley
    League City, TX

    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.

  15. Cheryl and Darrell Spoor
    League 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.

  16. Jewell Wainwright-Horne
    LaMarque, 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.

  17. Don Bolin
    Sugar Land, TX

    My deepest prayers to Pat and family

  18. Jocelyne Kays
    LaMarque, TX

  19. Kim Vaughn
    Pearland, 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.

  20. Sally Beattie
    Houston, 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!!

  21. Christal Aubry
    Houston, TX

    May the family of Sharon Kemp find peace and comfort at this hard time.

  22. Bob Wright
    Santa Fe., 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"

  23. Carletha C.C. Hawthorne
    Texas City, TX

    I am sorry for your lost. Prayers for you and the family.

  24. Ivery G. Stewart
    Dickinson, 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.

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