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9/27/2012 9:34:00 AM
Friends celebrated Lamar's Tree of Life
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On a Sunday afternoon, this past July of 2012, friends and loved ones of Sharon Lamar gathered to celebrate her life by dedicating the "Tree of Life" sculpture.

The sculpture was created by local artist Mark Strain of Manson who knew Sharon well from North Shore Bible Church.

The Lake Chelan Reclamation District allowed the sculpture to be placed on the empty garden triangle in Manson behind the apple warehouses on Main Street, across from the Methodist Church. Memorial monies to Chelan Valley Players were used as seed money, and the Lake Chelan Arts Council spearheaded the project.

Others involved included the North Shore Bible Church, the Bach Fest, and the Morning Shoe Walking Group. Gayle and Jack Courtney were always ready to assist when needed.

The "Tree of Life" sculpture was commissioned to keep Sharon's memory alive in this valley that she loved so much and to which she gave so unselfishly with her talents, her energy, her faith and her dauntless determination.

Sharon touched thousands of lives with her involvement in and leadership with music at North Shore Bible Church, Bach Fest, Chelan Valley Players, and countless ensembles and private groups.

The dedication was held on her birthday, July 29, and was attended by all family members. Her grandchildren played recorders with Sharon's son Brett on guitar.

The group of attendees joined in with several verses of "Amazing Grace." Sharon's daughter Amy joined with dear friend, Marita Erickson, in a classical duet, and all present joined in for a closing doxology.

Family had a chance to share their favorite memories and heartfelt prayers of thanks for Sharon's life. Amy learned from her mom that when the chips are down, that's when you need a song to lift you up. Others in attendance had rich stories and memories to add.

Refreshments and conversation were shared on the Methodist Church lawn after the dedication.

Thanks to all who attended and paid respect to this amazing woman. Stop by the sculpture. Sit on one of the benches and listen to the wind whistle through the metal sculpture. You may hear Sharon humming along...

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