Sharron Darlene (Sadie) Thompson Violette, age 81, entered the pearly gates on March 28, 2021. She was born February 18, 1940 in Polson, Montana to Joe and Dorothy (Smith) Thompson. She graduated from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing and became a registered nurse on December 15, 1961. She also took advanced courses at Montana State College in Bozeman and Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Using her skills, she volunteered to assist wounded Vietnam veterans.
Sharron married her Polson high school sweetheart, James (Jim) G. Violette, on October 19, 1963. Together they traveled the world and raised their family, living overseas in Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines, and in the states of Texas, California, Nevada, North Dakota, Florida, and Virginia, before Jim retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and they returned to Polson in 1982.
Sharron’s intelligence, dry wit, candid observations, and warm heart were appreciated and admired by many dear friends and family. She adored giving gifts and had an amazing memory. As a child, she loved spending time on her Grandpa John Smith’s homestead ranch in Irvine Flats. She was devoted to her family, and she truly adored her pet cats and dogs. She was also an avid reader and an incredible bowler, seamstress, and cook.
Sharron is survived by her beloved husband Jim, sister Joan Estep, brother Stan Thompson (Donna Rae), daughter Mandy Melgaard (John), son Jim Jr., four grandchildren (Lacey, Brittany, Alyssa, and Sherman), and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother Wayne Thompson.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Polson, St. Patrick’s Hospital and Foundation in Missoula, and Partners in Home Care (Hospice) for their excellent care and support during her health struggles.
Per Sharron’s request, there will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Valley Animal Shelter at (406) 883-5312 or P.O, Box 1644, Polson, Montana 59860.