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March 31, 2013

Sharon L. (Brown) Felker, 74


Bradford — Sharon Laird (Brown) (McCarron) Felker, 74, died on Monday, March 18, 2013 at her home following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Sharon was born in Missoula, Montana in 1938 to the late Stuart and Mae Brown. She moved with her family to Oregon, Washington, California, and Utah where she graduated from Davis High School in Roy. Following graduation, Sharon joined the U. S. Air Force and was stationed at McChord AFB in Washington. It was there that she worked in the Air and Ground Safety Office and met her first husband, Peter McCarron. The young couple moved to New England and started their family, living in Kingston and Newton, NH, and then Merrimac, MA. They parted ways, and Sharon began working numerous jobs including waitressing, driving a catering truck, working at Bailey's in Seabrook, and Raytheon in Andover. Sharon always stayed busy, working 2 to 3 jobs at a time and raising her 4 children. Her house was always open to her kid's friends to join the family for the evening meal, to stay a few days, sometimes weeks, months, even years. It was then that she became to be known as "Ma McCarron". Sharon was always active in her community, helping with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, the "Merri Players", Minstrel Shows, the Couplings Club, the Merrimac Santa Parade, various activities with the Pilgrim Congregational Church, and her infamous Christmas brunches! As Sharon's children grew and moved on, she met her soul mate and love of her life, N. Edward (Fast Eddie) Felker. They began their adventure in the early 1980's and married on June 6, 1987. They made their home in Bradford near the Merrimack River where they enjoyed boating, watching the wildlife, boat parades, canoe races, doing charitable activities for the city, and having great times at the Crescent Yacht Club where they were both members. Retiring from Raytheon after 28 years of working there freed up some time for Sharon to pursue some of her interests which included her love of writing (especially her epic letters!) and reading, cooking (always trying a new recipe!), costuming, knitting, crocheting, local and social history, scrapbooking, photography, becoming a Curves Girl, and a Red Hat Lady in the Improper Bostonians and the Merrimac Red Hatters Chapters. She even tried her hand at bellydancing and bartending (not at the same time!) Sharon was very creative artistically, lettering many signs, and posters, and designing shirts for many activities at the Crescent Yacht Club. She especially enjoyed shopping for those less fortunate than herself during the holidays. Sharon got the opportunity to be included in the Essex Street Gateway Community Mural that was dedicated in Haverhill in June 2012. She is the lady wearing black and red near the sturgeon. Sharon thoroughly enjoyed traveling, taking "sister trips", adventures with Ed, and her many outings with the Red Hatters. At the end of each September you could always find her at the Deerfield Fair in Deerfield, NH, and she enjoyed frequenting the Farmers Market there as well. She had a keen interest in education, making yourself a better person, and the world a better place. Sharon was a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a life member of the AMVETS. Sharon's "Fast Eddie" sadly predeceased her on August 28, 2006. She is survived by sons Michael D. McCarron of Fremont, NH, William S. McCarron and Thomas P. McCarron of Bradford, daughter Cathleen (Missy) Perron and her husband Bill of Deerfield, NH, stepsons Edward P. Felker and his wife Claudia of Haverhill, and James A. Felker and his wife Melanie of Dracut. She is also survived by her best friend and sister Susan M. McIver and her husband Raymond of Henderson, NV, grandchildren Rory M. McCarron, Jordan T. McCarron, Brooke A. McCarron, Jesse O. McCarron, Mickey N. Fisher, B. Clay Fisher, Billy Perron and his wife Ashley, Jessie Perron, Eduardo and Adrian Felker, Nathan and Emma Felker, great granddaughter Mckinley Jean Perron, many nieces and nephews (Snigs!), a large extended family, and good friends Pete and Judy McCarron. Sharon will be deeply missed by all who loved her very much. Sharon's family wishes to thank the caring and compassionate help given to her by the nurses and staff (Jessica, Liz, Linda, Roberta, and Joe) at Commonwealth Hematology Oncology and the nurses and volunteers (Amanda, Marybeth, Mary Lou, Angela, and Gerri) at Merrimack Valley Hospice.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to call at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. (Rte. 125) Haverhill on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 2 until 5 PM. A Celebration of Sharon's life will follow at the Amvets Hall, 576 Primrose St., Haverhill from 5 until 9 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sharon's memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, by phone: 855-448-3997, online @ http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/, or by mail at P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook.