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January 15, 2009 3:19 am

Sharon Ann Cartwright-Jones

Written by Tribune Staff

(Nov. 7, 1945 – Jan. 11, 2009)

Sharon Cartwright-Jones died at her home in Hall Summit, La., Sunday, Jan. 11 after a short battle with cancer.

She was born in Canon City, Colo., the fifth child of Dick and Clarice Cartwright. She grew up in Laramie, Fort Collins, Colo., and Thermopolis.

Her passion for independence and her love of travel made her profession as a truck driver a perfect fit. She owned her own truck for many years and co-owned a trucking company with her brother Gale. She traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, South America and the Bahamas. Sharon was also a talented musician who passed her love for music on to her children and grandchildren.

She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and wife. Her strong work ethic, self-determination and ability to laugh were examples to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Gary and Gene Cartwright, and her niece, Michelle Cartwright.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Larry Jones; daughters Lynn Smith (Walter) of Bozeman, Mont., and Kimberly McElhaney of Las Vegas; son Charlie Cardenas (Bonni Jo) of Billings; sisters, Eunice Burke and Shirley Foreman, of Thermopolis; and brother Gale Cartwright (Suzan), also of Thermopolis. She is also survived by five grandchildren.

At Sharon's request cremation has taken place, and no formal services are planned. A family gathering to celebrate her life will be held in Thermopolis at a later date. Memorials in her name can be made to a cancer charity or hospice of one's choosing.