Sharon Ruth (Stumpff) Kreps


(Feb. 4, 2008)

Sharon (Stumpff) Kreps, 69, died at her Palo Cedro, Calif., home Monday, Feb. 4, with her loving husband by her side.

Sharon was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Scottsbluff, Nebr., to Clarence R. and Kathleen (Carter) Stumpff and was raised in Wheatland.  She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. degree in elementary education. While at the university she was active in the Tri Delta Sorority, was a twirler for the university band and was voted rodeo queen for Platte County Wyoming. At UW, she met her future husband, Lester (Butch) Kreps of Powell, and they were married on Dec. 29, 1960.

Sharon taught school in Laramie  for five years and was a substitute teacher in Utah and Southern California.

In 1976, the Kreps family moved to Palo Cedro, Calif. Sharon was an active 4-H leader for many years, a member of The United Methodist Church of Redding, and belonged to the PEO Sisterhood, as well as the Redding Doll and Study Club.  She had a God-given talent to visit Alzheimer’s patients in care facilities. Her kindness and love greatly affected each in a positive way.

She collected dolls from the time she was two and received her last doll this past Christmas.  She loved her dolls, but nothing like her children and grandchildren. Sharon lived to see the grandchildren play their different sports and seldom missed a game.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Butch Kreps of Palo Cedro; two children, Mikaela (Miki) Kreps  of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Shawn Kreps, his wife Brenda and grandchildren Nathan, 15, and Courtney, 11 of Cottonwood Calif.; a sister, Cindy Browall of Riverton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service is planned Feb. 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding, Calif.  Memorial contributions can be given to either the College Fund at the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 992716, Redding, CA 96099 or The Palo Cedro Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 86, Palo Cedro, CA