Sharon Lee Like, 86, of Bloomington and formerly of Wheatland, passed peacefully from this world on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
Sharon was born on Aug.t 18, 1933, in Sullivan to James Harvey and Ernestine Smith. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Sharon attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis but heading into her senior year her family moved to the small town of Wheatland where her dad ran a small drug store. As might be imagined, a teenaged girl was less than thrilled to be moving from a city like Indianapolis to a small rural town. However, it was there that she met her future husband, Cameron Keith Like. Sharon graduated from Wheatland High School in 1951 and later from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1954.
During her career as a nurse she worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital as well as a local nursing home. But it was her 23 years as the school nurse at South Knox High School that was her passion. She so loved working there and enjoyed the students so much. She retired as the school nurse in May 1999 but continued working at the school as the attendance officer for a few more years. Until she was not able to attend she enjoyed the monthly “Lunch Bunch” gathering of her nursing school classmates.
Sharon married Cameron Keith Like on Sept. 12, 1954 and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2019. Sharon and Keith had a wonderful marriage and enjoyed traveling, camping, and anything to do with their children and grandchildren. They hauled their four children throughout the United States in their pickup truck camper providing many wonderful memories and exciting experiences. After the children were grown they upgraded their camper and continued traveling around the region. On many outings the children and grandchildren were able to join Sharon and Keith on their adventures.
Sharon was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and never missed a chance to tell them how much she loved them and how proud of them she was. They will all miss the sound of her voice, her hugs, and the kiss on the back of their necks.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 65 years, Keith Like; her children, Steve Like and his wife, Mary, ofPhoenix, Jeff Like and his wife, Renita, of Richmond, Virginia, Lisa Pagano and her husband, Brian, of Deer Park, Illinois, and Lance Like and his wife, Karen, of Bloomington. In addition, she is survived by 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Margaret (Dougherty) Smith, and her brother, James Gary Smith.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the South Knox Education Foundation, 6116 East Ind. 61, Vincennes, IN 47591, where a scholarship fund for future nurses will be established. Condolences may be sent to: Keith Like at Apt. 1239, 901 S. Hastings Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401, or sent to the family online at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.