Sharon L. Youney

Posted March 03, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Sharon passed away Jan. 11, 2014, at home from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gerhrig’s disease. Sharon was born in Garfield Plantation, Ashland, in 1958, to David A. and Dorothy F. Stevens and is survived by her husband, Samuel; and three sons, Jordan, William and Nicholas.

After receiving her degree from CMVTI she moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where she owned a graphic arts studio. Later, working on degrees from Santa Rosa Jr. College and a BA from Sonoma State University, Sharon worked for the City of Santa Rosa Parks & Recreation during which she developed the area’s existing Tiny Tots Program. She later received her PhD in Psychology from the Associated School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), working with parole groups and substance abuse cases for the Sonoma County Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODS) programs. During this time, Sharon created and implemented several programs including: One to One Baby and Dependency Drug Court. In addition, she was an avid volunteer for numerous local school and charity events. Sharon will be missed by her community and the many lives that she left a positive touch on.

Sharon was predeceased by her parents, and two siblings, Julia and Aubrey Campbell. She will be missed by siblings, David, Herbert (Scott), Gretchen McFee, Brian and Murillo Stevens, Frances (Wulff), Rosemary (Morris), David, Duane and Minona (Crouse) Campbell.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association, 835 Market St., No. 515, San Francisco, CA 34103; or to Celiac Disease Foundation, 20350 Ventura Blvd., Suite 240, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

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