Edith Sharp


Date: Tue, September 13, 2016
Start time: 11:00 am
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310
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Merle Hay Funeral Home


Date: Tue, September 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Edith Sharp

August 22, 1926 - September 5, 2016

In Loving Memory of

Mrs. Edith Elizabeth Boldridge Hunter Sharp

(8.22.26 – 9.5.16)


Our beloved Edith Elizabeth Sharp transitioned from this life on September 5th, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society of Indianola, Iowa. She was 90 years young.


Edith, also known as “Sweets” was born in Atchison, Kansas on August 22, 1926 to Melvin and Alice Boldridge. Both preceded her in death. As a young girl, she was named “Sweets” for her insatiable love for sweet syrup and biscuits. However, her love for sweet treats and desserts lasted a lifetime.


Edith’s favorite flower was the sunflower. Her favorite color was yellow/gold.

Edith attended an all black school named Lincoln Grade School. Feisty and ambitious, she was a little girl full of spunk and attitude. One who did not take any crap from nobody! One time, while on her way home from school, she even socked a young boy in the head because he wouldn’t stop calling her “Bowl-legged Boldie!” She later discovered that he actually adored her.


Edith graduated from the 8th grade then attended grades 9 through 12. She graduated with honors. A short time later, Edith married Arthur Hunter who was hoping to be hired at Solar Aircraft in Des Moines, IA. Arthur’s sister and her husband lived there, so, Arthur and Edith relocated to Des Moines. Arthur was hired immediately.


Their first child, Arthur Jr., was born on November 7, 1944. He later died of Sids. Arthur and Edith were heartbroken. However, in 1947 Arthur and Edith were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter, who they named, Mary Alice Hunter, then, three years later, a very handsome son they named Jacob Wesley Hunter.


As time went by, Arthur Sr. was not feeling well. He was examined by a doctor and found out he was ill from steel dust on his lungs to which was acquired in Atchison. He died a year later in 1950.


Edith Sharp became a widow until she met the handsome, charismatic “William Sharp Sr.” which she happily married on June 20th 1953. Each of them had 2 children from their prior marriages. Bill had Phyllis and Billy Jr., and Edith had Mary Alice and Jake. It was a real live “Brady Bunch.” All of this made for an overwhelmingly interesting, eclectic, and loving family.


After Edith’s second marriage, a son, Ronald Keith was born to her and Bill on July 1955. Six and a half years later, a total surprise came in the package of lil’ Larry Dewayne Sharp – born November, 7, 1961.


Edith enjoyed reading, listening to music and preparing great meals. Throughout this period of raising children, cooking, cleaning, washing, and working outside of the home, Edith attended college and completed a degree at Crescent Beauty School. She became a successful business woman, opened two beauty shops, and employed several beauty operators throughout the years.


Edith also joined the COP program, and later completed her bachelor’s degree and graduated from Drake University. Edith served in several social groups and Sorority chapters. They gave her a sense of community spirit and social prowess. She was “Princess Oziel” worthy matron of the largest fraternal organization, The Order of The Eastern Star chapter #9. Being a wife of a Shriner, she was titled, “Illustrious Commandress Daughter of Isis.” Edith was also the president of a social club called, Puella Legatoe for a while, and then she became a longtime member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Des Moines chapter. With a host of celebrated titles, Edith was most proud to be called, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.


Edith was employed by the Des Moines Public School System as a school teacher. She taught Pre-school, and K-12…North high School and Methodist Child care were the last before her retirement.


Because of their hard work and their successes, Edith and Bill both were blessed to have traveled all around the world…Literally. They saw places most people could only dream of, and yet, they always remained humble and grateful.


Edith loved the Lord. She was a longtime member of Maple Street Baptist Church in Des Moines, IA. She served on the usher board for many many years under the pasturage of the late “Rev. George Parrish” and also Rev. Keith Ratliff. She later became a member of the Rising Son Family Church under the pasturage of Pastor Jason Allen where she became a church mother named “mother Sweets.” Edith dearly loved and respected her pastors.

Edith always had stellar health, she never suffered even as much as a cold! However, in her elder years, Edith was a breast cancer “survivor thrivor.”  She beat it!! She lovingly supported the American Cancer society through creating awareness, education, and donations of monetary gifts. Despite the challenges of this daunting disease, she sustained a healthy attitude, a warm heart, and always did it with a big hardy smile. Her joy was immeasurable in knowing that “The joy of the Lord” was her strength.

Sadly, Edith had the unfortunate plight of mourning the loss of yet another child, her daughter, Mary Alice, this time to cancer. This was the most difficult and devastating of all for Edith to endure. But, by God’s grace and profound love she was able to carry on.

During the course of Edith’s outstanding life, she maintained her posture of humility, kindness, and compassion. She sustained 2 marriages and 6 children, and two careers. She experienced the deaths of 2 parents, a step parent, 2 husbands, and 2 children, Arthur Jr. and Mary Alice.


For seven years, she survived being a widower. Surprisingly, she enjoyed her new found single life and later she became the proud owner and mother of a handsome little brown “Toy poodle,” named, Sharpie Sharp who kept her quite entertained and very, very busy.

Never haughty and with simple elegance, Edith wanted to be of help to anyone. She wanted to encourage, to educate, and to inform everyone about the devastating effects of the debilitating diseases of both Dementia and Alzheimer’s. And she did. She was a fighter til’ the end and she will be terribly missed.


Edith leaves to mourn her loss and is survived by her sons, Jake W. Hunter, of Lee’s Summit, MO., William I. Sharp Jr., of Des Moines, IA, Ron K. Sharp, of Avondale, AZ., Larry D. (wife Elizabeth “LizZ”) Sharp of Des Moines, IA,  a daughter, Phyllis Hall, of Los Angeles, CA. A sister, Peggy Roper, and three brothers, Norman Boldridge, Marvin Boldridge (wife Margie), Calvin Boldridge (wife Nancy), of Atchison, Kansas,  and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.


Flowers, condolences, monetary gifts and memorial contributions can be sent to

Merle Hay Funeral Home,

4400 Merle Hay Rd.

Des Moines, IA 50310

C/O Edith Sharp Memorial

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