Sharon Cole Passes Away at 80


Sharon L. Cole passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 15, 2020 at her home in Hermiston at the age of 80.

She was born on July 1, 1940 in Malin to Gene and Luretta Musgrove Swygart.

The family moved to Vale in the early 1940s. Sharon graduated from Vale High School in 1958. She married Roger Owen Cole on Oct. 2, 1965 in Elko, Nev. They were married until June 2, 2002 when Roger passed away.

Sharon loved painting and gardening and her family with all her heart.

She is survived by daughter, Monica Barton of Hermiston; son, Kermit Cole of Lacy, Wash.; sister, Drenda Leathers of Helix; brothers, Jim Swygart of Nampa, Idaho and Allan Swygart of Pendleton; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Sandra Thurston and Kathy Swygart; and son-in-law, Craig Barton.

Due to current restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Those who wish to remember Sharon in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the CareVan at Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, 611 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston, Ore., 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.