July 28, 1943 – Sept. 16, 2018
Sharlann Grace Lent (NEE Forbes), started on her new adventure September 16, 2018. Sharlann was born in Bellingham, Washington, in 1943. She was the daughter of a farmer and a nurse. Throughout her life Sharlann loved to grow beautiful gardens and flowers. Her passion for growing flowers leaves a yard filled with beauty. She was also a master at creating beautiful floral arrangements as gifts, donations, and as decorations at many of the charitable events she participated in.
Sharlann attended and graduated from Moxee High School in Moxee Washington with the class of 1958. After graduation she attend the Teachers College in Ellensburg Washington (now Central Washington University). While at the university, Sharlann earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Sharlann taught elementary school in both the states of Alaska as well as Montana for many years. She loved both states, and she loved teaching.
Sharlann touched many student lives in her time with the energy and desire to give her students as many opportunities and experiences as she could. She was known to arrange numerous field trips to bring the bigger world to her students. She even arranged for students to take plane rides. She strove to encourage her students to learn more and love to learn.
Sharlann was an active and vibrant person for her entire life. As a child she rode horses. She ran, water skied, snow skied, went camping, and hiking. She also climbed mountains, including the Sleeping Giant in Helena, and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Sharlann was not one to sit idle, she was normally a very busy person. Including her participating in a dance club.
Sharlann had a deep love and appreciation for art. Not only did she collect art, but she created art. She was an amazing seamstress. In the early years she sewed for her clothing for her daughter. Her quilts won awards on numerous occasions. The quilts she made were stunning and showed a deep appreciation for detail and beauty. In later years, Sharlann used her talent to create beautiful quilts for new mothers. She designed and sewed fanciful cat beds for the Humane Society. She also created countless dresses, prom dresses and costumes for her grandchildren.
Sharlann loved to be of service. She was often part of fundraisers for the Human Society and in particular for Hospice. She loved to decorate and help create visually stunning displays for many of these fundraising events.
Sharlann is preceded in death by her mother Ann (Lent) Forbes and her brother, Charles Forbes. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ann Jones. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Dustin Allen Jones-Vice, Destiny Ann Scott, Dillon Allen Scott, Desiree Anna Scott. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Forbes and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sharlann will be sorely missed by her family and friends. The family requests that no flowers be sent. If you are so motivated please donate to your favorite animal rescue organization or to your local Hospice in Sharlann’s name.
The funeral is private.