Martha Sharon Fjerstad
October 02, 2013, 2:58 am by Staff Reports
Martha Sharon Fjerstad, 69, of Sunrise Beach passed away Sept. 28, 2013. She was born to Rev. H.B. and Dorothy [Dale] Watson in Columbia, South Carolina on Aug. 17, 1944.
While growing up as a PK [preacherís kid] the family served parishes in South Carolina, Virginia, Brunswick, Georgia and Miles, where she graduated from Miles High School in 1963. The preacherís kids training prepared her for her future life while married to a dentist in the Navy.
She married James H. Fjerstad in San Angelo, Texas in 1964. Within a few weeks, they began their 28 years traveling with the Navy. Taiwan, Corpus Christi, Japan where son Scott was born in 1970, Great Lakes, Illinois where son, Todd was born, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Arlington, Texas, Hawaii and back to Corpus Christi in 1984.
During these different tours of duty, Sharon learned and honed her skills in volunteering, serving service organizations on many boards, Navy Relief Fund, Dental Wives Club, where she served as chairman, She volunteered 500-600 hours in many of these different groups. She was frequent visitor and constant supporter of the Federated Church in Sunrise Beach, where she sang in the choir.
Following her divorce after 33 years of being married to the father of her children and the Navy, she retreated/retired to Sunrise Beach. There her organizational and volunteering skills were put to use in her new neighborhood. She enjoyed being the person to go to for many different types of creating and organizing. She loved fixing things, working with her hands to create and alter many peopleís beautiful possessions, as well as, decorate many different places. She had multiple hobbies and craft endeavors.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Todd James and Danette Fjerstad of San Antonio; grandchildren, Myla and Thomas Rudd; sister, Judith Riney of Spicewood, her most significant other, Jerry Mark who had been her most constant supporter throughout her last three years of battling the challenging disease of ALS, and a multitude of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Scott Harold Fjerstad.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Federated Church 117 Lakeshore Drive, Sunrise Beach, Texas 78643
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland with Rev. Johnny White officiating. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
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