Sharon Jean Morgan Aikins, 74, of Lawrence, passed away August 19, 2021. She was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, on December 30, 1946, to Herman F. and Elenor H. (Duncan) Morgan. They lived in Iowa Falls until 1955 when the family moved to Erie, Kansas. She attended schools in Erie and graduated from Erie High School in 1965. She studied for two years on an academic scholarship at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
In 1966, Sharon married David M. Aikins, also from Erie. They lived in Lawrence throughout their married life, divorcing in 2003. They were the parents of two children, David Kurt Aikins, Lawrence, and Kimberly Diane Aikins Steinbacher, Olathe, KS. They also have two grandchildren, Kamaryn Z. Gibson, Lawrence, and Dakota G. Gibson, Olathe.
Sharon was actively involved in her children's education, volunteering at their schools, and advocating for her son during the 1970's and 80's when special education laws were newly created. She was a participant of the Association for Retarded Citizens/Douglas County organization. In addition to caring for her children, Sharon was an animal lover, owning horses, countless cats, and breeding and raising dogs, over the years. She enjoyed music and was an avid reader. In her later years, Sharon made jewelry and sold it online; she even gained a lifelong friend through her business.
Family was important to Sharon. She is survived by her two children, her granddaughters, and a nephew, Russell S. Morgan, Mound City, KS. Preceding her in death were her parents, Herman and Elenor Morgan; her paternal grandparents, William and Clara Morgan; her maternal grandparents, Hobart and Hilka Duncan; her brother, Larry F. Morgan; and her nephew, Robert F. Morgan.
Sharon's family would like to extend special thanks to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association Hospice Care and Medicalodges of Eudora, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Visiting Nurses Association, kansasvna.org/donate
. We also suggest that you spread her kindness by doing something like smiling at a stranger, leaving your server an extra tip, assisting someone who needs help, giving an unexpected compliment, or saying something encouraging to someone who may need it.
Chapel Oaks Cremation & Funeral Services, Lawrence is honored to assist the family. See www.chapeloaksne.com
for online condolences.
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 22, 2021.