Sharon Loftus-Myers

Sharon Wilson Loftus-Myers

Saturday, June 3rd, 1939 - Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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Sharon Wilson (Barlow) Loftus-Myers, 81, of Prairie Village, KS passed away Oct. 18, 2020, at her home in Prairie Village. Visitation will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS. Graveside service follows at 1:00 pm at St. John Catholic Cemetery, 89th and Pflumm, Lenexa, KS. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at

Sherrie was born June 3, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to Lawson Raymond and Doris Claire (Moore) Barlow. She grew up in Olathe, KS where she was graduated from Olathe High School in 1957. Sherrie earned her BS in Education from the University of Kansas and was a remedial reading teacher for the Shawnee Mission School District. She married Lawrence T. Loftus on October 14, 1961, and they had three children: Leslie Blanke (David) of Austin, TX; Lars Loftus (Emma) of the UK; and Laura Wiggin (Mark) of Hillsdale, KS. After Larry’s death in 1982, Sherrie later married Ralph E. Myers on December 31, 1987. Ralph died in 2007.

Sherrie was a voracious reader and was always looking to quench her thirst for knowledge. She also possessed a passion for travel, adventure, and sport. In her early years, she and Larry were active members of the Olathe Ski Club, where she performed aerial demonstrations kiting behind a tow boat, as well as being part of the skiing pyramid. Next up for them was snow skiing, a passion they shared with their three children. Then it was on to sailing in the Caribbean with Larry, again sharing that passion with their three children and, later, with Ralph.

Her talents weren’t limited to the outdoors. As those who knew her well will attest, drama was never far from her heart. Sherrie performed all through school and university, majoring in theatre whilst at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She excelled in the culinary arts as well. She co-wrote a column for Bon Appetit magazine and enjoyed baking with her grandchildren at every opportunity.

Sherrie worked tirelessly to give back to the community in many ways. She headed up an extensive campaign to bring a much-needed community centre to Olathe, was instrumental as the clerk of the course for her children’s swim teams, volunteered with the Olathe Junior Service League and American Field Service, and was actively involved with Habitat for Humanity for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands. Sherrie is survived by her children; her four grandchildren, Sydney and Seth Blanke, Caitlyn Ashton (Miles) and Bradley Rector; her brother, Lawson Barlow (Terri) of Smithville, MO; and niece Heather Barlow-Carson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sherrie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or Habitat for Humanity.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 10:30am
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    In State for family and friends
  • Interment

    St. John Catholic Cemetery
    89th St and Pflumm Rd
    lenexa, KS
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    1:00 pm


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Helen Nelson-Hougland

Posted at 02:20pm
Sherrie was a lifelong friend. Our friendship began in Mrs. Miller's private kindergarten in Olathe extending throughout the years until graduating from high school, then beyond. I have so many memories of her that I keep in my heart. She was the childhood friend that would go hiking, always go to the movies uptown together, show me how to catch tadpoles for the glass jar, and always willing to take a chance for adventure. I so admired her loyalty, intelligence, compassion, sense of order, and willingness to lend a hand. She loved her family above all. Sherrie is already dearly missed but never to be forgotten. Goodbye for awhile, dear friend.

Lisa Ezeamii

Posted at 01:44pm
Leslie, Lars and Laura,

So very sad for you guys. Your mom was an amazing, brilliant and beautiful woman. Your parents were the gold standard of cool when I was a kid but my favorite memory of her is a snippet from my wedding day. We had the reception at my folks’ house and I remember walking into the kitchen to find your mom loading forks into the dishwasher just to help out. Always the sensible pragmatist, just happy to be of service, no fuss, please.

I know you all have countless wonderful memories to comfort you and I’m happy to think she and your dad are catching up, somewhere. Sending you all my love.

Lisa Vader Ezeamii

Jordan Lowe

Posted at 08:50pm
Sending lots of love. What a truly amazing woman. I am so sorry for your loss. - Jordan & Henry
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Posted at 07:12pm
Thinking of you and your family . Love from four-legged and two legged friends at the barn.
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Karen Ricci

Posted at 03:23pm
Leslie, Lars and Laura, I admired your mother so much. My thoughts are with you at this time of sadness and loss.
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