KIRKLAND — Sharon Yvonne (McCoy) Hungerford, whose life work was caring for others, went to Jesus on Nov. 19, 2018, at Kirkland, Washington.

Sharon was born in Astoria, Oregon, on Nov. 7, 1940, the first child of Elvis and Judith (Pellervo) McCoy. In childhood she read every book the bookmobile had about nurses, and she learned to play the piano, accordion, organ, and clarinet. She graduated from Naselle High School in 1958 as salutatorian.

Sharon attended Seattle Pacific College, completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Washington School of Nursing. She worked briefly at the University of Washington Hospital, at Harborview, and Providence Hospital, but soon found her calling working with geriatric patients.

From early in her career until her passing, she worked in nursing homes as a nurse, nurse supervisor, administrator, and co-owner. Sharon was a Director of Nursing at Jacobsen Nursing Home in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle for 14 years.

Retirement for Sharon just did not “take.” She taught at Nursing Assistant Training Institute in Shoreline for the past 11 years, guiding nursing assistants as they entered the field, inspiring many to go on to become RN’s. She had a special heart for English as a Second Language students, helping them as they struggled with a new language and began their nursing career path. Often, after working a full day, Sharon would, on her own time help students practice and prepare for testing. Her enthusiasm, compassion, professionalism, and dedication to nursing, patients and students knew no bounds. She did all of that in a quiet, gentle and unassuming way.

Sharon loved working with her NAC students to the end, and her impact was immeasurable. It was gratifying to her to come across RN’s during her hospitalization who had been her students years ago. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed.

Sharon married Walter G. Sneed III, and in 1962 her son Walter Sneed IV was born. In 1990 Sharon married Donald F. Hungerford and was his partner in adventurous living until his passing in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her father in 2000, by her mother in 2012. She is survived by her son Walter and daughter-in-law Arithel of Woodinville, by sisters Elaine (Richard) Manning of Okanogan and Mary Beaulieu of Kent, and brother Mark (Nancy) McCoy of Charlotte, NC.

Sharon will be fondly remembered for her strong faith, her appreciation of good music, her inquiring mind, her ability to fix most anything, and her lifelong dedication to nursing. Sharon lived to help others in any way she could, at any time and in any situation. She will be truly missed by family, friends, and co-workers.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be left at

Memorials may be made to: Overlake Student Ministries Missions, 9900 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

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