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Lovingly adored wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and former Woodward resident Mary Sharon Dempsey Nagle Anliker Hartzell passed away August 19, 2016 after a long standing battle with cancer. Sharon had just celebrated her 75th birthday the month before with many of friends and family at her home in San Antonio, Texas.

The second of five children to Olive and Theodore Dempsey, Sharon was born in Atascadero, California in July 1941. During her high school years among many other activities, Sharon loved journalism, drama, and band. As part of the Marching Band, she participated in the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955! She graduated from Atascadero High School in 1958.

Sharon married her high school sweetheart Robert (Bob) Nagle in 1959 and together they had three children Robert Jr, Cheri and Russell. Although the couple divorced 10 years later, they remained friends until Bobs passing in 2012.

Sharon made a new life for herself in Phoenix, Arizona, marrying James (Jim) Anliker in 1970 and together they had a son, Mark. During their 22-year marriage, they ran a successful trucking business together.

Cowboy Gerald Dean Hartzell moseyed in to Sharons life in 1993 after being introduced by mutual friends in Cottonwood, Arizona. The two ended up working together at the Wits End Guest Ranch in Durango, Colorado. And in June of 1995, they were married there?on horseback! Later that year the couple moved to Deans hometown of Woodward, Oklahoma. By 1996, they established the Hartzell Cowboy Sports Arena, hosting various rodeo events and their famous 4th of July celebrations. Many of their events were to honor the armed services or raise funds for various organizations, such as for cancer research. They moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2010 to be near son Russ and his family.

Sharon loved to travel and some notable adventures included trips to South Korea, Germany, Hawaii, and all along the East Coast. She typically traveled for family events, such as reunions, births of grandchildren and the like. She loved her family dearly and they her, even if she whooped them in Scrabble. Like her mother Olive, Sharon also played the piano and organ beautifully, sharing her talent at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodward.

Sharon was loved for her kindness and respected for her fortitude, especially as she fought cancer a handful of times since 1989. Cancer may have taken her hair or parts of her body, but never her spirit. A friend wrote, The world has lost a gracious lady but heaven has gained a shining star.

Sharon is survived by her husband Dean Hartzell of San Antonio, TX, sister Olive Ann (John) Dorman of Atascadero, aunt Erma Brownlee of Brownstown Charter Township, MI, children Robert Nagle Jr of West Sacramento, CA, Cheri (Joann) Nagle of Lake Arrowhead, CA, Russell Nagle of San Antonio, TX and Mark (Karen) Anliker of Phoenix, AZ as well as step-children Christine Hartzell of Berkley, CA and Jerry (Jessica) Hartzell of Woodward, OK. Sharon is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sharon is safely in the arms of her Lord, as are those of her family who preceded her in death: Her father and mother, Theodore and Olive Dempsey Rougeot, stepfather Donald Rougeot, brothers Eugene, Theodore and George, and first husband Robert Nagle

Per her wishes, there were no services. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or some other cancer research organization in her honor.
Published on September 13, 2016
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