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Sharon Bays Johnson

Sharon Bays Johnson

Friday January 17, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Sharon Bays Johnson

Sharon Bays Johnson of Athens, Ga, joined her heavenly family on December 15, 2019 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was a strong and beautiful woman, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt. At the young age of 70, we were not ready to let her go.

Sharon was a friend to everyone. She put margins in her days to make connections with others in all sorts of ways from phone calls, visits, to beautifully hand-written notes. She was upbeat and fun-loving. She was always game for a great concert, a glass of wine, fun and laughter with the people she loved. She also loved travel, and in retirement, Sharon and her late husband spent much of their time travelling the world together.

Sharon was born on October 4, 1949 in Greenfield, Ohio to parents Benjamin Harrison Bays and Lucille Post Bays. She was baptized at the Hillsboro Church of Christ by Dr. Paul Jones in the presence of her family on February 9, 1958. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1967, and then went on to Mt. Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, graduating in 1971. Sharon joined the nursing staff at Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, Ohio. Years later, she went into private healthcare in Ohio and Kentucky. This is where she would meet her future husband, Dr. Gregory Lawrence Johnson. After being married in Hillsboro, Ohio in 1997, Greg & Sharon resided in Lexington, Kentucky. They found their true home years later when Greg joined Sibley Heart Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, moving them to Athens, Ga. For nearly 20 years, they put down roots in the Athens community.

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She is survived by her brother, John Douglas Bays (Tomi) of Atlanta, GA, niece, Jennifer Bays Brown (Byron) of Charlotte, NC and nephew, Bradley Graham Bays (Lindsay) of Atlanta, Ga, as well as her five great-nieces and nephews, Taylor Madison Brown, Rufus Byron Brown V, Henley Woodruff Bays, Reagan DuBose Bays, and Wyatt Bronson Bays. She is also survived by two step-children, Emily Guder (Jason) of Alexandria, Va and Peter F. Johnson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and step-granddaughter Lily Guder.

Special thanks to these friends who gave her comfort and support: her loving caregivers Deb, Kimberly and Terry, and bible study leader, Peter Wood.

A celebration of her life will be held later in February with close friends and family at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and the Humane Society of Athens, Ga.

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Karen Jacobs Hallberg

It is very sad to hear of Sharon's passing, another member of our HHS class of '67; my thoughts are with her family at this difficult time, and my prayer will be for them to be comforted by each other, friends and especially by God's Word.
Comment | Posted at 09:44pm via Condolence
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John Glaze

I was so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. The HHS Class of 1967 will be sending a memorial to the Athens Humane Society in her memory.
Comment | Posted at 08:50am via Condolence
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Kathleen Rhude -Decker

I am saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing . I will always hold fond Summer memories of cruising around Rocky Fork Lake in her convertible. Sending condolences to her friends and family. RIP, my friend...
Comment | Posted at 05:52pm via Condolence
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Marcia Burton Nace

So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. We took ballet and tap and from 1st grade to graduation together. Always a fun friend.
Comment | Posted at 05:43pm via Condolence
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Debbie Fehring Pitsos

My deepest condolences on losing Sharon. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers.
Comment | Posted at 04:48pm via Condolence
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