In loving memory of Sharon Blair: 1942-2023


Sharon Louise (Stancil) Blair was born on Jan. 12, 1942. She was adopted by Wilma and Bill Graaf and grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. 

Sharon graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1960 and moved to Seattle, Washington. There, she met and married Ray Stancil, and in time they welcomed two daughters, Corintha in 1969 and Dora in 1971. The family moved to Onalaska, Washington, in 1976 and then their son, Donnie, came along in 1980. 

Sharon was employed by the Onalaska School District for over 30 years where she was the elementary school secretary and also worked at the ticket gate for sporting events. During her final years of working for the school district, Sharon delighted in helping supervise children on the special education bus. 

In 1996, Sharon married Wes Blair, who was the love of her life. They enjoyed many camping and fishing adventures together, out in the beauty of God’s creation. In 1997, Sharon’s granddaughter, Allison, was born, and she always made Grandma’s heart smile! 

Sharon was quite devoted to her faith, family and friends. She always had such a heart for the underdog, as well as a deep love for children and a strong desire to be of help and service to others. In later life, Sharon was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and connected with so many special friends there. She was very hardworking, and also quite a social butterfly. flSharon loved flowers and was a member of the Fuchsia Fanciers of Lewis County. She was also a breast cancer survivor and a devoted member of the Onalaska Cancer Support Group. 

When the time came that Sharon needed more assistance and support, she made a home at Colonial Residence and later at Sharon Care Center, in Centralia, Washington. She thoroughly enjoyed playing bingo with her friends, as well as doing crafts and activities there. Sharon’s family is so thankful for the compassionate care and love that surrounded her wherever she went. Sharon passed away peacefully at Providence Centralia Hospital in hospice on Sept. 5, 2023. She was 81 years old. 

Sharon will fondly be remembered in the hearts and lives of everyone she touched. Like a butterfly, though she is no longer with us, she leaves behind a legacy of beauty and grace. 

Sharon is survived by her family who love and miss her greatly: Corintha and Rich Vaughn and Allison Pulham, of Vancouver, Washington; Dora and Wayne Moore, of Cinebar, Washington; and Donnie Stancil and Nikie Leback, of Centralia, Washington; as well as Sharon’s sister, Lana Graaf Bolla, of Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Sharon’s celebration of life service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Community Presbyterian Church of Onalaska, located at 288 Carlisle Ave. A reception will directly follow the service. 

“Butterflies are nature’s way of reminding us that life is a journey full of change, growth and transformation.” — unknown