Funeral services for Sharon Haskin, 66 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Monday at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Friday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo with Father Cliff Moore officiating. Private family interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery. Donations in Sharon’s memory may be made to the Dickinson State University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund for Women over Thirty, the National MS Society or the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Sharon Marie Haskin was born on March 5th, 1944 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Hank and Florence Haskin. She grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1962. She was married on February 13, 1962 in Gillette to Chuck Betz and they lived on various ranches in Johnson, Sheridan and Campbell counties. Sharon loved ranch life, especially cooking for the hired men. Two daughters were born to this union, Randi Betz and Joyce Betz Jeppesen. She was divorced and in 1971 she was married to Duane Cowdin and they lived in Wyoming and North Dakota. That marriage ended in divorce in 1979. While in North Dakota Sharon began her college education and graduated from Dickinson State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1980. She went on to receive a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Human Development from Montana State University in Bozeman. She completed an internship in addiction counseling in 1985 at the Rimrock Foundation in Billings, Montana. Sharon began her Addiction Counseling Career of 20 years in the southwest where she was a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson in Tucson, Arizona and the Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona. Sharon was a consulting director of halfway houses in California for a two year period. She was also a licensed Addiction Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wyoming where she was Director at Powder River Chemical Dependency in Gillette and at the Sheridan House in Sheridan. She returned to Buffalo where she lived until the time of her death.
She was active with the Buffalo Senior Center Advisory Council, the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and ECW, and the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors. The light of her life was her three grandsons, whom she enjoyed watching grow up and attending their sports and music events among many other activities.
She is survived by two daughters, Randi Betz of Buffalo and Joyce Jeppesen and her husband Jerry of Eureka, Nevada; three grandsons, Jake Mahar, Nick Lulias and Alex Lulias all of Buffalo; one sister, Joyce Dickey and her husband Jerry of Newark, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents.