Sharon Ann Sidwell, 60, lost her final battle with depression and took her own life on Dec. 21, 2019. She was born Jan. 19, 1959 to Oscar and Lydia Boughan in Price, Utah. She met and married the love of her life, Lundy, at the age of 16 and the two have been inseparable since; a feat she and Lundy were immensely proud of.
Sharon was a talented artist. Many will know her by her Christmas tree ornaments she started making out of eggs in the 1980s – eggaments – and more recently out of gourds – gourdaments – but she was constantly experimenting with all kinds of art, often going off nothing more than a picture of a style or technique and “piddling around” until she was able to replicate it.
She was an art historian who spent hours researching colors and designs before using them because she wished to stay true to the source. She mastered intricate tile mosaics, pine needle coiling, Ukranian-style dyed eggs, religious iconography, sculpting, carving, leatherwork, beading, costuming, painting in several mediums on many different surfaces, and more.
She wasn’t afraid to get dirty. You could find her working alongside Lundy, twisting wrenches and getting greasy, in their shop, L&S Repair on 4th East. When they retired from working on vehicles they moved to Fry Canyon to become caretakers of the Fry Canyon Lodge. That was where her creative flame was rekindled and she was able to produce the most amazing art of her career. When she wasn’t in her studio, she spent her time coddling her chickens and rescue horse, gardening, and exploring.
She was a passionate caretaker of all animals, incredible in the kitchen with her sweet and savory creations, a bibliophile, collector of little shiny objects, Sci-Fi fanatic, and sports fan. She was a woman of many passions and talents that made her an eclectic, weird, wonderful, crazy diamond.
Unfortunately, she was not able to see this woman when she looked in the mirror. She struggled all her life with feeling she was a fraud or not enough. Her suicide has left her family and friends raw with sadness that their love was no longer enough to soothe the mental anguish she was able to mostly hide from others her whole life.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Sarah Sidwell and Lydia (Brant) Thompson; and four grandchildren, Jordan, Danielle, Christopher, and Blane.
A celebration of her life will be held in Fry Canyon in the spring.