My name is: Sharon Kirts

Longtime Goldenite

Posted 3/6/18

Sharon parkway I was born in Cody, Wyoming, but I’ve lived in Golden since 1941. My parents came here for work. I was 4. My one claim to fame is that I have a street named after me. It’s Sharon …

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My name is: Sharon Kirts

Longtime Goldenite

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Sharon parkway

I was born in Cody, Wyoming, but I’ve lived in Golden since 1941. My parents came here for work. I was 4.

My one claim to fame is that I have a street named after me. It’s Sharon Parkway, and it’s on the north end of town. My dad was a carpenter and built the houses in that subdivision.

I married a man from Central City. We raised four children. Three still live in Golden, and the other is in Westminster. I have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. All but one grandchild and one great-grandchild live in Jefferson County.

After my kids had grown, I began a 20-year career at the Colorado School of Mines. I retired in 2001. I was an administrative assistant to professors. Over the years, I worked with five different professors.

Civic engagement

I’ve been going to the First United Methodist Church since 1941. I am the president of the local United Methodist Women. We’re a mission group. We support organizations such as the Christian Action Guild, Denver Urban Ministries and the Salvation Army, among others. We do a bazaar every fall as a fundraiser to support our missions.

I’m also active with Women in Mining — it’s a group to educate the public about mining, and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. With that, we plan meetings for government groups.

Flower power

I like to grow flowers. I’ll grow anything that will grow in our climate, which can be quite a challenge. But I have marigolds, hibiscus, petunias, roses and others. I gave up on tomatoes and tulips because the deer like to eat them.

I love the mountains and Clear Creek. But, I also love to travel. I’ve been to all the continents except Asia and Antarctica.

In September, I took a two-week trip to Ireland. And I’ve got a trip planned to go to South Carolina this spring to see the azaleas. I’ve always wanted to do that. But I’ll also be going to some historical landmarks and cultural sites.

‘Be an audience’

Another passion of mine is theater. I have seasons tickets to the Arvada Center, the Buell Theatre, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre and the Colorado Ballet.

I believe it’s important to support the arts and cultural organizations.

Tallulah Bankhead, who was a famous actress, said, “if you really want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.”

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