Sharon Joy Carothers passed away peacefully; one day before her 58th birthday after battling a lifetime of diabetes and - over the last seven years - End Stage Renal Failure. Sharon was a resident at Washington Care Facility in San Leandro.
Sharon was born in Oakland to Joe and Faye DiGiordano. She attended Marina High School. Sharon is survived by her father, Joe DiGiordano of San Leandro, her brother Michael DiGiordano and wife Debbie of Chico and her sister, Terrie Walker of San Lorenzo. Sharon was married to Michael Carothers for 25 years and they remained friends throughout her life. She leaves behind many family, friends and her furry babies, Jazzy and Johnny.
Sharon was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 9. She learned at a young age how to prick her finger several times a day to test her glucose levels and give herself shots of insulin to sustain her life. She attended summer camp at Bearskin Meadows – a camp created specifically for Type 1 diabetic children, teens and families. For years, she thought she’d never live past 35. At age 50 she suffered a heart attack which eventually impacted her kidneys and she began dialysis 3 times a week – first in Kentucky where she lived for 4 years – then back in California where she lived the remainder of her life. Between daily insulin shots and dialysis treatments, Sharon was no stranger to pain. For her 4-foot, 9-inch stature, she was one tough little cookie! And anyone who knew her would attest to that.
Sharon loved to cook and would spend many hours in the kitchen. She also loved to bake and created a variety of specialty cakes for many of her friends and family, including a wedding cake for her sister and a 50th Golden Anniversary cake for her grandparents. When not in the kitchen, Sharon enjoyed spending time with family and friends, eating out, enjoying the sunshine outdoors, going to the beach, camping with friends at Clear Lake, attending concerts and especially trips to the casino. She said ‘the slots really never hit until after 2 a.m.”
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Diabetic Youth Foundation (www.dyf.org) whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes.