Sharon Roberta Wambsganss
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Sharon Roberta Wambsganss
  • April 9, 1942 - December 11, 2016
  • Airway Heights, Washington

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Sharon Wambsganss passed away on December 11, 2016 at the age of 74 after suffering with a heart condition since the age of 19. She was born on April 9, 1942 in California to Charles and Verna (Lawson) Given. Sharon was married to Ralph G. Bates for 35 years and had two children: Brian and Sheree Bates. Ralph passed away on November 15, 1993 from cancer. Sharon then married William Wambsganss on April 7, 1995 and they were married for 21 years until her death. Sharon was a wonderful Baptist minister's wife to both Ralph Bates and William Wambsganss. She taught Sunday School, went on mission trips with both spouses and supported them in the ministry with a generous and kind heart. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Verna (Lawson) Given, Wes Lawson, Ralph G. Bates and Charles Lawson. She is survived by her husband, William Wambsganss; her children Brian (Leslie) Bates and Sheree Bates; her stepchildren Becky Lewis, Bonnie (Bill) Lavielle, Brenda (Mark) Rabe, Bill Wambsganss, Beth Wambsganss, Betty Jo (Edward) Methvin; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Carol James, Roger (Ruth) Frye, Rachel (Gary) Metcalf, Ruth (John) Jeffers and Bill Lawson.
Arrangements under the direction of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.