In Memory

Shari Johnson (Pruitt)

Shari Johnson (Pruitt)

Shari Pruitt

Shari Johnson Pruitt, age 55, went home to the Lord on November 2, 2009 after a very brave and hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Shari was born on December 20, 1953 to Robert Boone and Irmgard Haube Johnson. Shari was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to her huge circle of loved ones. She was a faithful servant of the Lord, and truly exemplified her faith in the Lord throughout her lifetime, and in particular through her battle with cancer. Upon learning of its recurrence, she refused to be sad or angry, and instead repeatedly would say, "This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it." She loved reading Psalm 91 during the most difficult times of her illness, and delighted that just as the Lord promises, she did not ever "fear the terror of the night." Shari's grandmother name was "Tweety"; her husband, Kenneth, always lovingly called her "my girlfriend"; and many of her friends called her "SheRa" for her strength and spunk during her cancer battle. Shari grew up in San Antonio, and graduated from MacArthur High School. She then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she was an active member of the Chi Omega sorority and began her lifelong love of college football. In fact, it was at the Texas vs. Texas Tech football game in Lubbock during her freshman year that she met her devoted husband and best friend of 33 years, Kenneth. She and Kenneth dated all four years of college, and she was well-loved by his friends and fraternity brothers (who just recently made Shari the first and only "Fiji little sister" in the history of the fraternity). Shari's love of college football continued throughout her life, and she and Kenneth would start each fall Saturday morning with "College Game Day" and would root on their three favorite teams: Texas, Georgia and Alabama. Shari and Kenneth lived in Austin for eight years after graduating from college, and formed a lifelong network of friends there. They returned to San Antonio in 1985, and Shari had been an active member of the community and of her beloved Christ Episcopal Church ever since. In 1988 she went to work as the journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at Judson High School, where her students affectionately referred to her as "Mama P." After four years of teaching, she went to work for Christ Episcopal Church as the kitchen director, where she was able to use her great cooking and unparalleled talent for hospitality every day. From Christ Church, she went to the San Antonio Academy, where she also served as the food director (and even took the initiative to "redecorate" the dining hall). She loved her Academy family dearly and enjoyed so much being around all the boys each day. Shari's greatest joy, however, was being a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and friend. Throughout her life, she consistently put others before herself, and did anything she could to serve her family and friends. She was immensely proud of the character and accomplishments of each of her three children and her son-in-law, and absolutely adored her granddaughter. During her illness and extended hospital stay, it became even more apparent how loved Shari was by her many friends and family. She leaves behind a huge circle of friends whom she cherished, coworkers who loved her, and family who will miss her immensely. Specifically, she leaves behind her husband, Kenneth; her daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Pete McLaughlin; her daughter, Kendall; her son, Chase; her granddaughter, Ansley Irmgard McLaughlin; her father, Robert "Bob" Johnson; her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Corbin Snow; her brother, Ray Johnson; her nephews, Corby, Caleb, Henry and Wendell Snow; and her uncle and aunt, Gunter and Giesle Roth. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irmgard "Irma" Johnson, who she loved deeply and who she has missed each day since her death five years ago. Her family would like to thank, from the bottom of their hearts, all of the friends and family for their outpouring of love, concern and prayers for Shari and for each of them during this past year. You know who you are; there are too many to name! Her family would also like to sincerely thank Shari's medical team, including Dr. Allison Garner, Dr. Vicente Valero, Dr. Blair Jackson, the amazing oncology nurses on 8 South at Methodist Hospital, and all the other doctors, nurses and support staff, who so lovingly and diligently cared for Shari.

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06/01/12 10:55 AM #1    

Valerie Ellis (Overstreet)

She was one of the most honest, nicest,  truest people I've ever had the privilege to call my friend! I miss her every day!

09/08/17 04:30 PM #2    

Mary Fletcher (Owens)

Rest in His Arms Sheri!  Mary Fletcher Owens

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