Sharon Jeannette Dickerson, age 75, of Billings passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, from heart failure. Sharon was born on Feb. 24, 1943, to her parents Dale and lone (Helmey) Swartz of Broadview. Her mother remarried, and Sharon was adopted by her stepfather, Sam Olson. She was the first of four daughters and was loved and adored by her three younger sisters. Sharon was married to her late husband, Melvin Dickerson.
Sharon was a devoted Special Needs teacher for School District No. 2 for most of her career and a fierce advocate for those vulnerable children who needed extra care. Her loving and tender heart did not stop there. In addition to her own children and grandchildren, Sharon opened her home to many foster children that spanned many years. She also had guardianship of two special-needs children, Kim Romero and Krystin Thompson. Her desire to help others was immense and genuine, and she never asked for anything in return. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, mentor and friend who had boundless energy. Her grandchildren called her 'Buggy,' a name that many friends and family members adopted.
In 2007, Sharon was bestowed the honor of Foster Mother of the Year for the State of Montana. She will always be remembered as an angel with a big heart. Not only kind and caring, Sharon was a class-act with a wicked sense of humor who would light up a room when she entered it.
Survivors include her sisters Glenda Schnell (Bob), Peggy Cluff (Don), and Betty Kay Jarvis (Bob); her children Serene Schwenneker, Ryan Dickerson, and Madaleen Williams; her grandchildren Trae Schwenneker, Davia Schwenneker, Ariana Erben, Hailee Erben, and Tanner Lumpy.
Funeral services honoring Sharon's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Poly Dr. and 13th St. W., with Pastor Dave Thompson officiating.
Sharon's earthly light may have flickered out, but the light of her beautiful spirit will shine forever.