Shari Lee Dodd
Shari Lee Dodd, born November 2, 1952, in Marion, Ohio, passed away in her home in Telluride, Colo., during the night of Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Shari was the wife of 40 years and the love of J. Cliff Dodd’s life; a devoted mother who is much loved by her two daughters: Sara Elizabeth (Ben Knott), and Lauren Vernette; a fun and caring grandmother to Sara’s three children: Grace Katherine (the maverick), Violet Elizabeth (the sweetheart) and Henry Douglas (the wild man); the beloved daughter of Donald George and Joan Alice Ketteman; sister to Richard W. Ketteman; and a beloved daughter to her in-laws, John F. and Marilyn R. Dodd.
Shari spent her childhood summers in the sun around her family’s land at Evan’s Lake in Tecumseh, Mich. As a senior at Marion High School, she was a football team cheerleader and a member of the homecoming court. Cliff and Shari met on the tennis courts during Shari’s sophomore year at Ohio State where she attained her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. They were married on September 22, 1974, in Marion, Ohio, under an arbor of yellow roses.
She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. In Telluride, she worked as a counselor at the Center of Mental Health.
Shari was very stylish in a carefree artistic way, possessed a keen wit and was funny as hell. She could bake a beautiful latticed pie and was fiercely protective of those she loved. She was a very caring friend who shared her big spirit and even bigger heart with all she met. She excelled at Zumba, and was always there when you needed her. She held bodice-rippers in disdain and occasionally threw a poorly written novel across the room. She had an appreciation for a nice turn of phrase and was an excellent writer herself. Shari was a warm, funny, loving person who cared for others. She most loved spending time with her daughters, being a grandmother and hiking with her husband and their dog. She was loved by all who knew her.
Services were held at Telluride Christian Fellowship, 100 E. Columbia, Telluride Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m.; visitation with the family started at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the cancer charity of your choice in Shari’s memory. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co. 81401.