On Sunday, May 29, 2022, Sharon Kay McNish, a wonderful mother and grandmother to many grandchildren, passed away peacefully at home in the hands of those who loved her at the age of 78.
Sharon was born on August 1, 1943, in Oklahoma City, to David and Lucille Flatt. She lived in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater until she settled in Yukon in 1970, where she met several lifelong friends – Jennie, Linda and Lynn. Sharon graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1961, where she participated in softball, basketball and volleyball. Sharon married Carroll McNish and had two daughters, Sandra and Tami.
Sharon grew up in a racing family, where she raced alongside her sister Brenda, brother David Jr. and father David Sr. She shared this love of racing with her kids and grandkids, who all enjoyed spending time at the dirt track and also attending and watching NASCAR. Anybody who knows Sharon knows that she was a HUGE Jeff Gordon fan and met him on several occasions. You could always find her on race day in one of her many Jeff Gordon jackets from her collection, and you better not get in between her and the television. However, her fandom didn’t stop at Jeff Gordon. She was also an OSU Cowboys fanatic.
Sharon was heavily involved in all aspects of her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She NEVER missed any event. Rain or shine, hot or cold, windy or nasty, Sharon would be there. She would always help where needed, from homeroom mom, Girl Scout leader or volunteering at the concession stands. In fact, she was so involved in her grandkids lives that many of their friends only knew her as “Nanny,” a title that she adored. When she wasn’t volunteering in the community, she was at home sewing her kid’s clothes and skating outfits, one of her much-loved hobbies. She had her sewing machine set up in a window so that she could always see the front yard full of kids while she sewed.
Sharon worked at OSU in the School of Business and typed many thesis papers for students. She was a stay-at-home mom when her girls were young and as they grew up; she went to work part-time for Manpower. This eventually led to her working for Oklahoma Farmers Union, where she worked as the administrative assistant to the president until she retired in 2001. She loved her job and put her all into it, just like everything else she did.
She loved her family and friends, gardening, Hershey bars and cappuccinos! Her impact on everyone around her was far-reaching.
Sharon was preceded in death by her father, David Flatt, Sr.; mother, Lucille Flatt; brother, David Flatt, Jr.; and niece Tracy Flatt.
She is survived by daughter, Sandra Onley and husband Edwin of Stillwater; daughter, Tami Holloway and husband Doug of Yukon; sister, Brenda Free and husband Ed of Yukon; grandkids and great-grandkids: Hunter Gregory and wife Megan and their kids Keaton, Kade and Kolter, Abby Holloway and husband Elio, Tucker Holloway, Brandon Onley and wife Caitlin and their kids Ellie and Graham, Taylor Onley and wife Bre, and Savannah Onley; nieces and nephews: Eric Free and wife Jennifer and their kids David, Caleb and Brennyn, Jennifer Mackey and husband Bryan and daughter Brylee, Sherry Bohnstedt and husband Carl and their kids James, Carl and David, and Gary Flatt and wife Janelle and kids Joey and Josh.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Yanda & Son Funeral Home Chapel, (1500 W. Vandament Ave, Yukon, Oklahoma, 73099), followed immediately by a graveside service at the Yukon Cemetery. Viewing will be held at the funeral home on Friday from noon to 8 p.m., with the family will receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Flowers are appreciated and can be ordered through Flowers by Pat (405-942-0666), or donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (6601 Broadway Ext. Suite 120, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73116).
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, Oklahoma.