The Sharp family of Glendora lost our loving matriarch on October 27, 2019. She leaves her six children and their spouses, Alain and Bobi Sharp of Victorville, Liliette and Jock McGraw of San Clemente, Sylvia and Bill Valencia of Las Vegas, Nevada, Paul and Rune Sharp of Columbia, Missouri, Jeff and Marjory Sharp of San Dimas and Bayside, CA, and Christina (Tina) and Jamie Earl of Glendora as well as 24 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Liette Charlotte Hervé was born about 60 miles from Paris, in Dreux, France in October 1921. She grew up there with her parents, two brothers and one sister and traveled to Paris for the opera and to attend Sorbonne University where she received her baccalaureate degree.
When World War II began and the Nazis invaded France, her family had to flee their home and hide in the country for several months. She later taught children in the village where she had stayed and the family joined the French Resistance and did what they could to help fight the Nazis. Liette stole coupons from City Hall to help feed the people hiding from the Nazis, and she and her family hid American soldiers in their home and provided intelligence to help the resistance.
Then came the liberation of France, and the Americans – including Lieutenant Carl Sharp, the man she married and spent more than 50 years with. Once they were married, she said goodbye to her family and followed her husband to America and his home town, Boulder City, Nevada. It was a difficult life in Nevada and they moved to San Luis Obispo, California with three children so Carl could go to college on the GI bill. Eventually they made their permanent home in Glendora where she raised their six children, sewing matching outfits for the whole family for holidays and cooking amazing French dinners. She replaced the Paris opera with singing in the choir at Loraine Avenue Baptist church, and taught French at Saint Lucy’s, Citrus College, Mount Sac and even Glendora High school. Throughout all her life, family was key. She kept all her children, their spouses, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren in her heart and loved every moment with them.
We will always fondly remember the amazing woman we were so fortunate to know.
Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. until time of service at 2:00 P.M. at the Loraine Avenue Baptist Church, 151 S. Loraine Avenue, Glendora, CA 91741
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