Those who knew Sharon enjoyed her kind and caring presence. She grew up in Gary, IN and later moved to the Indianapolis area. Sharon and her husband, Tom, were members of St. John United Church of Christ in Cumberland where they volunteered many hours. They also spent countless hours volunteering at the Altenheim Assisted Living Center and the American Red Cross.
Sharon had a soft spot for children and animals, especially cats and dogs. Her passion was evident in the gift she left through her estate to create a permanent fund for the care of animals. Income from the Sharon Yates Endowment Fund for the Care of Animals will forever support Hancock County organizations addressing the well-being of domestic animals, including but not limited to shelter, adoption, and spay/neuter services
Sharon and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially going to Florida in the colder months. After the deaths of her husband and three children, Sharon devoted her time to close friends and to causes she cared about. Her philanthropy aligned with her love of community as defined in the Sharon Yates Community Development Fund which provides unrestricted income allowing HCCF the discretion to make grants that meet needs and opportunities as they evolve and change in our community over time.
Before her death in 2014, Sharon used the simplest form of estate planning to direct the creation of these funds upon her death. By naming the Hancock County Community Foundation in her Will and directing the creation of the aforementioned funds in the language of her Will, HCCF will forever serve as an instrument of her generosity. Through careful stewardship and diligent administration, many people and organizations will continue to benefit from Sharon’s generosity.