Sharon Lee Dozier

June 12, 1948 ~ July 21, 2018 (age 70)

Sharon Lee Dozier (nee Dodson) of Severn, Maryland was born June 12, 1948 to Jack Oliver Dodson, Sr. and Dorothy Phyllis Dodson (nee Merson).  She travelled the country and the world as an Army brat but always returned to her beloved Laurel, Maryland where her extended family lived.

 After going to Bad Krenznach, Germany with her family (where she broke her leg), Sharon graduated from high school.

 Upon returning to Maryland, she started nursing school at Baltimore’s Union Memorial School of Nursing.  She graduated in 1969 and stayed on at Union Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse for 20 years.

 Sharon gave birth to Michael Jonathan in December 1976.  In August 1981, Sharon’s sister, Laurie was killed, something which would affect Sharon for the rest of her life.  In 1983, she met Manny and they were married in 1986 and remained together until her death.  In 1989, Sharon again left Laurel to travel the country this time as an Army wife.  She went to Fort Devens, Massachusetts where while working at the military hospital on base she met people who would become lifelong friends.  Also, while at Ft. Devens, Sharon found her calling, she started working in the Emergency Room.  She would continue ER nursing until shortly before her retirement in 2002.  In 1993, Sharon and her family once again returned to Laurel.  She started working in the Baltimore VA Hospital emergency room, where she became a Certified Emergency Nurse.  In 1999, she left the emergency room for her final assignment as a Primary Care Nurse. That was also the year Sharon had her first stroke.  Although she did not have any deficits as a result of the stroke, she continued to battle the problem until her stroke in 2001, which left her with left-sided weakness and forced her to retire from nursing.  Throughout her career, Sharon worked in many aspects of nursing.  She worked in med/surg wards, progressive care, coronary care, and intensive care units.  Sharon was also a ward nurse as well as an emergency room and a primary care nurse.  She was never specific about which type of nursing she liked best, just that she loved the field.  Sharon’s health slowly continued to deteriorate until her final known stroke in April 2018.  After four weeks in a nursing home in Gambrills, Maryland she elected to go home under hospice care.  After a long struggle, Sharon, a lifelong Christian and member of the First Baptist Church of Laurel, was called home by the Lord at 7:24am on July 21, 2018. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Phyllis Dodson and sister, Laurie Rager.  She is survived by her father, Jack Dodson, Sr.; her husband, Manny; son Michael (Noel); stepdaughter Amanda;  brother, Jack Dodson (Jho); sister Diane Paniczko (Mike); five grandchildren, Ian, Michaela, Abigail, London and Jack; aunt, Betty Lou Beaudin (Dave).  She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.  Finally, Sharon is also survived by her beloved fur baby, Robby.

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