Sharon Marquardt

Funeral services for Sharon Marquardt, 54, of Salado, will be at noon Friday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1007 Bacon Ranch Road, Killeen. Burial will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mrs. Marquardt died Sept. 7, 2017, in Houston. She was born Aug. 27, 1963, in Houston, and married Kent Marquardt on Aug. 10, 1985.

She was a mother, Army wife and special education teacher.

Sharon graduated high school from Cypress Creek in Houston in 1981. She graduated Texas A&M University with a marketing degree in 1985, where she was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. After Kent entered the Army, Sharon joined him at Fort Ord, Calif., in 1985.

Being an Army wife, she tackled the challenges of a series of assignments all over the world and the U.S. A highlight was being assigned to Germany when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Sharon had the challenge of being an Army wife while raising Matthew (1990) and Sarah (1992), both born in Germany. In the Army, Sharon was highly involved in volunteer work with the Officer Wives Club, Army Community Service and Family Support Groups. After 21 years, the couple retired at Fort Hood in 2005.

After her Army wife career, in 2007 Sharon found her true calling as a well-respected special education teacher at Harker Heights High School. The Marquardts resided in Salado in their dream home since 2007.

Sharon was known for her sense of humor, tenacity, strength of mind and selfless passion for others. She was well-loved by her family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

Mrs. Marquardt was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph and Lillian Brennan.

Survivors include her husband, retired Lt. Col. Kent Marquardt; their son, Matthew; their daughter, Sarah; mother, Betty Savage; father, Robert Savage; sister, Susan McCoy and her husband, Alan McCoy; nephews, Kenneth and Steven McCoy; mother and father-in-law, Kenneth and Suzanne Marquardt; sisters-in-law, Marianne and Brady Fly and Kimberly and Steve Neu; and nephew, Jack and niece, Kate Neu.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.

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