Sharon Osborne Matthews passed away peacefully on March 8, 2023, at the age of 84, in Abilene, Texas. Sharon was born in San Angelo, Texas, the only child of G.C. and Iris Dell Osborne Jr. She moved to Abilene as a young child and graduated from Abilene High School in 1956, where she was head cheerleader for the legendary Eagles. She lived in south Texas after college and returned to Abilene in 1972.
Sharon and her husband, John, moved to Albany, Texas, in 1981. Her two passions in life were her husband and horses. She loved breeding, training, and showing Arabian horses. Sharon’s YL Arabians won numerous national titles through the years. While active in the horse breeding and cutting horse business, Sharon also continued her life-long hobby of antique collecting. She owned a tack and feed store, as well as an antique store in Albany.
Sharon served on many boards and commissions, including the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. She was well known in the area as the person to call to find sanctuary for horses in need, and to make sure they were cared for properly. She was a faithful and active member of the Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church, a docent at the Old Jail Art Center, and a frequent performer in the Fort Griffin Fandangle.
Sharon developed Alzheimer’s Disease and had an exceedingly long decline. As the disease progressed, Sharon’s faith, and the love she shared with her husband, comforted her. The family wishes to thank the staff of Windcrest, Dr. Sandy Hazelip and Hospice of the Big Country for their support and service to Sharon through her illness. Their compassionate care was truly a blessing to Sharon and her family.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, John A. Matthews, and her parents. She is survived by her son, Randy Green (Cindy) of Paron, Arkansas, daughter Holly Green (Mark Brown) of Albany, grandsons Danny Green (Brittany) and Andy Green of Paron, Arkansas.
A celebration of life service was held Tuesday, March 14 at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church, Albany, Texas. She was laid to rest earlier in a private service, next to her beloved John at Lambshead Ranch. The family requests that donations be made to Camp Able in Abilene, Texas, Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church, or your favorite charity.
Arrangements: Girdner Funeral Home, Abilene. PD