Sharon Koenig, 70, of Cross Plains, joined her Lord and Savior in Heaven on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. Burial will follow at Burkett Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5—7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Higginbotham’s Funeral Home.

Sharon was born to Mabel and Clyde Henson on March 25, 1938, in Coleman, Texas. She attended Coleman High School and married Robert Dick Koenig, of Burkett, on May 22, 1954. Sharon and Dick made their home in Burkett, where they farmed and ranched on the family’s century-old homestead. Sharon worked tirelessly beside her husband in the farming and ranching business, where she kept the books, toiled in her garden, cooked meals for the family and farm hands and pitched in when it was time to round up cattle, drive the tractors or fix the fences.

Sharon and Dick raised four children and seven grandchildren. She was devoted to each of her children and grandchildren, supporting them in endeavors ranging from bulldogging to ballet. She could always be found cheering on her children and grandchildren at rodeos, waiting on the sidelines at her granddaughter’s softball games, or traveling across the country to visit her family. Sharon kept a home full of love and laughter where family and friends were welcomed by her hospitality at all times.

Sharon loved life and inspired everyone with her energy and never ending positive attitude. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains and volunteered there often, cooking in the church kitchen and sharing her love and food with the congregation. Sharon was an accomplished horsewoman throughout her life and an active Cutter and Team Penner well into her 60s. She was a nurturing person who loved to garden and care for animals and the people she loved.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dick Koenig; her brother, Max Henson; her four children, Suzie Koenig, Sam Koenig, Sherry Odom, and JoJo Morgan; and her seven grandchildren, Lindsey Van Newkirk, Megan Collins, Savanah Koenig, Spade Koenig, Katy Jo Morgan, Kiley Morgan and Ashley Moon.

Following the devastating fire in Cross Plains in 2005, Dick and Sharon worked tirelessly in the reconstruction of the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sharon Koenig Memorial Fund at the United Methodist Church of Cross Plains. Donations will be used complete the furnishing of the newly rebuilt church. The First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains is located at 1000 North Main Street, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Donations may also be made to the Shawn Odom Memorial Scholarship at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.