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Obituary: Patricia Sharp, Columbus

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Patricia Ann Sharp was born on August 17, 1938, in Columbus, Indiana. She was the eldest daughter of eight children born unto Chester and Flossie Sharp. Her younger brothers are Gary, Don, Dwight, Dick, Ed, Vincent, and Ken. The family moved to California when Patty was 16 years old. This may have been the start of her passion for travel.

Patty met and married Charles Ingram in San Diego, California as a young woman. The couple had five children: Christel, Charles, Jeff, Teresa and Stephanie. Even though the marriage ended, she tried to keep in contact with her children with beach trips, mountain trips and dinners at upscale restaurants which led to long conversations. After she moved back to Indiana, she would call her daughters on Sundays and would have lengthy discussions with them.

Some of her happiest moments were when she married Burt Lippman. It was at this time in her life she traveled to Europe and Hawaii, golfed, and dabbled in gardening. She worked as a travel agent for several years before working with Continental Airlines.

After Burt passed away she moved back to her roots in Indiana. Her friends have wonderful memories of Patty/Trish. Pat’s daughter was able to meet and talk with her friends from elementary school and Continental Airlines. These are just a few friends that she made along the way. The words they used to describe her were hard-working, fun, kind, gentle, loveable and she never realized how beautiful she was. Both of moms friend’s, Sharon and Patty Jo, would talk about the beautiful quilts she made.

Two years ago Patty started on her last journey. She developed COPD with dementia.

Her trip ended on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. She will be buried at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, alongside her parents. The Sharp brothers will be holding a private ceremony for her in Indiana.

Her children will be getting the family together, which includes 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren in California, to pay their respects in private. Heaven, please welcome this sweet soul home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Patty's memorial webpage at

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