Sharon Kay “Kate” Wetherell, 71, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.
She was born Oct. 11, 1941, in Imogene, Iowa, daughter of Willard H. Wetherell and Lois (Parker) Wetherell. Sharon graduated from Farragut High School in 1959 and received a B.A. in teaching from State College of Iowa (now University of Northern Iowa) in 1962. Ms. Wetherell taught junior high English in Eagle Grove, from 1962-1965 and in Austin, Minn., from 1965-1970. In 1971, she received an M.A. in library science from UNI and was employed by Cedar Rapids Schools as a media resource specialist at Polk Elementary School from 1971-1986, and at Johnson School of the Arts from 1986 until her retirement in 2001.
Ms. Wetherell was an incredible person who provided an inspiration for reading and a love of learning to students. Her greatest honor was receiving the 1990 Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Iowa.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Sharon is survived locally by her grandnephews, Bailey and Parker Wetherell of North Liberty. Memorials may be directed to Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Condolences may be sent to the Wetherell Family, 404 Cordoba Ave., Cedar Falls, IA 50613.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Per her wishes, her body was cremated.