Sharyn Shumway Wilcox

Sharyn Shumway Wilcox passed away Aug. 13, 2020 from a heart attack at the age of 81. Mom was born in Snowflake, AZ on July 2, 1939 to Richard Leo Shumway and Charlotte Brewer Shumway, and was the youngest of 5 children. Mom was only a toddler when her father was killed working on the Railroad in McNary, AZ. Life was difficult for her growing up without a father, as her mother worked to support their family. She graduated from Snowflake Union High School, attended BYU and then Arizona State University.


Mom met the love of her life, Dee Clyde Wilcox when she was 21 years old while working for her mother in the post office. After a brief courtship, they were married for time and all eternity in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on July 7, 1961.

Mom worked hard for her family throughout her life. She worked in two doctor’s offices and for an ophthalmologist. She later formed a courier business that serviced several banks in Southern Utah, she drove over 200 miles per day on her route. She would always hurry back from her deliveries to attend her children’s many activities.

Mom served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for her entire life, she served as the Stake Relief Society President, in the Young Women’s Program and over 35 years as Chorister for either the primary children or as the ward Chorister. She had a lovely soprano singing voice and loved singing in the choir. She met and loved so many people as she organized beautiful musical numbers each week. She took great joy in her service and loved to listen, as others shared their talents in her ward. She was so grateful for the relationships she had with so many talented musicians throughout St. George.

She especially loved the 5 years that she was able to serve as an ordinance worker in the St. George Temple. She loved the patrons and workers at the temple that she served with.

Mom and Dad made many wonderful friends over their lifetimes, they lived in Vernal, Utah where they spent over 15 years. They then moved to Cedar City for 8 years and finally settled in St. George, Utah for the last 30 years.

Mom’s greatest joys in life were always found in raising their four children, by whom she is survived. Brenda Hansen, Dianne (Todd) Plumb, David Wilcox and Jeanine (Ken) Nielson. She adored her 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and would attend every game, recital, program, or performance within driving distance and was always cheering them on.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Cole and Lee, and her sister Joan Tanner. She is survived by an older sister, Annette Beckman.

Mom was diagnosed with Cancer in 2012 and she fought the disease courageously since that time. She wanted to express her gratitude to her Oncologist, Dr. Derrick Halsem and the many medical professionals who assisted her throughout the past 8 years.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary prior to the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Tonaquint Cemetery at 12:00 noon.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guest book at



10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Second Visitation


11:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff Street
St. George, UT


12:00 noon
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

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7 Responses

  1. It has always been a great family story how the handsome and talented Dee Wilcox had to travel the world but ended up at the post office in Snow Flake Arizona to find his eternal friend and partner. We wondered how many hundreds of beautiful and eligible young ladies passed through his life before the Lord led him to Snowflake? It must have been Pre-Planned to be so as it has sure been a great success story. Sharyn has always made Dee look good with her by his side. Jim and Carolyn Ritchie

  2. Always a smile and a sweet greeting. Loved her as well as Dee. You will be missed sweet Sister Wilcox. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dee and the Family at their time of profound loss. May you find comfort in the knowledge of God’s eternal plan.

    Hal and Nancy Evans

  3. Sorry to read of the loss of your wife and mother. She was a kind and loving wife and mother

    Jack and Mildred Seitz

  4. Dee I was so sad to hear that your loving wife had passed way. She was such a beautiful and sweet lady, I’m sure that you miss her so much.
    I think about you often, but the phone number I had is no longer working.

    You was the BEST BOSS I ever had and I want to thank you for all that you did for me.

    I hope that all your family is doing well and will be there for you during this hard time, but we know you will be with her again.

  5. Absolutely adored this lady and got to know her well when she had the courier service and came to the airport. She became a good friend as we cheered on her grandkids and my son playing basketball. Much love to the Wilcox family during this difficult time.
    Pam and Scott Snow

  6. Sharyn is and was one of the most beautiful, gracious, beloved women I have ever known. Her love was felt by all. I will miss her greatly. She inspired me to be better every time we met. I will try each day to be better until we meet again my dear friend.

  7. We so loved being your neighbors. Sheryn was a special and dear person to us. We send our love and prayers to Dee and the family. Don and Janet Leavitt

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