Antlers resident Sharon Smith Hebblethwaite passed away on February 20th, 2020. Sharon was born on May 15, 1953, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to Elnora McCreary Smith and Lt. Arlie D. (Don) Smith. She was a cherokee nation citizen.
Sharon atteneded General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, West Germany, graduating in 1971 as a member of the National Honor Society. She earned her bachelor's degree with a double major in English and Creative Writing/ French Language and Literature from the University of Denver in 1975. She graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During her junior year, Sharon studied at the University of Strasbourg (France), earning a 2nd Degree in French Language and Literature.
Following graduation, Sharon worked as a journalist for local and regional publications originating from Denver, Colorado. Then in 1981, she turned her award-winning writing talent to the computer industry, just as IBM introduced the world's first personal computer. She was known for skillfully translating highly technical information into everyday English that new computer users could readily understand. Her first job was writing a manual explaining to PC users how to run an accounting program on an Apple. Subsequently, Sharon wrote for supercomputer manufacturer Denelcor.
In 1983, she became Director of Communications for RB Robot Corporation. As such, she was in charge of advertising and public relations for this manufacturer of educational personal robots. Sharon also served as Director of the first International Personal Robot Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where renowned author Isaac Asimov (I, Robot) gave the keynote address. Not long after, she was asked to contribute an article on "Robotic Art" for the John Wiley Encyclopedia of Robotics.
Before retiring, Sharon worked in Sales Support for Fortune 500 company Data General Corporation, writing feature articles and brochures on how manufacturers such as Texaco and Kaiser Aluminum used Data General computers in their CAD/CAM departments.
An active member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Hugo, Oklahoma, Sharon also served as a lay leader.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Don Hebblethwaite; her father, Donald Rogers Smith; and her mother, Elnora McCreary Scudder.
Sharon is survived by her uncle, Herman W. Hebblethwaite of Antlers; her sister-in-law, Jo Burnett of Oklahoma City; her great-aunt, Ellen Freeman of Lake Forest, CA; and her cousin, Darline Baldwin of Claremore, OK.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Funeral services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Service in Antlers, Oklahoma.
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