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Obituary for M. Sharon Braithwaite "Shari" Siamon

M. Sharon Braithwaite "Shari"  Siamon
Siamon, Sharon
Children's author Sharon Siamon of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Shari was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 11, 1942, the daughter of Max and Aileen (Treleaven) Braithwaite. She attended public schools in Streetsville and Orangeville, Ontario, and was a member of the first class to graduate from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 1963. She married Jeff Siamon in Santa Barbara, California, in 1966. Shari drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including "The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner" based on her daughter Kate, "A Poolie Named Sandor" about a wayward family dog, and "Bokelia," based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover, Vermont. She went on to write many books for juvenile readers, particularly girls who loved horses as much as she did. Several series of such books, set in Western and Maritime Canada and the southwestern United States were translated into many languages and sold more than a million copies around the world. Shari is survived by her husband and their three daughters and five grandchildren: Amy Rolf von den Baumen of Oakville, Ontario, her husband, Jeff, and their children Emileah, Teagan, Jeffrey and Kyleise; Kate Camara of Glover, Vermont, her husband Greg and their daughter Ila; and Becky Siamon of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also survived by her four siblings: Beryl Hart of La Mesa, California, Chris Braithwaite of West Glover, Sylvia Braithwaite of Ottawa, and Colin Braithwaite of Toronto. Shari's life will be celebrated at a private gathering of friends and family. In lieu of flowers, friends may send a donation to n lieu of flowers, friends may donate to:

Alberta Wild Horse Preservation -
American Wild Horse Preservation -
Ottawa Cancer Clinic:
Also, you may want to pass one of Sharon's books on to a young reader:
Indigo -
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