Sharon C. Hinds

March 8, 1946 - June 9, 2015
Portage, MI



Saturday, June 13, 2015
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
Portage Location
5975 Lovers Lane
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 344-5600
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

American Cancer Society
1400 West Milham Avenue
Portage, MI 49024
(269) 349-8719
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Heartland Hospice
8075 Creekside Dr.
Portage, MI 49024
(269) 324-5705
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

VanderSalm's Flipse
1120 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(800) 232-7134
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


With a love for adventure only unmatched by her love of family, Shae Hinds was a tremendous woman to know and love. Full of energy and optimism, she lived fully and completely at every opportunity. Shae loved the outdoors and found joy in the beauty of nature and all it had to offer. She was never afraid to try something new, and approached life with enthusiasm and appreciation. Deeply missed, thoughts of Shae will be remembered with love.

The end of World War II was a time of great celebration from coast to coast. Young servicemen returned home to marry their sweethearts, and the baby boom was officially off and running. New families were moving into newly developed suburbs as U.S. manufacturers quickly turned at war production into postwar innovations to meet heightened demand for household and consumer goods. By 1946, the assembly line and the 40 hour work week brought much stability to the nation following the Great Depression, and the travesties of war. It was now time to begin anew with hopes and dreams for the future. This was especially true for Felix and Victoria (Sharnetsky) Cole when on March 8, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan they lovingly welcomed the birth of their baby girl, Sharon, into their arms. The oldest of two children, Sharon or Shae as she was affectionately referred, was more than ready at the age of six and a half to welcome a new little sister, Deborah, to love. Shae experienced a childhood filled with the love of family and memorable times. Due to her father’s work, they moved often during her youth. From Detroit to the state of Texas before settling in New York for a time, they eventually returned to the Detroit area.

Shae was a smart student, and after graduating from high school, she went on to further her schooling at Kalamazoo College where she majored in education. On the first day in one of her college classes, a young man, quite confident in himself named Jim Hinds, sat right down between Shae and another classmate. Without hesitation, he first turned to Shae and asked, “Will you marry me?” She responded with the look of disbelief, and then he turned right around to the other girl and asked the same thing. For some time, Jim attempted to date Shae, but she always declined. Then one day, realizing he had given up, Shae discovered she missed him, so she asked him out. After teasing her for a while and playing hard to get, he agreed. Before long they were happily married on October 19, 1967.

The newlyweds settled in Portage where Shae taught school for several years and they began a family of their own. She was overjoyed when daughter, Andrea came along, followed by their son, Steven who completed their family. A good and attentive mother, Shae made a good home for Jim and the kids. They did much together as a family, and she taught her children by loving example. When her family was young, they loved traveling north to visit her in-laws in Traverse City, and she learned to sail on Grand Traverse Bay. Shae loved the peacefulness of the lake and water, and could always be found on a boat, the beach, or playing in the water with the kids. These times made for wonderful memories.

When her children were older, Shae took an interest in her husband’s involvement with computers. She went back to school for computer programming. Shae excelled in this area which led to her career in data processing for companies such as Stryker and Bill Knapp’s Restaurant. She eventually ventured with a business partner to open their own company, M.I.S.R., Midwest Integrated Systems Resources. Although they later dissolved the business, Shae continued working in her field of expertise consulting, before landing a job with Edcor out of the Detroit area, where she would eventually retire in early 2013.

Throughout the years, Shae enjoyed bowling and loved golfing. She was an avid runner, and loved bicycle riding. Shae was always active and had an artistic side. With her great sense of style, Shae was always well dressed and put together. A true “foodie”, it never mattered what Shae made, it was always good. She made delicious linguini with clam sauce, lasagna, and liked trying out new foods and recipes. The adventurer in Shae also found her with a love of travel. Through the years she took in the picturesque sights of the Upper Peninsula, Northern California, trips to see her son in Florida and visiting her daughter’s family in Toronto. She also enjoyed visits to New York State, yet her most treasured excursion was a trip to Paris with her daughter for Andrea’s 40th birthday.

When Shae’s husband Jim passed away in 2000, it was clearly hard on her. With the love and support of family and friends, Shae was determined to continue “living”, and Jim would have wanted it that way. Although a physical distance, Shae immersed herself into the love for her grandchildren, Hannah and Cole who were her delight. She was an involved and active “Nana” in their young lives. She traveled to make as many of Cole’s hockey and baseball games as possible and Hannah’s dance recitals, too.

Love was surely not lost for Shae. One afternoon on December 6, 2011, Shae was quietly fuming about the inconsiderate man who took her parking spot at Barnes & Noble. When that man, Gary Willis ended up in the very same section of the bookstore as Shae looking for books, he became quite taken with her. He asked her a random question to get a conversation started, and they immediately clicked. They ended up in the Starbuck’s Café drinking coffee and chatting for the next four hours. Shae and Gary went on to spend dinner together that very evening at the Craftman’s Chop House and they have been together since. Always up for an adventure, Gary rode motorcycles and Shae loved it. She didn’t waste any time getting setup with the gear she needed and hopped on the back of his bike as if she had been riding for years. They rode all over together and especially loved taking day trips together.

With her fun-loving and adventurous spirit, Shae had a way all her own of making any time spent in her company all the more enjoyable. Family was at the center of her heart, and in them she found her greatest joy. Despite being diagnosed with cancer, Shae continued to live life to the fullest until earlier this year. Her health took a turn for the worse, but her strong spirit and adventurous nature remained. Although her pain is no more, Shae will be dearly missed yet forever remembered for the remarkable woman she was, and more.

Sharon C. “Shae” Hinds, age 69 of Portage, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at home with her children and her beloved Gary by her side. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Life Story Funeral Home, Portage; 5975 Lovers Lane (3445600). Members of Shae’s family include her children, Andrea (Kevin) Patrick and Steven Hinds; her mother, Victoria Cole; her grandchildren, Hannah and Cole Patrick; and her significant other, Gary Willis. She was preceded by her husband, Jim Hinds in 2000; her sister, Deborah Cole; and by her father, Felix Cole. Visit Shae’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com to share a favorite memory or photo and to sign her guestbook. Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.