Sharon Merle Billups | Obituary


KEOKUK – Sharon Merle Billups, 83, of Keokuk, died Saturday July 23, 2022 at Montrose Health Center in Montrose.

Sharon was born May 31, 1939 in Luray, Missouri, the daughter of Merlin Hollis and Alma Ethel (Dochterman) Billups. She attended elementary and high school in Granger, Missouri.

On September 12, 1958, she married Larry Wayne Bennett in Granger, Missouri. They then divorced.

Sharon was a member of Luray Baptist Church and was employed as a paramedic for 12 years for the Lee County Ambulance. She also worked for Metzler in Keokuk for seven years. In her spare time, Sharon enjoyed sewing, drawing in adult coloring books, embroidery and antiques. In her youth, she enjoyed camping and boating. She loved birdwatching and hated seeing squirrels eat her birdseed.

Sharon is survived by her son James Hollis (Dawn) Bennett of Keokuk; two daughters, Susan Lee (Jamie) Rettig of Donnellson and Sherry Lynn (Richard “Junior” Martin) Bennett of Keokuk; six granddaughters, Jamey Sue (Dave) Smith, Brandi Jo (Cory) Eid, Leah Ann (Josh) Kautz, Kimberly Dawn (Kris) Chamberlain, Taylor Grace Rettig and Natalee Grace Pedroza; three grandsons, Corey James (Lacy) Bennett, Ryan (Danielle) Pedroza and Naethan (Elizabeth) Pedroza; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sharon was predeceased by her parents and grandparents; his beloved grandson Travis Lee Rettig; and his son-in-law Steve Carlton.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at the DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk. The funeral will be at a later date.

Memorials can be addressed to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Tributes and condolences may be left at

DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk is making arrangements.


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