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Sharen Oates

Sharen Ann Eide Oates, resident of Superior, Wis., and East Gull Lake, Minn., died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her East Gull Lake Home.

She grew up in the West, completing grade school and high school in California, Idaho and Oregon. She completed RN undergraduate work in Virginia. She started her life and career in Minnesota in approximately 1968, working as a nurse in Brainerd and Onamia. She found her true calling when she started working in Duluth with the Detox Center. She met her husband, Bill at this time. Her Duluth years were from 1973 to present. She loved higher education and earned extensive degrees from the UMD and St. Scholistica. She completed her career as a COO of Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment - Duluth.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with visitation beginning the hour before the service. Arrangements are with the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.

Survivors include her father, George Eide; stepmom, Evelyn Eide; brother, Terrence (Mary) Eide; sister, Sylvia "Cookie" (Joe) Graba; nephews and nieces; seven great-nieces and -nephews; 36 years of loyal friends at her Duluth Detox and Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment; and her dog kids Bo and Cookie.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Luella Johnson Eide; and her husband, William "Bill" Oates.