Sharon (Ross) Templin

From the 1960 Zinco

Sharon (Ross) Templin age 67 of Miami, Okla., formerly of Springfield, Mo. died in the presence of her family and friends who cared for her in the final days of her sudden fight with cancer. She was born on Aug. 29, 1943 in Picher, Okla. the daughter of George and Dorothy McCoontze Ross.

She is survived by: her children, Wanoka Jenkins, Hiwannah Brown, Turtle, and Newakis Campbell; her longtime companion, Leroy Drake; her siblings, Rick Ross, Mickey Ross, Debbie Garrett, and Larry Ross; grandsons, Justin Jenkins, Skyler Brown, Nakoah Brown, and Cody Campbell; and her stepchildren, Darren Templin and Vinnie Templin.

Sharon dedicated her life to her family, her Native American heritage, and the betterment of the Ottawa and Miami Tribes of Oklahoma. Most recently, she served as the Chair of the Ottawa Gaming Commission. Over the years, she worked passionately as an advocate for her people as the Youth Group Director at the Southwest Missouri Indian Center in Springfield, Mo.; as the first cultural liaison between the Miami Tribe and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; and with the Quapaw Tribe under the Indian Child Welfare Act. 

She is preceded in death by her husband William Templin; her parents; daughter Jacquetta Binns; and granddaughter Jacquetta Dawn Jenkins. Funeral services and Native American Rites for Sharon Ross Templin will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at the Ottawa Tribal Long House in Miami, Okla., with Kevin Daws, officiating. She will lie in state all day Monday at her home in Miami. Pallbearers will be Justin Jenkins, Skyler Brown, Nakoah Brown, John Kelly, Larry Ross and Joshua Garrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Campbell and Joseph Ross. Interment will be held in the Baxter Springs Cemetery, Baxter Springs, Kan. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.