Sharon Receveur Memorial Fund
RECEVEUR, SHARON ANN, 68, died peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013, surrounded by her devoted husband Byron, her brother Bill, and close friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Wanda J. and William J. Receveur, Jr., and by her sister, Robin Receveur Knox. She is survived by her beloved husband Byron Felker, her brother William J. Receveur, III (Vicki), nieces Meredith Receveur Hernandez and Kate Knox, nephews John Receveur (Lee), Mike Knox (Erin), and Rich Banks (Beth), and seven great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her father-in-law, James “Papa Bear” Felker, and by a host of Felker family members who cherished her as a sister and aunt. Throughout her life, Sharon was also devoted to and loved by another member of the Receveur family, Rosa Mae Bell.
Sharon was born on May 22, 1945, in Washington DC. She attended Greathouse Elementary School and graduated, as a member of the centennial class, from the Kentucky Home School for Girls (now Kentucky Country Day) in 1963. She received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, and pursued master of arts course work in American history at Indiana University in Bloomington. She was a senior high school social studies teacher in Martinsville, Indiana, and also taught in the School of Business, Department of Management, at the University of Louisville.
Sharon was a professional archivist and records manager, the first person in Kentucky to pass the examination to become a Certified Records Manager (CRM). She began her service as the official archivist for the City of Louisville in 1978 and, in that role, established the City’s first Department of Archives. From 1989–2000, she also served as the City’s international protocol officer and as the mayor’s liaison to Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. Her service to the City extended over three mayoral administrations. She retired in 2000 from her last position, assistant director of the Department of Information Technology and Communications. After retiring, Sharon created and served as the CEO of her own archives and records management company, Records Storage and Retrieval Solutions, LLC.
Sharon was a member of Christ Church Cathedral and served as the historiographer and archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. She was also a civic leader, a change agent, and a lifelong community servant. She was one of the three original founders of the Gilda's Club of Louisville, and was the visionary creator and chair of the Home of the Innocents Children's Memorial Marker Fund. She served on the board of the Community Foundation of Louisville and chaired its strategic initiatives committee. She was a generous philanthropist, and is responsible for the formation of a number of designated funds at the Foundation.
Sharon served as a member of the board and honorary trustee of the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and co-authored, with Tavia Cathcart, the organization’s award-winning pictorial history book. She served on the board of directors of the Morton Center, and was a leader and inspiration to countless participants in 12-step programs. She served on the Community Advisory Council of the Jewish Family and Career Services organization, and as the Kentucky Home School representative on the board of directors of the Kentucky Country Day School. She served as a member of the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council development committee and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Council in 1996.
Sharon was a world traveler who created lifelong friendships in all of the places she visited, particularly in Louisville’s Sister Cities. She was also a gracious host to countless international dignitaries and visitors to Louisville over the years. After she left her position as mayor’s liaison to Sister Cities of Louisville, Sharon served as the organization’s president. She also served as a board member and as a global envoy for Sister Cities International in Washington DC. She helped establish and organize Sister Cities International’s archives and co-authored the organization's 50th anniversary commemorative book, Peace through People, Fifty Years of Global Citizenship.
Sharon was a faithful and generous friend and sister to many. She had a wry wit, a warm heart, and infectious humor. She was a Lakeside master swimmer, an artist, enjoyed needlepointing, loved books and was a member of many book clubs. She was treasured and will be missed by all who knew her, and by the community she served so faithfully throughout her life.
Sharon’s family is extremely grateful to all of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Jewish Hospital, particularly to the ICU/CCU team who took such wonderful care of her over the past nine weeks.
The Sharon Receveur Memorial Fund supports the Sharon Receveur Scholarship, which is awarded to the two students participating in the year-long exchange between the University of Louisville and the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier.
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