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“I am Russel Williams' mother and I have so many found memories of the time that Russel shared with your family. He was so fond of Sharon and felt...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Margaret Williams - Austin, TX

“Susie and Michael I am really saddened by the news of the passing of your mother. Those times and years in the early 80's were something special....Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Russel Williams - Houston, TX

“Susie, So sorry to read about your mother. She was a true lady. I'll be praying for her and your family. George ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: George Robinson - Austin, TX

“Susie, So sorry to read about your mother. She was a true lady. I'll be praying for her and your family. George ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: George Robinson - Austin, TX

“Dear Michael and Susie, Your mother and I were in the same Breast Cancer support group, and I admired her so very much. She was a great example...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Cecile Belan - Austin, TX

“Susie and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lovely, kind, and very gracious lady. I have so many fond memories of all of us in...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Wendy Sayers - Holliston, MA

“Susie and Michael, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There's nothing I can say that will ease...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Linda LeNoir - Boston, MA

“Susie and Michael, We are praying for all of you! We have a lot of fond memories spent with your mom and you all at the ranch! Your mom was very...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Bobby and Debi Sherrod - Vidor, TX

“When Sharon retired from the President's Office in 2003, her campus friends wrote a poem-in-many-voices called: "34 Things We Will Miss About...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Ewald - Austin, TX

“I (Jenni) first met Sharon when I was in high school, dating Buddy & Sharon's newphew, Ben (son of Tommie McGraw Sherrod). That year, we were...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Ben and Jenni Sherrod - Vidor, TX

“Michael and Susie, Such a lovely obituary and what a full and beautiful life she lived. I felt alittle closer to her after reading it. My heart and...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kimberly Newman - Las Vegas, NV

“Susie and Michael, I have you both in my thoughts and prayers. Reading your mother's obituary brought me comfort because it is so real and captures...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Evvie Nazro - Austin, TX - friend

“Michael and Susie, That is one of the most touching obituaries I have ever read because it captured your mother so perfectly. Sharon was wonderful...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Lea Cline - Bloomington, IL

“Your mother reached out to me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, about six months after her diagnosis. She shared her experiences with me and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Melanie Jaquysh - Austin , TX

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May loving memories soon replace your grief and sorrow. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family during...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Brent Mikeska - Plano, TX

“We have so many fond memories of your mother or our Aunt Sharon. She made a lasting impact on us and every time we see you we're reminded of her. ...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Randy and Diana McGraw - El Paso, TX

“Dear Michael and Susie, Losing one's mother is hard enough and these last weeks were especially difficult for Sharon and you both. But how lovely...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Sandra Munley - Las Vegas, NV


Sharon Sue Voyles McGraw died on Monday, December 10, 2012 following a long and courageous battle with cancer, even though after each knock down blow from that odious enemy she re-entered the fighting ring with grit and determination. Born on August 9, 1937, in Austin, Texas, Sharon attended Pease Elementary, Allan Junior High, and Austin High School, graduating from The University of Texas in 1959 where she was an active member of Chi Omega, Spooks, Orange Jackets, Mortar Board and Cap and Gown. Her childhood memories were resplendent with friends and days spent at the Lazy V, a family ranch on the Pedernales River near Johnson City, where she and her brother Jack road horses, shot guns, swam the river, enjoyed the camaraderie of their parents, their friends and children, and a bounty of schoolmates.

Known for her preference for all things purple, for her impeccable style and her tall elegant bearing, she was always one to stand out in (and above) the crowd. This stylish, elegant and restrained Sharon stood in stark contrast to the "other Sharon," the one who would let fly the occasional folksy comment at just the appropriate or perhaps inappropriate place in a conversation. She would announce that someone "went down like a one egg puddin," or that "someone looked dead and dug up" or that someone was "so dumb he didn't know come here from sic 'em". At a very painful moment during her last days she said to a dear one leaving her bedside, "Turn out the light; the party's over"

Her young adult life was full of rearing her two children, Susie and Michael, volunteer work with the Junior League, Junior Helping Hand, and supporting animal rights causes and other charitable organizations. Later Sharon joined the dynamic working group at Texas Exes, moving after many years to her last employment at UT where she was a valuable member of the UT President's team, having served five presidents. After retirement she became an administrative assistant to retired UT vice-president, Dr. Wm. S. Livingston. Scattered throughout all these pressing work related demands were many trips to places near and far, for travel was one of Sharon's passions. From girlhood on, Mexico was a frequent destination, Hawaii while in college, California after graduation, trips with her mother and granddaughters, and many worldwide trips as a group leader on Texas Exes' tours. Her last trip occurred about a month before her death when she flew to Las Vegas with friends to visit her dear son Michael.

Sharon's spiritual life was deep and private but obvious as witnessed by fellow congregants in her church, Westminster Presbyterian, where throughout her life she was a full and loyal participant. There she not only served as Deacon but quietly and conscientiously participated in and contributed to many of the Church's committees and outreach programs.

She was preceded in death by her parents Madeline and Claude Voyles and her older brother Jack Voyles. She is survived by her daughter Madeline Sue McGraw Grant and granddaughters Claire Alexandra Grant and Madeline Grace Grant; her son Michael Vernon McGraw and his partner Sean McClenahan; her niece Claudia Voyles; nephew Evan Eason Voyles, his wife Gail Chovan and children Zelda and Creedence Voyles; former husband Buddy McGraw; and her dogs Molly and Annie.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sharon's name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition Blvd, Austin 78703; to UT Austin-Sharon McGraw Fund, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, 78713; or to a charity of one's choice. Or, in Sharon's memory, go treat yourself to a Mexican food dinner.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition Blvd, Austin 78703.