Sharon Matson, 75, Antiques Dealer

BIRMINGHAM, MICH. — Sharon Matson, 75, of Birmingham died on September 19 after a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Sharon’s boundless energy and endless enthusiasm defined her, as did her love for antiques and old houses. Along with her husband Frank, she participated in many antiques shows since the 1980s, including the Goodwill Antiques Show in Detroit and the Great Lakes Antiques Show in Dearborn, Mich. Lately she could be found sharing a booth with her dear friend Carolyn Thompson at shows in Nashville, Tenn., Richmond, Ind., and York, Penn.

Sharon not only had an eye for wonderful antiques, but also the passion and ability to decorate her lovely home with them in an incredibly authentic and pleasing manner. The Matsons’ homes were featured in many magazines and books over the years, a tribute to Sharon’s taste and talent.

Sharon also was dedicated to helping cats and dogs; she donated to the Michigan Humane Society often and in many ways and fed, provided shelter and vet care for the many feral cats in her neighborhood. She and Frank also adopted many homeless cats and dogs over the past 50 years.

Sharon will be missed by her numerous friends in the antiques world. She was a staple at antiques shows all over the Eastern half of the United States. Her smile, friendship and grace will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her dear husband of more than 50 years, her beloved daughter Jill, her dog Winston, grand-dog Lake and numerous cats. Donations in Sharon’s memory can be made to the Michigan Humane Society.

—Susan MacKay, MacKay and Field Antiques,

Chaplin, Conn.

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