The Passing of a Legend

Sharon Rushton lost her battle with cancer on May 16, 2017. She was born on born July 6, 1950 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Velma and Dave Betz.

Sharon is survived by her husband James Rushton, her stepson Chris Rushton and his wife Brandi from Fayetteville, AR, and grandson Taggart Rushton; mother Velma Betz of Denver, Colorado; sisters Janet Betz of Denver and Diane west of Windsor, Colorado, nieces Kaeli West and Marissa West-Banninga and her husband Cameron. She is preceded in death by her father Dave Betz.

Sharon and her husband retired to Kimberling City in 2005, and she attended the First Christian Church. She loved family, friends, fishing, golfing, skiing and traveling, and, before she retired, she truly loved working.    Sharon was best known for creating and leading the Future Fishermen Foundation.  Click on the sentence below to access the full story.

After after leaving the Foundation, Rushton established her own company where she was a co-developer of the Best Practices Workbook for Boating, Fishing and Aquatic Resource Stewardship Education for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, she helped to develop the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, coordinated the development of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Conservation Education Strategy, and helped develop the Step Outside program for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


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