The warm and wonderful Sharon Goldston peacefully crossed over on March 31, 2018. Not only was she beloved by her family and friends, she was also a well respected business woman. Sharon was born on July 29, 1950, to Kenneth and Phyllis Rafferty in Salt Lake City, UT. Sharon graduated from Texas Tech in 1977 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Finance degree. Sharon spent her career as a Certified Financial Planner, helping so many to reach their dreams of investing and retirement. She wrote a popular weekly financial column for the Avalanche Journal for five years. Sharon also taught several financial planning and investment courses at Texas Tech from 1985 to 2003. One of her proudest moments was opening her own business, a Financial Advisors Group Firm, offered through Raymond James Financial Service Inc. Sharon heartily believed in a “Life Well Planned”.
Sharon has also been a caring and charitable person, working through numerous civic and professional organizations in leadership positions. Especially close to her heart was leadership with Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and Holly’s Hope Foundation. An active member of the Lubbock Civic community, Sharon was on the board of Lubbock Area Foundation from 1993-1999, serving as treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee. Sharon was also a member of the Financial Professional Advisory Council. Sharon’s other Civic contributions included being selected for Leadership Lubbock (serving as Chairman the following year), President of Executive Forum, Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, and financial leadership roles in the United Way organization. She was also trained as a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.
Sharon loved to read, watch Texas Tech Football, and listen to her favorite musician, Michael Jackson, as well as talk on the phone with her friends and family. She joins her beloved parents, her loving first husband Robert Thompson, older brother Bob Rafferty, and as a huge animal lover, her adorable past pets. She leaves her son Jeffrey and wife Kelli Goldston, second husband and long time friend Larry, and wife Joyce Goldston, step-daughter Elizabeth and husband Dusty Davis, grandchild Presley Davis, her younger sister Patty and husband Mike Mowery, and their two children Jeremy and Zach Gross, sister-in-law Beth Rafferty, and daughter Shay Rafferty Geyer, dearest friend and loyal assistant Alice and husband, Chip Combs, and her beloved dog, Bella.
A Celebration of Sharon’s 67 years of life will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 2 PM at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.