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Sharon Kay (Sherry) Willits, age 74, of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho passed away at Kootenai Health on July 16th, 2020 after a long series of illnesses over the past several years. A Denver native, she was born to Leslie Harold Bankson and Mildred Howard on August 18th 1945. Her father passed away while she was just an infant and she was raised by her mother and close relatives. She attended Teller Elementary and graduated from East High School in Denver, Colorado.


She joined the work force at an early age, and soon began a distinguished career with the City and County of Denver’s Career Service Authority. She completed 37 years in various positions, principally at Police Headquarters and 13 years as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of District # 4. She received numerous awards and commendations for her role in support of District # 4 and the Denver Police Department. She retired in 2003. Sherry wishes to thank members of the Denver Police Department and supporting staff for the opportunity to work in a professional environment serving the citizens of the City and County of Denver.


On May 19th, 1980, she married Patrick D. Willits in Georgetown, Colorado. In 2005, they retired to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho to be near her son from a previous marriage, Troy Leigh Evans (deceased), her daughter-in-law, Lisa Richards-Evans and her grandson, Keenan Leigh Evans. She thoroughly enjoyed living in North Idaho for the 14 years they spent in the Coeur D’Alene community.


Sherry wishes to thank the numerous Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other Healthcare Professionals who treated her for a long series of complex and difficult on-going health issues. Their dedicated care and sincere concern helped her immensely in coping with lengthy periods of pain and suffering.


She was preceded in death, by her parents, her son, Troy Leigh Evans and her sister, Deborah McAlexander. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, George and Sue Cochran of Murray, Kentucky, a daughter-in-law, Lisa Richards-Evans of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, a niece, Dyani McAlexander of Phoenix, Arizona, a nephew, Davin Hammond of Denver, Colorado and several grand nieces and nephews.