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Family, friends gather to pay last respect to educator

By Jeff Bryan

OCALA — Shara Ponder was always there when you needed her, because she cared.
That’s how family and friends recalled her Saturday afternoon at the House of God as family, friends and colleagues gathered to pay their last respects to the vibrant 29-year-old who died Sunday, July 10, during her Celebration of Life for the Dunnellon Middle School teacher.
And indeed it was a celebration, as the mood was upbeat despite a chorus of sobs throughout the packed house.
The Rev. Dr. Lorenzo S. Edwards opened the somber event with a plea to those in attendance.


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