Joplin Teacher, Mother & Coach Dies after Cancer Battle


A Joplin mother, teacher and coach has died from Cardiac Sarcoma, a rare heart cancer which she battled three times.

She passed on Friday, March 1st at the age of 35.

Amanda Sharp taught at Joplin School District and was a cheerleading coach for many young women, including her own daughter.

She started treatments again in the beginning of this year.

She traveled back and forth to Houston, where she saw a specialist for the aggressive chemotherapy.

Many organizations and individuals in the Joplin community held fundraisers to support Sharp and her family during her battles with the cancer.

Sharp told us last year during a benefit that the 2nd round of chemotherapy was more tolerable than the first time, which allowed her to spend a lot more time at home with her family than in a hospital bed.

She attended Carl Junction High School and Missouri Southern State University.

Sharp is survived by her husband and four children.

The community mourns her loss and remembers the strong, faith-oriented woman she was.

—— A Message from Stapleton Elementary School Principal Karen Secrist———

“We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our precious educators, Mrs. Amanda Sharp, who passed away this morning after a long and courageous fight with cancer. Mrs. Sharp has been part of the Joplin Schools family for over 10 years, dedicating her career to Stapleton Elementary. While we mourn the loss of her today, we remember the passion and positivity she spread to so many.

While not every student may have known Mrs. Sharp directly, many may be touched by this loss. If you have any concerns about your child’s reactions to this loss, please contact your child’s teacher, the school counselor, or myself.

Thank you for your concern at this difficult time. Our hearts go out to the Sharp family and to each other, as this is a difficult day for the Stapleton family.”


Amanda E. Sharp, age 35 of Joplin, Mo. gracefully succumbed to her battle with Cardiac Sarcoma on Friday, March 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Amanda was born on August 17, 1983 in Joplin, the daughter of Steve and Debbie Harris and Carla (Winch) Parker. Amanda has been a lifetime area resident, she graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree and later from Northwest Missouri State University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She started her teaching career in Seneca, then went on to teach third grade at Stapleton Elementary in Joplin. Amanda also was a cheer coach for many years. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jackson fan, and loved attending Members Only and Rosy Hips concerts.

Amanda’s smile and infectious positive energy lit up any room she walked into. Her kind spirit and loving soul will be greatly missed by those who were blessed to have known her.

She married Preston Sharp on July 23, 2005, he survives. Additional survivors include her parents, her daughter, Ava Sharp, three sons; Matthew, Ethan and Tristan Sharp, all of the home, her brother; Steven “Buddy” Harris of Henderson, Nv., two sisters; Jennifer Powers and husband Quenton of Webb City, Mo., Khandace Goumaz and husband Randy of Joplin, grandparents; Trudy Harris, Walt and Venicca McCauley, Charlotte Clemons and Karen Adkins, her nephews, Zander, Haydyn, Landon and Cristian, and many loving cousins and friends.

Amanda was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Jim and Dora Fredricks, and paternal grandfather, David Harris.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Amanda Sharp Memorial Fund in care of the mortuary.

The family also requests any of Amanda’s former students that attend her visitation to please bring a picture of themselves to be placed on a board for “Amanda’s Kids”.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Saint Paul’s Church in Joplin. Burial will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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