Lina Pinjuv Sharp, 98 ½, of the Blue Eagle Ranch in Nye County, died in Reno, May 18, 2018, from complications after a fall in Ely.
Born in Los Angeles, November 16, 1919, to Ivan and Ana Pinjuv, the family moved to Las Vegas in 1930 where she attended the Fifth Street School and Las Vegas High School, graduating in 1937. After matriculating from UNR, in 1940 she took a job teaching in a one-room school on the Blue Eagle Ranch.
Intending to stay for one year, she took a lot of photographs to show her friends and family; but February 8, 1941 she married ranch owner Jim Sharp and lived there for 78 years. Jim and Lina had five daughters and Lina taught them all in the Blue Eagle School. She also taught at Currant, Duckwater, Tonopah, and Twin Springs.
When Jim died suddenly in 1965, her daughters and son-in-law, Carl Hanks, ran the ranch. Lina became a world traveler, visiting countries on every continent. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, Nevada Farm Bureau, and many other organizations. Lina faithfully attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. She loved Nevada history and supported Nevada’s museums.
In her later years she took up sewing, producing an astonishing number of hand-sewn quilts, pillows, coverlets, potholders, and other creations that she gave to friends and family. In 2017 she attended her 80th high school reunion as the oldest graduate.
Friendly and outgoing, she rarely met a person she didn’t invite to come visit her on the ranch. Lina loved her “school kids” and everywhere she went she shopped for her kids and supported school scholarships. She was generous with her friends and family and her enthusiasm for life was infectious. Lina was very proud of her daughters whom she referred to collectively as “My Girls.”
Lina was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Sharp, her parents, sisters Jakica Pinjuv and Mary Griffin, brothers Marko Pinjuv and George Pinjuv, and son-in-law Carl Hanks. She is survived by her five daughters, Carole Hanks, Jeanne Howerton (Charlie Rodewald), Sr. Helene Sharp, Linda Winchell (Ron), and Marilyn Tognoni (Tom Flynn), two sisters, Ubie Diltz and Evelina Dunton, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
There will a Rosary June 7, at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Railroad Valley, and a Mass Friday June 8, at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 900 E. 11th Street, Ely, NV. Burial will be at Blue Eagle Ranch.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Nevada’s museums or Sisters of the Holy Cross Poor Fund/Ghana, 100 Lourdes Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.