Sharon “Sheree” Brannan, 62, Pasadena, Md., died June 12 after a battle with cancer.
Brannan was a past market manager for the Jessup-based Maryland Wholesale Produce Market.
She was the first woman president for the National Association of Produce Market Managers, from 2004-05.
“I had the honor of serving on the board of NAPMM during the year that Sheree was president, the first woman to hold this position,” said Jim Farr, editor for the association. “Sheree was responsible for helping the organization grow its membership, update its bylaws, website and professionalize the management structure, including convincing the board of the need to hire an administrative secretary.”
She was recognized in 2008 by the association for managing the Maryland Food Center and was honored as the Market Manager of the Year.
“She was a tireless supporter of markets and NAPMM and will be greatly missed in the industry, but beyond this she was a special person who touched many in NAPMM,” Farr said. “She will be remembered for her passion, her tireless advocacy and her courage.”
Visitations are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. June 18 and from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. June 19 at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home in Pasadena.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m June 20 at Our Lady of the Chesapeake in Pasadena.
Brannan is survived by her husband, Robert Brannan of Pasadena; a son, Jay D. Murphy (Aimee) and granddaughters, Kathryn and Sarah Murphy, Severna Park, Md.; mother Mary Martha Lorenzo (Patrick) of Uniontown; sister, Judy Thornton (Michael) and nephew, Michael Shott (Nikki) of Mohave Valley, Ariz.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of the Chesapeake.