CAMDEN — Sharon Phyllis (Nidorf) Timmer passed away July 13, 2021.

She was born in Detroit, Mich., July 7, 1934, the oldest of two daughters born to Evelyn (Goldis) Nidorf and Manuel Nidorf. She was 10 years old when the family moved to Chicago, near the end of WWII.

She attended Hyde Park High School, but cut classes as often as she could. School was never as interesting as the novel she was writing. Sharon also loved acting and was thrilled to play Eliza Doolittle in a production of “Pygmalion” before she graduated at 16.

There was no money for college, so Sharon took acting classes at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. She later worked for the Wexton Company in New York, before sailing off to Europe to seek her fame and fortune, which proved elusive. After the Comedie-Francaise declined to give her an acting job, she “drifted around aimlessly” in Paris for a year, selling her pen and ink drawings that she signed as “Adrienne” to tourists and having “lots” of romances.

Returning to the States, she moved to Los Angeles to be near her parents, who relocated from Chicago. Her first marriage was brief, but produced her beloved and only daughter, Stacy. Sharon met the love of her life, John J. “Jack” Timmer, while working in L.A., and they married in 1965. They lived in Santa Monica until 1989, when they moved to Camden for a quieter life after Jack was diagnosed with Addison’s disease.

Sharon had a long and successful career in sales and marketing. She was a top performer as Max Factor’s director of international sales, but was told that she could never be a vice president because they “have a woman VP already.”

She worked for Colombia Pictures as its director of marketing, and for Vidal Sassoon in charge of international sales. After she lost her job at Vidal Sassoon, she decided that the time was right to start her own business, Timmerco, in L.A., which specialized in corporate sales meetings and multi-media productions. Her success in overcoming this apparent setback resulted in her inclusion in the 1993 book “When Smart People Fail,” and an appearance on the Phil Donahue show.

Over the course of her exciting career, Sharon served on a number of boards, taught college-level courses and received many awards. However, the professional achievement of which she was most proud was being a founding member of the L.A. chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an invitation-only organization of accomplished women throughout the world, whose mission is to honor and support women leaders in all fields.

Sharon closed Timmerco’s L.A. office in 1989, but continued to work and travel as a marketing and media consultant for several years after moving to Maine.

Sharon and Jack enthusiastically embraced their new life in Camden and never regretted leaving California. They bought and renovated a house on Route 1 and filled it with books, art and “stuff,” particularly from the Victorian era, which Sharon found appealing. She loved going to the Sunday auctions at Burnham, in part for the cheeseburgers, and kept a booth in a group antique shop to deal with any overflow.

Sharon had a wide and varied circle of friends and entertained often. No one was better at the snappy comeback or quicker with a joke, often at her own expense. She enjoyed walking her two Australian shepherds and meeting other walkers. She played poker with the same group of friends for nearly 30 years. She was also a talented artist whose drawings, particularly of zaftig women, were in demand and sold by a local gallery.

Sharon was generous beyond measure in every aspect of her life with her time, money, possessions and her care and concern for those she loved. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Sharon was predeceased by her husband Jack, who died in 2002. She is survived by her daughter Stacy Timmer-Heriot and son-in-law Richard Hariot of Rockport; grandson Jeffrey Heriot; sister Brenda Mutchnick of Beverly Hills, Calif.; nephews Jason “Max” Mutchnick and Joshua Mutchnick and their families; and her many, many friends.

Donations in Sharon’s memory may be made to P.A.W.S.