Shari D. Acker

Age 51, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2021 at her home in Lansing, MI.  She was born March 25, 1970 in Flushing, MI, the daughter of Ralph and Sandra (Wise) Ham.  Shari attended Eastern High School in Lansing and worked serving others at TGI Fridays, where she had many friends and wonderful customers.  She married her sweetheart, Mike Acker, on July 14, 2006 and relied on his love and strength through the mountains and valleys of life.  Shari was known as the “Candy Lady” at several establishments in the Lansing area.  Wherever she went, she would hand out candy with a smile on her face and love in her heart.  Her famous Helicopter picture on face book was a favorite of many.  For over 15 years, Shari showed her family, friends, nurses, doctors and acquaintances how to live a life without fear and always with a positive attitude through cancer and its challenges.   She continues to serve others through education and research by being accepted into the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations program.

Shari is survived by her husband Mike of Lansing, son Joshua Busenbark of West Branch, father Ralph (Patricia) Ham of Knoxville, step-father Kenneth Gardner of Grand Ledge, her siblings Teresa (Dennis) Armstrong of Traverse City, Jeffrie Ham of Saginaw, Nancy Adams of Holt, Laura McClean of Saginaw and Gregory Ham of Traverse City, step-grandfather James Stevens of Mt. Morris, Uncle Terry Roth of Flushing, Aunt Carol (Jim) Mercer of Coldwater, Uncle Kit (Bonnie) Wise of Muskegon, Aunt Debbie (Randy) Wenzlick of Flint and her beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Sandra Gardner, grandparents Nelson Wise and Doris (Hautala) Stevens, Joseph and Helen (Matlock) Ham and her Aunts Ruth Roth and Maxine Root.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Lansing First United Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Drive in Lansing, MI 48906. Reverend Robert Blanchard will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, used to help with Shari’s medical expenses, may be sent to Michael Acker, P.O. Box 81122, Lansing, MI  48908.  Online condolences may be left for her family at

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Carl F. Acker
September 28, 2021 at 8:32 pm

Shari was a caring and giving person. Even as she went through years of sickness, she was there for others. Shari also had that spirit of adventure, full filling her “bucket list”, even learning to fly a air plan. Her passing will leave a hollowness in many hearts. Shari’s son, Josh and her husband Michael (my nephew) most of all. I share the hope which is in Christ Jesus to those who believe, “And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes”, Revelation 21:4

Aunt Deanna and Charlene Jones.
September 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you.

Jodi Rogers
October 1, 2021 at 9:26 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss mike!!! She was so wonderful! I’ll miss her always!

Aunt Carol Mercer
October 1, 2021 at 10:35 pm

Shari was a beautiful spirit that will live on forever in heaven with her mom whom she missed and loved so very much. She always had a smile for everyone no matter what she was going through. We will miss her so much….
Giving of herself so that others may live is the greatest gift of all to the world. Just as she did while living.

Jason Andrews
October 2, 2021 at 11:31 am

Through out my life I have met many people but Shari was 1 of a kind, everyday I saw her she was in good spirits and cared so much about the people around her, she always had a smile on her face and made my day that much more enjoyable everytime we spoke, I am saddened to have lost such a kind, giving and loving friend but heaven has gained a soul that truly deserves her wings…

Pam Gardner
October 2, 2021 at 9:41 pm

Mike and Joshua, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Gary Boynton
October 4, 2021 at 12:28 am

I still have some hard candys that she gave me on my computer table – our group will always our “Candy Lady” and she was a great lady…..had a chance to chat with her about a week before she passed…..A tough Lady….


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