Sharon V. Widmann, CEO of Bay Community Health (formerly Owensville Primary Care), departed this life on Monday, May 4, 2020 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. Born May 6, 1960, she was a 30-year resident of south county and previously of Easton, Maryland where she graduated from Easton High School.
Sharon was a dedicated mother to her two sons, Jason and Justin, and enjoyed spending time with them. Sharon and her sister Debbi were very close, sharing many escapades together. Debbi was by her side throughout her illness and until her passing. Sharon had two brothers and a loving mother Rose with whom she shared dozens of memories. A lifelong dog lover and breeder, her most recent pup, Lexi was a true companion. She remained by her side throughout her battle.
During Sharon’s 25-year tenure, her efforts were instrumental in Bay Community Health’s (BCH) accomplishments. She held positions in accounting and human resources and in 2009 she was appointed Director of Operations. In November of 2013, Sharon became Chief Operations Officer. That same year, her leadership guided BCH through the transition from an FQHC Look-Alike to a full FQHC in December of 2013. In 2016, she was appointed Associate Chief Executive Officer, to be promoted 2 years later as Chief Executive Officer. She championed the addition of Behavioral Health and Care Management services to BCH as well as expanding medical services to better meet the needs of our community. Sharon’s passion for the health center was remarkable. She truly cared about the employees and the community the center serves. This is her legacy and the framework of Bay Community Health.
In addition to graduating from the UCLA Healthcare Executive Program, Sharon had many other professional accomplishments. She served on several Boards of Directors including the Maryland Delaware Primary Care Association, the Maryland Community Health System (MCHS), and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC), where she also served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee. In 2019, she was awarded the MACHC Community Engagement Award for her dedication and leadership of Bay Community Health’s outreach efforts and community relations.
A host of friends, family and loved ones will hold Sharon forever in their hearts. She was a leader, a mentor and the heartbeat of Bay Community Health. Her spirit and will to fight for those in need will forever be instilled in those she knew and held dear. She was loved and will truly be missed.
Billie Sue Aisquith, affectionately known as Billie, departed this life on June 25, 2020 after a two-year long battle with cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband Michael; her father William; daughters Katie and Sara; son Douglas; a devoted daughter-in-law Christina, and three precious grandchildren Wyatt, Chloe and Cruz.
Though she was born in Frostburg, Maryland, Billie’s family made a home in southern Anne Arundel County. She was a graduate of Southern High School in Harwood, MD. After graduating, Billie spent several of her adult years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where both of her daughters were born.
Billie was the face of Bay Community Health for many years, participating in public events and representing the organization when it meant the most. She loved her community and it showed in everything she did. For 22 years, Billie used her passion for people to support the mission of the organization. Beginning her tenure as an Accounting Clerk, Billie later became the Front Desk Supervisor and finally the Medical Office Manager in 2003. Her dedication to the staff that had a mutual respect and love for her coined her affectionately as M.O.M. Over the years Billie was instrumental in all public events Bay Community Health participated in or hosted. Her favorite events were the annual Health Fair, the CAT-South Car Shows, Southern High’s FFA Car and Tractor Shows and the Rabies Clinics hosted at our West River location.
Many at Bay Community Health consider each other an extension of their normal family and Billie was most-definitely the matriarch in that scenario. She took care of us all. She loved children and embraced many of her staff’s little ones as her “Bubbas” and “Béchamel’s”, showering them with gifts and snuggles when they came to visit at work. When she was not working, she enjoyed activities including scrapbooking, quilting and cooking. The staff got to take advantage of Billie’s cooking abilities often. Her seafood salad, quiches and dips were hits at numerous office functions. She was known to surprise staff with breakfast in the morning and homemade treats on holidays and special occasions.
Billie had a heart like no other. She gave selflessly to those in need and those she cared about. A generation of Bay Community Health staff cherished her as a leader, a supporter and a mentor. Many were deeply saddened to hear of her passing, but we knew how hard she fought. We find comfort knowing that she never gave up and is no longer in pain. Her legacy will live on through her family and those she left a piece of her heart with. She will be missed but will never be forgotten.