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October 24, 1963 - October 17, 2004

Sharon Denise HaugenRichardson, Texas

Sharon Denise Haugen of Richardson, Texas fulfilled God's purpose in her life as she taught us about His love. As Sharon courageously battled NBIA she showed us that "Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes and always remains strong…. So these three things continue forever: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love." Sharon taught us about God's love throughout her life and we will forever love and miss her.

She was born to Nancy and William Haugen on Oct. 24, 1963. She was the fifth of six children and though she experienced developmental challenges during her life, she was the glue that held the family together.

From our earliest memories, Sharon loved to sing. She had difficulty learning to read, but she could memorize the words of a song after hearing it once or twice. She loved Neil Diamond most. She knew every one of his songs and attended more than a dozen of his concerts. She also enjoyed Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, the Oak Ridge Boys and Elvis.

Sharon was also an athlete. She competed in Special Olympics for many years and traveled across Texas to compete. She took home numerous trophies and ribbons. Sharon also loved to dance. Her Dad was a DJ at many events, and often took Sharon with him. She'd dance and sing the entire time, never growing tired.

Sharon was a beloved aunt to five nieces and three nephews. She nurtured them and loved them as if they were her own. She will be remembered as the most special aunt of all. Her oldest niece, Jenifer, remembers Sharon as being the best playmate in the world. Aunt Sharon always made her laugh and smile, even when she wasn't feeling well.

Sharon was always physically fit, strong, and in good health. The disease that took her life on Oct. 17 was something she always had but wasn't diagnosed with until two years ago. We won't ever forget her big heart, contagious laugh and unconditional love.

 

 

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