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Sharon Elizabeth Sears

March 2, 1932 — January 20, 2021

Sharon Elizabeth Sears ~ 88 Years
March 2, 1932 ~ January 20, 2021

Our mother, Sharon, passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of January 20, 2021, in Sedona,
Arizona. She was born March 2, 1932, to Meritha and Edmond Maupin in St. Louis City, Missouri. As a
young child, her parents divorced, and in 1945, her mother married Carl G. Rice in Shelby, Tennessee. Along
with Sharon’s sister, Lila Lee, the family eventually moved to Richmond, California.

She met and married Howard Ellis Sears in 1954, in Oakland, California. While living in California, they
welcomed their first-born Randall. When Howard finished his commission with the Navy, they moved to
Twin Falls, Idaho. There, they add two more sons to their family, Brian and then Marvin. After taking a job
and moving to Utah, they had three more sons, Tim, Donald and Rodney. They suffered the heartbreaking
loss of their son Rodney, after he passed away two days after birth.

For most of their marriage, Howard was on the road which left Sharon to raise five rambunctious boys the
best way she knew how, with what she had. She could often be seen going to the grocery store with a wagon
trailed by five young boys. Sharon never learned to drive and walked most places she needed to go. There
were many times she found herself in the middle of one of the boys’ many squabbles as she attempted to break
it up. She raised five very strong determined men with a strong work ethic.

Although she spent many years as a homemaker, once her boys were older, she began working as an
environmental services worker. She worked for a few years at a local motel in Garden City, Idaho, and then
for Trinity Health System in Idaho (St. Alphonsus Hospital) and Arizona (St. Joseph’s Hospital), where she
worked until her retirement. Sharon had such a whit and great sense humor. But as her sons would attest, she
was very opinionated and could out cuss a drunken sailor anytime. She made friends easily, and her laughter
was infectious. She enjoyed painting as a hobby.

Howard and Sharon later moved back to Idaho. Their family continued to grow as their sons married and
began to have children of their own. Howard and Sharon later divorced after which, Sharon took the
opportunity to move to Arizona where she met Allan Cousins at an apartment complex where they mutually
lived in Mesa, Arizona. They married in 1996 and moved to Idaho where they lived until Allan’s unexpected
passing in February 2012. After his death, Sharon moved to Flagstaff, Arizona. Sharon loved the beauty of
Arizona. It seems fitting that she spent her final years, and took her last breath, surrounded by the beautiful
red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.

Sharon is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Randall and Susan Sears, Brian and Debbie Sears,
Marvin and Lena Sears, and Tim and Mary Sears (deceased); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren
and great-great-grandchildren, and her sisters Nikki and Carla. She was preceded in death by her husband
Allan Cousins, her sons Donald Sears and Rodney Sears, her parents and stepdad, her sister Lila Lee and her
half-brother, Royden.

Sharon has requested to be cremated, and these arrangements are under the direction of Greer’s Mortuary in
Sedona, Arizona. At this time, there are no plans for a funeral service.


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