Sharon Lee Carmichael Copeland went home to be with the Lord on May 15, 2022 at age 78. Sharon was born to Ken and Dorothy Carmichael on August 17, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. The family moved to God’s country, Grand County Colorado, in 1946 and later relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Sharon graduated from Sandia High School (1961) and the University of New Mexico (1965). She earned her Bachelors in Education and taught English at Monroe Junior High School and Cleveland Middle School. In 1967 she married Shelby Copeland and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this past August. She was a Charter member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and upon retirement pursued quilting, of which many of her quilts were juried into the National Denver Quilt Show, gardening, reading and spending time with her many friends. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Ken and Dorothy, and her sister, Barbara Reed. She is survived by her husband, Shelby, her sons Glen (Miriam) and Kenny (Catherine) and her four beautiful grandchildren, Tristan, Shelby Faith, Dalton, and Jacey. Her gift to her family and friends is a mantra she composed.
“I will embrace this day with enthusiasm, optimism, with acceptance, with kindness, with gratitude, with joy, with patience, with humor, with courage.
I will be calm. I will be steady. I will be serene. I will remember that happiness is a choice. I will find happiness and contentment and let go of the things I cannot change. I will refrain and reframe. I will try to become a better person and I will make the most of the gift of this beautiful day.”
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
To join in remembering, Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112