Sharron Cacy Cooper Barlen, 80, went to be with her Lord on Friday, October 29, 2021 at home surrounded by family in Monahans, Texas. Sharron was born in Pampa, Texas to Marie and Ray J. Cacy on June 30, 1941. Growing up in Monahans, she played the piano and organ for several churches during services and Bible schools. She was active in choir and drama club throughout her schooling and graduated from MHS in 1959. She attended Texas Tech from 1959-1961 and was a member of the Tech Singers and Kappa Alpha Theta, where she was the song leader for many concerts. She was also elected the Freshman Representative to the Associated Women’s Society.
Sharron married Charles Pearson Cooper June 17, 1961 and worked along side him in the family owned Monahans News Office for over 30 years. She kept the books, sold advertising, and wrote stories among many things. Sharron directed the choir at the First Presbyterian Church from 1962-1965. Sharron and Peason had two daughters, Cacy and Kelly, and spent many years involved in 4-H and hauling horses to Quarter horse and Appaloosa horse shows in Texas and New Mexico. After the girls graduated and left for college, Sharron and Pearson continued showing horses for several years.
Sharron was a member of the Wednesday Study Club, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and a 4-H Leader. She gave programs to area horse clubs and was a leader in the 4-H goats division, working in that program for many years.
In 1992, she bought a feed store in Burleson, Tx and ran it until selling it in 1995. Sharron then became the advertising manager for Cowboys & Country, a national western magazine, based out of Fort Worth, Texas. She returned to Monahans in late 1997 and sold real estate and later sold advertising for the Monahans News new owner. After receiving a call from a publisher in Belen, New Mexico, she took a job selling advertising for that newspaper in 1999.
On August 12, 2000, Sharron married Robert Owen Barlen in Belen. They returned to Monahans in 2001. During their marriage they enjoyed traveling the Western US and cruising on the Holland American Line. Sharron and Bob spent many days cheering on their grandchildren’s activities and loved spending time with them. Bob passed away in August 2003.
Sharron , also known as Mimi, was a continuous figure in her grandchildren’s lives, helping out whenever she could, having sleepovers and cheering on their accomplishments. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Sharron is preceded in death by her parents, Ray J. and Marie Cacy, brother Lance Cacy, Aunt Mary Beth Briley, who Sharron took care of for 10 years, Charles Pearson Cooper, husband of 37 years, and husband Robert Owen Barlen.
Sharron is survived by daughters, Amelia Cacy Hopkins and husband Paul of Boerne, Tx; Kelly Porte’ Marshall of Monahans; brother Stephen Ray Cacy of Monahans; grandson Phillip Green and Chelsea, and children Max and Annabelle of San Antonio; grandson Kyle Green of Monahans and his daughter, Alice Jane of Odessa; granddaughter Lauren Kinnee and Richard and their children Cooper and Amelia of Spring Branch, Tx; along with many cousins and friends.
There will not be funeral service for Sharron. She wished instead, for her family to gather and celebrate her life. If you would like to donate in her memory, Sharron supported the Monahans Senior Citizens’ Meals on Wheels program, MD Anderson, and Saint Jude.
Sharron’s daughters and family wish to extend sincere thanks to Kristina Bean and Loretha Arzate, her personal care givers, to whom we are eternally grateful for taking such wonderful, loving care of our mother and to Star Hospice.
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