SHARON E. COPELAND, 54 ROCKFORD - Sharon E. Copeland, 54, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at home, after a long illness. Born in Rockford, she was a CNA for 13 years and cared about the well-being of the elderly. She worked in the restaurant business for many years. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing cards, visiting casinos, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Above all, she loved her family. Survivors include her husband, Alan Copeland; daughters, Tamara Ruggles of Machesney Park and Tracy Ruggles of Loves Park; son, Shane Ruggles of Rockford; grandchildren, Christopher Dawson, Jasmine Higdon, Caleb Dawson, Destiny Franklin, Haley Lopin, Jess Cabello and Austin Ruggles; great-grandchild, Westen Dawson; brothers, James Spears (Patricia) and William Spears, both of Rockford; sister, Susan Name; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by parents, Billy and Ruby Spears. Memorial arrangements are being made by the family and will be announced at a later date.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2012