May 8, 2021
Sacramento, California - Sharon Denise Cooper-Pleasant was born to the late Helen Gillespie Cooper and James Cooper. She grew up as a "military brat," enjoying many worldwide travels with her family.
Attending Sacramento City College part-time, Sharon worked at the main campus of U.C. Davis as an Accounting Clerk; later, she transferred to the U.C. Medical School, East Area Mental Health Clinic. While working there, she met and dated her future husband, the late Morris Kellison Pleasant, M.D. Sharon and Morris were married on September 7, 1975. To this union, they welcomed their daughter, Shakira Denise, and son, Morris Kellison, II (Kelly). Sharon and Morris remained married for 45 years.
Sharon enjoyed friendships that crossed and expanded beyond racial, social, or economic status. She had a beautiful and loving spirit that one can only describe as an "Angel on Earth." She loved entertaining and celebrating every holiday.
Notably, Sharon was a Philanthropist, an Entrepreneur, a Business Media Consultant, Personal Shopper, and an Event Planner. She was the recipient of the "I AM" Women's History Stellar Awards, a member of the Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill, Soroptimist International, and a standing member of the Valley Hi Country Golf Club's Forty-niners team.
On May 8, 2021, with her children at her bedside, our beloved Sharon received her spiritual wings and was promoted into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. She is preceded in death by her parents, Helen Cooper and James Cooper, her husband, Dr. Morris Kellison Pleasant, and her brother-in-law, Thomas Zeigler.
She leaves to cherish her life and legacy; loving children Shakira Denise Pleasant (Chicago, Ill.) and Morris Kellison Pleasant, II "Kelly" (wife Renalyn); sister Gerilyn Cooper Zeigler and brothers, Assemblyman Jim Cooper (wife Kristen), Kevin Cooper (wife Samantha), all from Elk Grove, California; in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, a host of cousins, long-time family-friends, a host of girlfriends, and many others. Gone--never forgotten. Rest in Paradise, our "Rose of Sharon."
Published by The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 22, 2021.