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Sharon Ann De Bord

December 5, 1940 — May 31, 2023

Rocklin, California

Sharon Ann De Bord

Sharon Ann De Bord came into this world on December 5, 1940, in Aurora, Illinois. She was the daughter of Robert Gihle and Harriet Eleanor Smith (maiden name). Her brother, Robert C. Gihle, joined the family on December 5, 1941. A er her mother's divorce, Harriet Gihle married Robert Romaine Carpenter, who lovingly adopted both children. The family initially resided in San Diego, California until 1951, and later moved to Paradise, California, where they lived until 1955. In 1955, they relocated once again, this time settling in Sacramento, California. It was during this period that Sharon attended Grant Union High School as a freshman before transferring to Norte Del Rio High School. Sharon successfully graduated from Norte Del Rio in 1958.

In the autumn semester of 1958, at the age of 17, Sharon embarked on her academic journey at California State University, Sacramento. It was at this university that she crossed paths with Lee Edwin De Bord. Both Sharon and Lee completed their studies in June 1962 and joyously exchanged vows on July 14, 1962, at the United Methodist Church in Sacramento.

Sharon dedicated her professional efforts to the Sacramento Welfare Department from 1962 un l 1965. However, on February 28, 1965, her life took on a new dimension with the arrival of her son, John Michael De Bord. From that moment on, Sharon devoted herself to the role of a stay-at-home mother. Meanwhile, Lee pursued his career with the California Department of Corrections and was transferred in January 1966, prompting the family's move to San Quentin, California. They settled in Correctional employee housing situated on the grounds of San Quentin Prison. During their time in San Quentin, Sharon and Lee opened their hearts and home to foster children in partnership with the Marin County Welfare Department.

In 1972, Lee received a transfer back to Sacramento, where he would be stationed at the Department of Corrections Central Office. Sharon and Lee seized the opportunity to put down roots in Rocklin, California, purchasing their first home that became the family's cherished haven. By then, the family consisted of John, as well as two long-term foster children, Billy and Barbara. Over the years, various foster children joined their household temporarily, enriching their lives. As the children entered their teenage years, Sharon returned to California State University, Sacramento, to pursue further education. Eventually, Billy and Barbara reached the age of 18 and were emancipated from the Foster Care System, but they had remained an integral part of the De Bord family during their time together. 

During her educational journey, Sharon pursued her teaching credential, solidifying her dedication to the field of education and her unwavering commitment to nurturing young minds. Over the course of more than twenty years, Sharon contributed her knowledge and expertise to various educational institutions throughout the Sacramento and Rocklin area. The majority of her teaching career was spent at Rocklin Elementary School, where she wholeheartedly focused on providing support and guidance to special education students. In 2001, Sharon reached a well-deserved retirement, but her connection to the Rocklin School District remained strong, as she continued to actively engage with the educational community.

Retirement didn't slow down Sharon's passion for making a difference. She dedicated her me as a devoted volunteer for several organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, Veterans Hospital Quilts, and the Linus Blanket Program. Sharon's commitment to helping others extended beyond the classroom, as she selflessly offered her support to those in need, bringing comfort and care to those she served. 

In addition to her lifelong dedication to education and community service, Sharon had a vibrant array of passions that brought joy to her life. She found solace and creativity in sewing, expressing her artistic flair through her needle and thread. Cooking was another avenue through which Sharon shared her love and warmth with family and friends, creating delicious meals that became cherished memories. Traveling also held a special place in her heart, as she eagerly explored new destinations, embraced different cultures, and collected unforgettable experiences along the way.

Sharon's legacy extends far beyond her professional accomplishments. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion, dedication, and a genuine zest for life. Her impact on the lives she touched, both in and out of the classroom, will forever be remembered and cherished.

On February 24, 2005, Sharon and Lee joyfully embraced the role of grandparents as they welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Jenna Isabella Rose De Bord into their lives. They cherished the opportunity to be involved in Jenna's daily adventures during her first year, relishing the special moments that grandparenthood brought.

However, on June 29, 2015, Sharon faced a significant loss with the passing of her beloved husband of fifty-three years. Despite the grief that accompanied this profound change, Sharon sought solace and support through the Widows Persons Association of California (WPAC). Through this association, she formed meaningful connections and forged new friendships, finding comfort in the understanding and camaraderie of fellow widows who shared similar experiences.

Throughout her life, Sharon nurtured and cherished numerous long-term friendships, maintaining strong connections with a wide network of acquaintances. Her warm and compassionate nature attracted people from all walks of life, creating a tapestry of relationships that enriched her journey.

In the midst of life's triumphs and challenges, Sharon's ability to cultivate and sustain meaningful connections left a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to know her. Her spirit of friendship and her willingness to lend an ear or extend a helping hand made her a beloved figure in the lives of many.

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LIFE CAN BE A JOURNEY

BY SHARON A. DE BORD

Like a highway, by-way or a country road. Sometimes, full of unknowns, Such as U-turns, detours and even dead-ins. It may even hold some surprises. Like unplanned rests or frequent stops.

That journey can be exhausting, daunting or oft times enchanting.

It might be short, long or even never ending. Each person's journey will be different,

It is personal and should reflect you, but maybe not just yet. Your journey may need some modifications, Or even a whole new trek.

Remember, a journey can be unplanned, enjoyed or revisited,

As needed, over again and again. Your journey is in your hands, and no one else's. It's your journey and the final destination is yours to make.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel

6920 Destiny Dr,, Rocklin, CA 95677

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