Sharon Ann Cripe-Gallup

Mrs. Sharon Ann Cripe-Gallup, 71 years old of Effingham, formally of Altamont and Beecher City, passed away early on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 at 6:45 a.m. at the Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, where she made her home the last few months.

Visitation for family and friends was held from 11 am to 1 pm Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont. Following the visitation a funeral service was held at 1 pm with the Rev. Paul Bauer of the Beecher United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Cemetery of Pittsburg, near Vandalia.

Sharon was born on Oct. 8, 1947 in Vandalia, one of six siblings into the family of Charles and Dorothy Williams-Glass. During her younger years she lived and worked in the Vandalia area. She then moved to Decatur, where she was a homemaker raising her family. She married Merlin Lee Cripe and he preceded her in death 1999.

Sharon moved to Beecher City in 1998 and was employed by the Beecher City Food Liner for a number of years. After her retirement she then moved to an apartment in Effingham.

She was a member of the Beecher City United Methodist Church for a number of years.

Sharon leaves to mourn in her passing her two sons: Joe (wife Chris) Cripe and Larry Cripe, both of Altamont; five grandchildren: Billy Cripe of Champaign, Danielle Higgs of Beecher City, Samantha (husband Jarret) Goers of Altamont, and Hunter, Wyatt, and Hanna Cripe of Altamont; and two great-grandchildren: Jayden and Kayson Goers.

She also leaves two brothers: Tony and Frank Glass; and one sister: Janet Gibbons.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, grandson Justin May, brother Charles Glass, and sister Fran Mikulski.

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