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Sharon L. Bigler-Cooper

March 7, 1941 - April 15, 2019

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the New Apostolic Church of Portage, 3600 W. Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49024. Rev. Peter Cook will officiate the ceremony. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:30 AM. A light lunch will be provided immediately following the service. The family requests that donations be made to the New Apostolic Church of Portage. They would also like to thank the many family and friends who have shown such love and support during this time of sorrow.

Age 78, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2019. Sharon was born to the late Harold “Bud” Mason and Katherine “Rena” May (Wagner) Smith on March 7, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and worked for both Parker Hannifin and Upjohn/Pfizer until her retirement. Sharon married Walter Miller, Jr. in 1960 and they were married for 27 years. Together they raised five children and three step-children. In 1995, Sharon married Ray Bigler, Jr. and they remained married until his passing in 2008. In 2016, she married James E. Cooper, who survives. Sharon leaves as her legacy, her children: Kevin (Bonnie) Miller, Kathy Miller, Harold “Bud” (Kim) Miller, Aaron Miller, Lori (Bob) Humphrey, Linda (Dan) Rynd, and Terry Miller. She also leaves to cherish her memory, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Rodney A. Miller and sister, Diane Tracy. Sharon was a spirited and loving mother and grandmother. She cherished each moment spent with her family. She also held a love of music. Singing with the ‘Sweet Adalines’ remained amongst some of Sharon’s fondest memories. She was an amateur photographer and enjoyed taking pictures, especially of her children and grandchildren. She loved summers on Cory Lake and winters in Arizona. Sharon was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.