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Sharron Acosta Pierce

February 5, 1941 – March 18, 2024

Sharron Acosta Pierce, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt passed into the loving arms of our Lord on March 18, 2024. She bravely fought a long battle with cancer.

Sharron was born on February 5, 1941 in Sacramento, California, the first of six children born to David W. and Eleanor Lowsley. When she was 8 months old, she moved with her parents to Chuacús, a ranch in central Guatemala. She spent her formative years growing up there, immersed in Mayan culture and preferring to speak Spanish as her native tongue.

She moved to Wichita, Kansas at the age of 14 to attend Kapuan Mt Carmel Catholic High School. She attended college first at Barry University in Miami, Florida and then the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met her first husband, Edward. On April 4, 1964 she married Edward J. Acosta in Fort Collins, Colorado and they had two sons, Joseph and Robert.

In 1966, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas where she began a 32 year career at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She retired from her position as the Assistant Dean for Administration in 2000. She met her second husband, Alexander Pierce, Jr. at the Health Science Center and they shared a life together in New Berlin, Texas, where they cared for many animals.

She had a profound love for animals and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her llamas, goats, birds, dogs, and cats. She had a special connection with her dog Happy who brought her much joy and companionship.

She was an accomplished traveler having had many adventures across the world. She fondly remembered her annual trips to Cabo San Lucas with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed her incredible safari to Kenya accompanied by her son Joseph.

Whether spending time with her animals, spending time with loved ones, or traveling the world, she lived her Catholic faith as devotedly as possible. Her faith in the Lord sustained her throughout her life and comforted her during illness.

Sharron is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Pierce, Jr., her parents David W. and Eleanor Lowsley, her brother David Lowsley, and her daughter-in-law Patricia Acosta. She is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Henriette, her son Robert, her granddaughter Christina and her husband Matthew Carmona, and her three great-grandchildren Alexander, Andrew, and Josephine Carmona.

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