Death • 12.17.10

Sharla Diane Rippetoe, 60, died of cancer at her home in Dallas on Dec. 12.

Rippetoe was born April 2, 1950, in Texas and had lived in the Dallas area for the past 40 years. She graduated from Richardson High School, and was a business owner, author and artist as well as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was the owner of Grammy Sits pet-sitting service and a former delivery driver for Dallas Voice.

Rippetoe is survived by her wife, Maryann Ramirez of Dallas; her parents, Charles David Forest and Clara Jackson; her siblings, Belinda and Charlie; her daughters, Patricia, Veronica and Stephanie; her sons, David and Kevin; her grandchildren, Ean, Tasha, Degan, Helen, Thomas, Jonathan and Ashley; and her great-grandchildren, Eden, Avery, Aspen and Aiden.

A celebration of her life is being planned for a future date. The family asks that memorial donations in her name be made to SPCA of Dallas or to Community Hospice of Texas (

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

CCGLA elects board

Colling County Gay and Lesbian Alliance Board
ALL A BOARD | The Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance elected a new board of directors at the organization’s recent annual meeting at Collin County College. Board members are, standing from left, John Perez, Roseann Rossetti, Belinda Carmikle, Morris Garcia, Scott Smith, Jeanne Rubin and Bob Schimmin; and seated from left, Rosemarie Odom and Jane Schmidt-Ahsan. Not pictured is Ron Turner. The new board has already met to begin planning the organization’s first program of the summer, the sold-out Party Barge on Lake Lewisville.

—  Kevin Thomas