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.