Sharon Jo Halligan, 80, of North Platte passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Perkins County Health Services.

Sharon Halligan

Sharon was born May 17, 1938 to Cecil and Alice (Daly) Goodwin at North Platte. She graduated from North Platte High School and attended Hastings Community College.

Sharon married Harrison Halligan on Feb. 16, 1958 and they lived and raised their family on their ranch northwest of North Platte.

Sharon was involved in Miss Rodeo America, Inc., serving two terms as president and serving on their executive board for many years. She served on many committees for Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, serving many years as president.

She was chairman of the Nebraskaland Days Queen committee. She received A Friend of Miss Rodeo Nebraska Award in 2017. She was instrumental in helping to bring the Miss Rodeo Nebraska pageant permanently to Nebraskaland Days – Buffalo Bill Rodeo. She was the first National Director of Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, serving for three years.

She also served on the first Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Pageant Committee. Sharon loved to judge and did in many states and local contests over the years. Her passion was helping young women obtain their dreams of becoming a rodeo queen.

She traveled to many rodeos with her steer wrestling husband, Harrison. Her husband, children, grandchildren and friends were always the love of her life.

She is survived by her son, Dan (Cindy) of North Platte; daughter, Claudia Coble of Big Springs; grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Wright of Arizona, Monica Halligan of California, Travis Halligan, Carter (Haley) Coble, and Craig (Erin) Freeburg, all of North Platte, Sawyer (Kegan) Rabe of Arthur, Stephanie (Aric) Riggins of McCook; seven great grandchildren; and other family.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Tammie Halligan; and three sisters.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at First Christian Church. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements.

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