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Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA

OBITUARY

Shawn Lea Hope

May 7, 1956July 7, 2020
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Shawn Lea Hope, age 64, of Visalia, California passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Shawn was born May 7, 1956 in Bellflower, California.

Shawn is survived by daughter Mikhaila Hope; brother Randy Holllingsworth and his wife Sue.

Memorial services are scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia, CA.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.millerchapel.com for the Hope family.

  • FAMILY

  • Mikhaila Hope, Daughter
  • Randy Holllingsworth, Brother
  • Sue Hollingworth, Sister-in-law

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    Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Edward Holt

August 9, 2020

My condolences to family. I’ve known Shawn a long time and had some great times with her as a friend and she watched over us well when working dispatch, she had our backs. Rest In Peace ol friend and journey on.

Berk and Kay Strothman

August 8, 2020

We are sorry to hear about Shawn’s passing.
May she Rest In Peace.

We remembered her as a cute, energetic little girl when we and our girls went to California in about 1965. The girls had a great time getting to know each other.

Susan Hollingsworth

August 7, 2020

We will miss you Shawn. My happiest memory of you was our trip to South Dakota. We got to see buffalo, Miki got to ride Breezy the horse, we dug for dinosaur bones, and had a wonderful time visiting with the family. I know Miki was the greatest joy of your life. Rest in Peace.

Stella Velasquez

July 28, 2020

Shawn and I go years back. We spent many nights together working in the “blue room”, the “dungeon”, the dispatch center. When you’re together for so many hours in stressful situations you need someone you can depend on and that was Shawn. We worked well together so we were able to build that special bond 💙💛 She was also my buddy outside of work, so we’ve enjoyed many a beer, game of pool and darts together in our “younger” days. Over the years we lost track of one another but Shawn will forever be a part of my life, a good memory, my fun loving, giving and caring special friend. My sincere condolences to Miki and the rest of the family🌹God bless. Stella

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Biography

Shawn Lea Hope was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Shawn will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of Robert and LaVon Hollingsworth.

      Shawn was raised with One brother, Randall(Randy) Hollingsworth. She and her brother experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Shawn had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Redwood High in 1974. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Shawn enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. Later in life, she had accumulated so many friends, that it'd be impossible to list them all.

       Empathic and loyal, Shawn was committed to making her new family happy. She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Anthony Alberti, it is because of him she was blessed with her two step daughters. After their divorce, she was later married to Richard(Rick) Hope, with whom she had a daughter.

      Shawn worked hard to be a good mother to her kids and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Shawn was blessed with her daughter, Mikhaila Hope. She was also blessed with 2 step daughters; Missy Alberti-Araujo and Kristi Alberti-Valles, whom she considered her kids until the day she died. However, in reality, she had a lot of children.... She had the love of all of those to whom she considered "her kids", and who called her Mom.

      Fortunately, Shawn enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Shawn worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her 20 years as a Dispatcher at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, when she started in 1983. Shawn always sought to do everything necessary in order to get the job done and keep her deputies safe while doing so.

      Shawn enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were watching movies, or doing paint by numbers; however, more often then not, you would usually find her playing rpg video games, sitting on the porch talking and listening to a variety of friends who would just stop by, but would end up getting lost in conversation for hours, or with her nose stuck in a new book. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Shawn was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Her family was rounded out by her 3 cats, Tink (who preceded her in death by 2 months), Hunter, Stormy, and her daughter's 2 dogs( whom shawn called her "2 four-legged granddaughters"), Rayne and Sasha.

      When Shawn’s retirement finally arrived in 2003, she was well prepared. Even in retirement, Shawn continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. After retirement, she would tell her daughter stories from work, and that she missed her job; her fellow dispatchers, and the deputies she worked with (although with a little laugh, she admitted to her daughter, that she didn't miss some of the stories she'd hear from her callers).


      Shawn passed away on July 7, 2020 at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia, California. Shawn suffered for years from Degenerative osteoarthritis in her lower back as well as more recently, COPD with Emphysema; making it hard to breathe. She no longer has to fight that pain, nor struggle to breathe anymore... She is free. Services will be held Sunday, August 9th, at Miller's Funeral Chapel in Visalia, California.

      Simply stated, Shawn was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring, loving, and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Shawn leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Shawn Lea Hope.

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