Born in Michigan, Sharon lived throughout the United States and in Scotland, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Mexico. She attended freshman year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, sophomore year at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and Junior year at the Universidad Central de Madrid, Spain. She has a teacher's degree from Mexico City College. After returning from Spain, she worked as an assistant to the liaison officer at the Inter-American College of Defense in Washington, D.C. In 1963 she married Alberto and lived in Mexico City until 1981 when they relocated to El Paso.
Alberto was born in Mexico City, graduated from Law School and obtained his license to practice law in 1959, and became a member of the legal department of Banco Nacional de Mexico. He attended the Universidad Central de Madrid's Law School for his Jurisprudence Doctorate. For the next fourteen years he was Senior Vice President of the largest mortgage corporation in Mexico. From 1975 to 1981, Alberto ran a construction company building low income homes. He is fully bilingual (English/Spanish).