a brave and happy warrior; a loss to all who knew and were touched by her.
Sarah was such a lovely person: engaged, enthused, intrepid and always keen to experience more, and know more, and make more friends. I met her at a number of Dunnett event, most notably in Istanbul in 2012 and Venice in 2016, and I was looking forward to Edinburgh and Orkney in 2021. Sarah will be much missed: a light has gone out in the world.
I was Sarah’s personal assistant and caretaker for one year. She was a good friend. Sarah looked honestly at the world and she had a very independent nature. She told me that the first words her mother said she ever spoke were, “Me do it!” Her bright, logical mind and observant nature offered clarity to any situation. But she also enjoyed a good laugh. We shared a lot of things in common including watching British Baking Show, Outlander, Discovery of Witches and Nature films. She really introduced me to bird feeding and basic gardening. I enjoyed taking care of her home and her sweet cat Sassy. Her various charities, writing and historical clubs brought her joy and she shared some of that joy with me. I wish we could’ve had more time together. But she is in heaven now and I know she is at peace. Heaven just got a significant upgrade to their alto section. I love you, Sarah. Godspeed. Your friend, Jenine Betschart
The last time Nick and I saw Sarah was in August 2017 to view the solar eclipse with her in Salem, in the path of totality. She had just returned from Europe and was so very gracious to invite us to stay with her as Oregon expected vast numbers of people to crowd the hotels. She took some excellent photographs of the eclipse. We will miss her!
Blessings and prayers for a truly brave soul, who in my memory, always thought of the others around her even those she didn’t know well.
Prior to moving to Salem, Oregon, and joining St. Paul's Episcopal Church there, Sarah lived in Jefferson Parish, LA, and attended St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at the time I attended that church the first time around. She sang in the choir there, too, and was always very pleasant to be with. I, for one, enjoyed associating with her. May she now rest in peace and rise in glory.
I never met Sarah in person. We shared an interest in the novels of Dorothy Dunnett and belonged to a number of online discussion groups. She faced a number of daunting health issues with great courage. She will be missed around the world.
Such a lively intelligence, and a wonderful presence at St. Paul's. She will be SO missed.
I only recently caught up with Sarah in the miracle that is Facebook. I think we first met in Roosevelt Junior High orchestra in Modesto, CA. We both played violin. Sometimes we sat together on the stand. I remember her as a sunny, grounded person, with a good head on her shoulders. I am glad that she kept music in her life, and it seems that it was a life well lived, though cut short. Rest in peace, Sarah.
I knew Sarah mostly through our mutual love of Dorothy Dunnett's novels, and enjoyed our encounters in New Orleans, Paris, Istanbul, and Venice. After that I mostly followed her on Facebook, where I discovered our mutual interests in church, choir, and cats. Sarah led her life with courage and determination, never giving in to the myriad of afflictions that rained down upon her. Vaya con Dios, Sarah, and have a wonderful afterlife in Heaven -- you of all people belong there! (Sarah is at the center of the Paris 2010 group picture in the white shirt and brown backpack straps)
I met Sarah during an Education for Ministry course a few years ago and kept up with her through Facebook. I was so sorry to hear that she had passed. She was bright, engaging, helpful, and kind. She actually listened when you spoke and considered your words; she made me feel heard. It was a pleasure to know her, even from far away, and I will miss her.
Thomas and I both will always remember you fondly. You were one of the people I so enjoyed hearing from and reading about on Facebook! I will miss your sincere and thoughtful comments. The memory of your kind friendship will always be with us.
Rest in peace