As I was reading the paper this morning I opened to the obituaries and saw the beautiful picture of Sarah. I smile with the warm memories of her. I was privileged to be Sarah's nurse many years ago. She invited me to her home for a wonderful home cooked meal! She was an outstanding cook, Sarah was so loving and kind and had such a beautiful spirit! I will treasure the memories for a lifetime! I think of you and Russ all the time when I go hiking at Torrey Pines! You are one patient of mine that I will never forget! Thank you Russ for posting her in the paper every year, I smile everytime remembering such a beautiful angel. Love and prayers to you!
Sarah was such a wonderful lady. What a privilege to have known her. She will always be remembered with love. She was an angel on earth.
i was one of Sarah's homehealth nurses and former neighbor. She was truly an amazing woman!
After my retirement in 2005 I lost track of many of my patients but I shall never forget Sarah and Colonel Silverthorn. Sarah was one of the most gracious, courageous, and kind patients I ever attended. Colonel Silverthorn, obviously a man of great character and intelligence, was always at her side providing comfort and encouragement. Alone or together they provided an example in fortitude with grace that few can imitate. Today I will pray for Sarah that she is in the place she so richly deserves to be; the place she earned through her long suffering on this earth. She made me a better physician and it was my honor to serve her.
Respectfully, Conley G. Lacey MD
Dear Russ, Just two days ago I came upon photos of you and Sarah with my beloved dog Sadie. I am certain as I write this little Sadie is sitting with Sarah again. When I saw her smiling face in those photos my heart was overwhelmed with the bright love she left within me. Amazing how some people truly leave their imprint on this earth that we all are called to do.. Yet, Sarah really fulfilled Gods calling in all of us that knew and loved her and I am sure in many others whom she just touched in passing. I miss her more than I care to say at times, she was my very BEST FRIEND in this world and she knew this.. I send to you the same love that she fulfilled in me as you carry on her legacy in LOVING as God called us all to Love. Blessings to You Russell, I am certain Sarah is SO PROUD OF YOU STILL!!!!
Sarah was such a special friend to all who knew her. We think of her often. She was special member of the Kiwi Club and we have been inspired by her faith and courage. My blessings to you and your family.
My life continues to be inspired by your divine, gracious & loving presence~ how very fortunate I am.
With much love & appreciation,
May 22, 2009
The memory of Sarah remains, warm and inspiring. I think of the years God gave you together even after she became ill, of the unique relationship Tammy had with her which blessed them both, of her family who were born to it, and of the realtionship Ramona and I had as friends -- each of us in our own way and at our own level, speak from our hearts. We miss Sarah.
How we enjoyed our times together. We especially remember those antipasta dinners and the wonderful talks. We remember Sarah the beautiful. She always had an encouraging word and a bright smile. We are looking forward to being with her at the feet of Jesus.
Sarah, what an honor and privelege it was to be your friend and Chiropractor. I always felt as I had received more than I gave when I treated you. The moment you closed your eyes hear on earth you opened them in heaven to see his glorious face. A place where you have no more pain and soon we will join you. With Love, Bruce Howe
We remember our time spent with a dear Neighbor at Camp LeJeune, NC and our many visits back and forth in Dallas & Del Mar. We miss a very special friend.
We still miss Sarah's presence with us and will continue to do so. She added so much to our lives of love and consideration. She always put others before herself but you only noticed how much she loved.
Jacquie and Fred Heyn
Dearest Sarah, When the Lord took you home, it left a big hole in our hearts. I don't believe you know the important place you filled in our lives. You are so beloved to so many, such an encourager you were. Russell has survived, with the help of all your friends and family, but it has not been easy. The love he had for you was very deep and very special. Together we talk and share those memories of you. Know Heaven is a brighter spot, now that you are there. With lots of love, Warren & Lenore Carter
Sarah will always be one of the most remarkable women I have ever known. She gave so much of herself. I will never forget her coming to my house after my first husband died. She brought a wardrobe of her clothes to dress me. It was important to look good as it was a military funeral. She had been my big sister in introducing me to life being married to a marine. What a lady, what a wonderful woman of God. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven when my days are over on this earth.
I think of Sarah often, a true lady. I had the pleasure of making her aquantance through my place of employee. I am a Radiology Technologist with U.C.S.D. I felt she enjoyed our visits as much as I did. Sarah was a very brave woman.
I think of Sarah so often, wishing with all my heart I could once again answer my phone and hear her say, "Mary, this is Sarah."--as if ever there was another voice like hers, or that I would not immediately recognize its southern sweetness. She was a shining star to all who knew and loved her. She was truly the most gracious and kind person I've ever known, and I feel so fortunate to have been her friend. It was such a precious and unforgetable gift from her, and I will treasure the memory always.
I love the picture you selected of Sarah, which prompts memories of special times with you both up at Mt. Hermon. My heart is warmed by treasured memories of times spent with both you & Sarah, how fortunate I have been. I continue to be inspired by Sarah gracious & loving spirit, how grateful I am.
Since the 1st day I met Sarah she was special. God definately put her into my life.. She was Family to me. Always, so capable, so concerned for others even when great challenges were going on for her. She would down play her own situation just to call and check on me. Her advice was always perfect, her meals were also perfect and her Love was as close to Angelic as I will ever know. Still to this day 4 yrs beyond her going home I still talk with her and I know that one day she will be there to greet me.. When my own Mother passed away I thought OH! Now Mother you'll get to meet Sarah and know why I loved her so. Russell has continued to carry on Sarahs Legacy by being another Mirror Of Gods Love to me and I am sure to others as well. Just as Sarah Did!! I love you both always and I thank God to have Sarah inside of my heart forever. I also want to laugh with everyone when I recall how she told me the story when she first met Russ and she did not know how to cook (can you imagine?) and she would convince her fellow flight attendants that were her roommates in S.F. to cook a Pot roast and she would just warm it up, She would set a rolling table by the fireplace dressed to the 9's w/lace and candles and have the apt. smelling yummy when her date Russ arrived.. After they were married she would spend her money and all day while Russ was away at work she would practice cooking and throwing away tons of burnt food etc.. Until by the end of the day she had perfected the one dish, after much wasting of food. Russ would come in from work and never know.. She said it was 10 yrs of marriage before she ever told him that she did not know how to cook.. I believe Russ might have suspected a little though.. Remember the pancakes story Russ.. Hah!!! What A Woman.. I still have many stories I laugh about regarding sweet Sarah... What a example she is still.. Thank God for making Sarah Silverthorn for Us All to Love.
Sarah's gracious and loving kindness will always mark our memories of her and also with you! We're grateful for this reminder and give the Lord thanks for her life with you! With our love,
Russ.....How much you must miss your Sarah...years ago we met at Calvary Lutheran Church, Solana Beach...I lost my Rene in 1993...
Life can be cruel sometimes..
RUSS--BETTYS AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU--SEMPER FI--JIM,
Please know that Konnie and I are in solidarity with you in your grief for the loss of your beloved Sarah.
God bless, Stew & Konnie
Dear Dottie and Harlan (Harmsen),
Such good friends you are of Sharon's. I visited her on Tuesday after her big luncheon at which she was honored. It meant so much for you and Harlan to be there to celebrate her recognition. We chatted and prayed together. It seems that she has such an acute appreciation for the little things in life. As we looked out her window on the flowered yard and listened to the birds and spoke about the meaning of life, her heart overflowed with gratitude. She spoke of life as a gift and marveled at one who was such a model - Mrs. Silverthorn. I may have the name wrong but you introduced her to me at a prayer breakfast. I remember when she was in the hospital and how close you were to her. Sharon went on to say that she was someone who ministered to so many even in her waning days of her cancer. I see Sharon filled with a similar strength, determination and courage in keeping going and ministering to others as long as she can.
Love to you all from me and Sheri too. Fred
your grace so dear
Southern elegance a joy
culinary triumphs delightful
projects and ventures galore
so much shared since July of ‘79
how precious the laughter
dear to have been called “sister”
This June will mark the 40th anniversary of when I decided, as an eleven-year-old girl, to name my future daughter, if I had one, Sarah, after my beloved Aunt Sarah. She was the perfect woman to me, the epitomy of beauty, grace, class, kindness, intelligence, fortitude, and had such a flair for fashion and fun! Sarah was a role model to me, and was always there for me. We had many "girl chats", especially during my college and young adult years. I loved her with all my heart, and am blessed to have had the honor of having her loving me. Even today, when I have an especially challenging day ahead of me, I will don on one of my three blouses I have which she gave me, and I keep a picture of the two of us on my dresser. My daughter Sarah Jean, knows her aunt Sarah well through the stories I have made sure she has known. The set of graduated pearls that Sarah gave my Sarah Jean for her 13th birthday is one of her most special and meaningful possessions. She will wear those pearls on her graduation days from high school and college, and maybe even her wedding day. You may recall that it was Sarah Jean who first saw Sarah's headstone in Arlington, on her 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2005. YES, knowing Sarah changed my life, and I think of her with such loving, warm memories. love, Debbie
From the day we met (1995) Sarah and I were friends, then bonded like sisters. We shared our experiences of both having been flight attendants. Soon I learned that Sarah gave all of her loving self to most everyone she met. She was full of grace and style and spirituality. She was my mentor and my confidante. I would go to her for questions about how to manage my life, how to cook a certain dish. She helped me pick out my wedding suit. She helped me solve problems with kindness and finesse. I miss her every day and am blessed that she was part of my life.
My friend, Sarah, whom I knew for at least 40 years, was truly the only person I have ever met who loved you unconditionally. What a rare and precious woman, and I will miss her always.
My memories of Aunt Sarah are rather limited since we lived far from one another and didn't get to be together very often. What I am grateful for is that Aunt Sarah filled my Uncle Russ' life with much love and happiness. They were soul mates and completed one another. Their faith in God grew and flourished as they ministered to their friends and family. God blessed Uncle Russ the day he met Aunt Sarah in Dallas, Texas and together they have been a blessing to all of us.
My most vivid memory of Sarah was during her last hospitalization. I am sure she knew that it would not be long but she had a smile on her face and in her voice and, for me, what is most memorable about that time was her interest and concern for me and my family not herself - she was then and always an example of how to live right up until we aren't living. I know that she was confident that, though she was about to leave us, life for her would be far from over.
I will always remember Sarah's gracious style and her genuine interest in others. Her spirit lives on as she inspires people through the stories I continue to tell about her. She was a truly lovely woman.
The Beauty of Sarah's Gracious Spirit continues to inspire us, as we reflect upon special memories of the ways her precious life touched our hearts. Sarah truly was & continues to serve as the "wind beneath the wings" for many. How blessed we are~
Although I was not around Sarah a whole lot, my memories of her are distinct in my mind. Her story about parking in "General" parking at the PX brings a smile to my face. How she could wake up in the morning with a full face of make up, looking outstanding, amazed me. She is the only one who has ever convinced me to eat Escargot or drink carrot juice. Sarah had a warm heart, she always made me and everyone else feel at ease and valued. She must be in charge of hospitality and greeting new arrivals in her new home, heaven.
"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair,against our will, comes wisdom through the awe filled grace of God" Aeschylus. Rusti will always remember Sarah's loving care and assistance on her wedding day.
Memories are the gift of a friend who brings thoughts of happy times, love and joy. Thank you Sarah for
Dottie and Harlan
I want to tell you about one of my favorite moments with Sarah. Of course, there were so many favorite moments, many of which were when we were sitting at the kitchen table, just the two of us, talking and sipping tea... But one in particular always is especially poignant.
I was three or four months pregnant with my first child, and I was visiting Russ and Sarah. Sarah was happy for me, and we had gone out looking for baby clothes and baby stuff. One of the items I bought was a little yellow baby carrier, with a handle. I had never seen anything like that before, nor had Sarah. Kind of like a basket for flowers, only this was a cheery yellow "basket" for baby. When we got home, Sarah swept into the house, with me close behind, and rushed up the stairs calling out "Russell! Russell! Look what we have!" She was holding up her long skirt with one hand, and the little yellow baby basket with the other, skipping up the stairs with glee. The late afternoon sun was streaming through the windows. I was just a step or two behind Sarah, and her simple expression of excitement and anticipation of the birth of my first child, was so touching to me, I felt as though I was seeing a rainbow for the first time. I have thought of that moment on the stairs many, many times through the years. It made me so happy to see her excitement bubbling over, to feel her interest in my baby.
Zachary spent many hours of his first months in that little yellow basket, watching me make dinner, laughing for the first time when he saw some colored squares, sitting mesmorized while Peter conducted with exhurberance along with Beetoven. Thank you, Sarah, for welcoming my first child, sharing the wonder of impendiing motherhood, and for leaving your spark of love with the little yellow baby basket.
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Sarah is a wonderful model of a person who suffered with dignity and a smile. We miss her greatly.
Your love of God, family and life shown in your every action, every conversation, every relationship. What a full and generous life you lived and what a blessing you were to me.
Long after I was fully recovered from an illness, and while she was in the midst of a very dangerous (obviously life threatening) and painful illness, it was Sarah's habit to inquire as to the status of MY health. Her bravery and kindness have made unforgetable impressions on all who knew her, inspiring us all.
I remember many times when she cooked dinner and I watched in the kitchen.
Your precious Sarah lived with quiet patience, waiting for God's will in her life. She just glowed with that yielded spirit, positively affecting all those she knew. Her life was a testimony to her faith.
When I brought my mother, Virginia Arnold, to visit you both just a year and a half before she passed away; all her stories of "Sweet Sarah" were verified. I could understand why the two were so close. Thank you for coming to my mother's internment service. It was a long trip to Corona del Mar for Sarah. Her sacrifice to come, and your kindness to bring her, reflected their love for each other and, your's for Sarah. After, Sarah and I shared telephone conversations that lifted my spirit when I felt such sorrow. That was Sarah, a selfless, kind soul who sought to comfort rather than to be comforted.
I shall never forget her and will pray for you, as she crosses my heart and mind. I do believe that Sarah and Virginia have reunited and are eagerly waiting for us to journey to them.
Hugs, in Christ,
Afer so many years together, Sarah has gone to be with the Lord. What a comfort for us to have faith in Jesus Christ! And your faith and hers has always been strong.
I have fond memories of times together with you, and have often thought of you during the years.
May the Lord comfort and strengthen you. With His Blessing - Henk