Sara Lynne Shepherd Oliver
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Our loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister, returned to her Heavenly Father unexpectedly on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Sara was born October 16, 1963 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Bud Jones and Elaine Rigtrup Shepherd. She enjoyed growing up in a large family of eight children and a home filled with much love. Sara attended Lake Shore schools and then attended and graduated from Spanish Fork High School and Seminary.
Sara married Steven Strong in 1982 and they resided in Lehi for over 20 years. They were later divorced. She married Mark Lee Oliver, Sr. on July 6, 2010 in Cedar City, Utah where they currently reside. She was a wonderful mother and a loving and compassionate wife. Sara was her kids biggest fan and their loudest cheerleader. She supported her kids no matter what. Her family was the focus of her life. She was dedicated to them in every way.
Sara operated and co-owned Shepherds Cake and Candy for 25 years. A well-known chocolatier and wedding cake designer, Sara was a hard worker and always put others before herself.
Sara was a very happy person and a friend to everyone. Her hobbies included playing the piano and organ, sewing, ceramics, and most recently painting. She also enjoyed camping, 4 wheeling, fishing, and being outdoors.
A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sara served in many callings. She and her husband most recently served as Missionaries in the 12 step program for the church.
Sara is survived by her husband, Mark; parents, Bud and Elaine Shepherd, Lake Shore; children, Stacee (Cade) Herbert, Lehi; Elizabeth (Jason) Stott, Rock Springs, WY; Megan (Lee) Williams, Pleasant Grove; Shaelynn Strong, Spanish Fork; Mark Jr. (Tiffany) Oliver, Cedar City; Jeff (Shayla) Oliver, Magna; Bryce Oliver, Cedar City; Elizabeth Oliver and Emma Oliver, both of Cedar City; in-laws, Kenneth and Evelyn Oliver, Cedar City; siblings, Chris (Karen) Shepherd, Allen (Ruth) Shepherd, Alaina (Shelley) Shepherd, Chad (Marie) Shepherd, Annie (Ethan) Rencher, Mike (Cindy) Shepherd, and Paul (Ruben) Shepherd. She also leaves behind the grandchildren she adored, Dayton, Macade, Jace, Aiden, Cannon, Rhett, Blake, and Rex. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a nephew, Keaten.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Shore Chapel, 5916 South 3200 West, Lake Shore, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday evening, October 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork and on Saturday morning at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah.
A memorial fund has been set up at America First Credit Union where donations may be made to the Sara Oliver Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com
Walker Mortuary - Spanish Fork - Spanish Fork
187 South Main Street Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Oct. 24, 2013