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Sarah Marie Garcia-Hutto was born in Pasadena, California, on May 15, 1985, to Kathleen Warner and Andrew Garcia.
She went to fly with the angels on April 16, 2012, after suffering complications from open-heart surgery.
Sarah was born with a complex congenital heart defect and endured numerous surgeries and health challenges throughout her life.
Sarah, her mother and brother Adam Garcia moved to Port Angeles in October of 1990. She attended Jefferson Elementary School, Stevens Middle School and graduated from Port Angeles High School in June 2003. She earned a degree in early childhood education from Peninsula College in 2008.
Her dream was always to work with children, and she was able to fulfill that dream by working at the Peninsula College Child Care Center and in the Early Head Start Program. Sarah was also a nanny for several families over the years, and this brought her much joy. She loved "her children" with all her heart. Sarah was also employed part time at Project Scrubs in Port Angeles.
Sarah met the love of her life, Jon Hutto, while attending Port Angeles High School. They were close friends for several years and eventually fell in love. Jon and Sarah were married at her bedside at the University of Washington Medical Center on April 16, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Sarah never complained about her health challenges. She lived every day courageously and with a BIG smile on her face, grateful for every moment. She touched everyone she met with her magic and inspired us to live each day as if it were the last and cherish every moment with family and friends.
Those blessed to have known Sarah remember her for her tremendous faith, loyalty and generosity; her bright smile and contagious laugh; and her kind and gentle spirit.
Sarah is survived by her husband, John Hutto of Port Angeles; mother Kathy Warner of Port Angeles; father and stepmother Andrew and Jackie Garcia of Alhambra, California; brothers Adam (and wife Brinnan) Garcia of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Nicholas Garcia of Alhambra; grandparents Dale and Carol Warner of Port Angeles, and Fausto and Jovita Garcia of Alhambra; aunts and uncles Shellie Whittaker of Port Angeles and Martin and Patricia Warner of Lynnwood, Washington; cousins Jessica, Jeramie and Violet O'Dell of Sequim, and Brian Whittaker of Port Angeles; and extended family in California and Colorado.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 6, 2012