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NORFOLK - Sara L. Jones, 40, passed away February 15, 2013 in her home. She was a retired Firefighter with the city of Norfolk. She was a member of Beyond Boobs, Wave Church and was an assistant volunteer Coach for the Lady Monarchs at Old Dominion University. She is survived by her mother Linda Uplinger and father Donald Jones; sister, Beth Mortell and husband David; niece, Landon Mortell; two faithful companions Synder and Rypper. A memorial service will be held 2PM Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the Wave Church, 1000 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beyond Boobs. Condolences may be made to the family at

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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 17, 2013.
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March 18, 2013
What can you say about someone so full of life? I knew Sara for about 10 years through Curves and words can't describe my admiration for her and my appreciation for all she did to inspire everyone who came in contact with her. I never felt I could complain or skip a workout when I knew Sara would be there cheering me on -- not just in my workouts but in life. She lived life to the fullest and that will be her legacy to so many of us and hopefully to her beloved niece, Landon. My thoughts and prayers are with Beth, Landon and all of Sara's wonderful, supportive family, whom she loved so much.
Marcia Cronin
March 12, 2013
I met Sara at the last Beyond Boobs calendar gala- what an inspirational woman! As a Beyond Boobs calendar girl myself- MAY YOU ALWAYS KNOW SARA THAT YOUR POSITVE MESSAGE LIVES ON THROUGH EACH OF US!! XXOO
February 28, 2013
Linda and family we are sorry sadden by your daughters loss in her battle with cancer. We truly feel the pain of your families loss and as you know we know exactly how you feel.

Don and Sherry Boyce
February 21, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Roberta Fitzgerald
February 20, 2013
Sara,I light this candle for you,when you became my pink sister 3 years ago I new then how special you would become to me. Any room you came into your smile lighted the room up I will miss your smile deeply and your kind words of encouragement when having a bad day. Heaven has gotten an Angel be free pink sister until we meet again I will try and follow in your path and fight until there is a cure.<3 love you alot a.k.a.COURAGE
Allison Gillikin
February 20, 2013
So sorry to hear this sad news. Sara was at our home a lot when our family lived on Harbor Drive in Hampton. My sons, Russell, John and Nathan stayed in touch with her.

Don & Jeanette McCreary
Jeanette McCreary
February 20, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. The death of a child is always the most difficult. You and your family are in my prayers and I pray that God brings you some comfort in the days and weeks and months to come.
Joyce Williams Nettles
NNHS 1963
February 20, 2013
Linda, I send my heartfelt sympathy. Words are difficult to come by at this time. You are in my heart. My family loved your family. We go back many years. God bless. I will be thinking of you. Pauline Collins Shofner
Pauline Shofner
February 20, 2013
always in my heart
February 19, 2013
Heaven just got a bit brighter as another angel went home to be with our Heavenly father. God will keep his loving hands around you and your family as you go through this grieving process. We were blessed to have been able to be part of Sara's life as she was growing up. Stay strong as Sara would want you too.
God will bless you and your family.
Love Shirley and Carol Bennett
February 19, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. May the love you receive from everyone who loved her be a comfort to you.My prayers are with your family. Heaven has definitely gained an Angel.
Bettina Williams
February 18, 2013
So sorry for your loss. We knew Sara through the ODU family and she will remain in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
"The Barefoots" Eddie and Carolyn
February 18, 2013

My prayers are with you. I had such fun with you and Sara at Curves in Grafton. Sara just radiated joy from the first day I met her. I am so glad I had a chance to know Sara. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Tammy Toupin
February 18, 2013
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your daughter. It is so difficult to lose a loved one..especially one of your children. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. May time and friends help you through this difficult time.
Ray Stinnette
February 18, 2013
So sorry for the loss of a beautiful lady! We wish our loved ones could stay here forever, sadly they leave us to become special Angels. she will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family .
Jamie Graves
February 18, 2013
I am so glad I knew Sara. She will truly be missed. RIP girl.
Marilyn Meath McGraw
February 18, 2013
Linda, Hal & Family,

Rose and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Sara is truly at peace now with our heavenly Father. Her spirit and outlook on life left a positive effect on all she came in contact with. My fondest memory was at the Norfolk Tides, Sara and I spent the afternoon together watching a good 'ol baseball game. What a fun day! God bless and see you soon!
Al & Rose McCann
February 18, 2013
Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Sara's family, friends and the ODU women's basketball family.

Bob Hilling, Trophy World, Inc
Bob Hilling
February 18, 2013
Linda and family, we are very sorry for your loss. While I never had the honor of meeting Sara, there is no doubt that she had her mothers spirit and love. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that you are able to find peace and comfort knowing that she will no longer have to feel pain or suffering and she will now and forever remain by your side in spirit. Sara will continue to live on in the lives of all that she inspired and touched during her time here.
Teresa and Dora Ottofaro
February 18, 2013
Very sorry for your loss I haven't seen you all in years. We loved your family our prayers go out to you. Alvina,Vera,Diana,Kenya ( Hunt Family) Hampton,Va
February 18, 2013
We didn't have the pleasure of meeting you here sara but we will one day. Condolences to the family. God bless.
kris and keri penland
February 17, 2013
I feel so blessed to have known Sara through many years at Curves. She was an inspiration to us as she went through her cancer treatments, she was a motivator to make every workout fun and productive, and she touched and inspired more people than she ever knew. I will be with you in spirit at her memorial service (I am in Tucson caring for my mother) and I know that a piece of Sara's love and joy and determination will remain with me, and so many others, forever. May God continue to bless you all, and bring you peace and comfort in this loss which we all share.
Pat Walsh
February 17, 2013
So sorry for your loss, just remember how wonderful of a person Sara was. She was a true inspiration. She was a fighter and she fought the fight of her life. But know she is with the Lord and she is HEALED! We pray for peace and comfort for your family. May God bless you and keep you safe!
Debbie Williams
February 17, 2013
Linda and Family, my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I never had the pleasure nor the honor of meeting your Sara but I have a feeling she had the spirit of her "momma". I remember, so many years ago, you sharing the news of Sara's illness. She's at peace now, but will forever remain in your heart and in the hearts of those who knew her.
Faye Houk
February 17, 2013
My wife and I met Sara at our church a few years ago. She was a kind and gentle person. She will be missed. May God bless her family and friends during this time of grief. Sara's father Don was her true support during her sickneess, God Bless, him.
Lane & Nora Adkins
February 17, 2013
What a wonderful person Sara is. May her smile, love and courage continue to live on.
February 17, 2013
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful daughter, Sara. Loving thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you with His grace, love, and peace. We love you - Anita McKinley, Rex and Chris McKinley, Judy and Tom Fernald
Anita McKinley
February 17, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family of Sara L. Jones.
February 17, 2013
Our hearts & prayers are with you Ms. Linda & family. Another soldier gone home , job well done . Smile she's in Our Fathers Arms
Beverly Williams-Rackley
February 17, 2013
Dearest Linda and Family

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Sara. She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be deeply missed. May your heart and soul find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time. God bless you and your family.
Corey and Morn Siver
February 17, 2013
may you find peace of mind and solace in your heart. God will see you through these times of sorrow.
jimmy smith
February 17, 2013
Linda, my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Sara is healed and taking in all the wonderful things Heaven has to offer her. God bless and comfort you in this difficult time.
Cindi Moyer
February 17, 2013
May God grant you the strength to come through this trying time even closer as a family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you in the fall.
Charlotte Guilliams Krell.
February 17, 2013
Linda & Family,

We are so sorry to hear about your daughter, Sara. May God bless you and your family at this most difficult time. You will be in our hearts and prayers.
Billy & Frances Weaver
February 17, 2013
With an understanding heart
Rochelle Spooner
Piermont, NY. 10968
February 17, 2013
I had the honor of meeting and caring for Sara while in the Hospice program and grew to love her and her strength. R.I.P.

Roxie (H
ospice Nurse)
February 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jones family, Linda,Donnie,Beth,Landon David and Hal.
Sara has touched and inspired so many people. She will always hold a very special place in our hearts forever.
Ronnie, Suzanne, Chad, Brock and Dylan Williamson
February 17, 2013
Linda, so sorry to hear about Sara, I will never forget the love she had for Susan and all the help she gave to the family. Von and Bobby Sears
February 17, 2013
Ms Linda and Family: My deepest sympathy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Vic Williams
February 17, 2013
The world is a better place for having had Sara in it for her forty all-too-short years. She brightened the life of every person she touched, near and far. Her indomitable spirit and courage were reflected in the faces and hearts of her legions of adoring and loyal friends who surrounded her everywhere she went. Heartfelt condolences to all her loved ones, most especially to her beloved Landon. May her memory forever be a blessing.
Paula Russel
February 17, 2013
Breast cancer has claimed so many and, in spite of her personal battle, Sara used her journey to educate, motivate, and protect generations to come. She never felt sorry for herself, and I was always so amazed at her personal strength and passion to create positive energy for change in the research and treatment of this disease. My deepest sympathy to Sara's family and friends. Sara has made an indelible mark and made every moment mean something.
February 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Sara. She will be so very missed by anyone whos life she touched. Loved by all and will always be in the hearts of many forever. Much Love and God Bless.
February 17, 2013
Knew her from Curves. She was a remarkable women and courageous. She gave inspiration to many. May she rest in peace.

Betty Howes
February 17, 2013
Linda, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Susie Overton Jones
February 16, 2013
I never knew Sara ,but what an inspiring woman!she has touched many lives,including my own!may she rest in eternal peace!
February 16, 2013
Though I didn't know Sara well I will always remember the first time I meet her at Relay for Life when she had her head covered in tatoos. She fought a vailant fight against a terrible disease and with her courage she brought attention to fight the fight and LIVE while you are fighting
Laurie Clinton
February 16, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting & knowing Sara when I was a member at her Curves locations on 22nd & 20th Streets. She always made you feel special when you were there. She fought a courageous battle with dignity & her selfless spirit. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
February 16, 2013
Your strength and valor, service, and your God given passion for the game will be forever missed.
"He has made everything beautiful in it's time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecc 3:ll

Bruce, Kathy, and Family
February 16, 2013
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Sharon Fitzgerald
February 16, 2013
LUV YOUR GUTS SARA JONES! thak you for showing me how to live and walk in Christ. Peace my dear friend, peace.
Catherine Boyd
February 16, 2013
Our life was fuller because we knew Sara. God give her the peace she deserves.
Kathy and Ken Uplinger
February 16, 2013
Your light will forever shine in my life....
February 16, 2013
This woman put us all to shame with her courage and bravery fighting the monster cancer. Forever we shall remember her with respect and love and miss her being among us on earth.

Her spirit & love for us remain & for her generous spirit, we thank God. We will always have Sara in our hearts.

God bless and heal her family during these sad days. Our love and sincere sympathy go out to each of you with caring compassion. Peace to Linda, Hal, Rev. Jones, Beth, Landon, & David.

Friends of Sara from Curves Grafton, VA.
Faye Keenan
February 16, 2013
Sara was one of the most energetic, positive and thoughtful people I have ever met. Her motivation to maintain her career as a firefighter, her dedication to her members at Curves and her warmth and friendship to everyone she met made her a role model for women everywhere. She will be missed by many.
Linda Banyay
Linda Banyay
February 15, 2013
You lived your life to the fullest with grace, passion and heart! You will be missed!
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