SUGARS Stephanie Of Sonoma County, age 60, died peacefully at home on November 20th, 2016, surrounded by love. A quiet, but potent, lesbian-feminist activist, her work in Sonoma County included: worker at Santa Rosa Community Market; writer and co-editor of the now-defunct publications "Women's Voices" and "Runes" newspapers; engagement in Sisters of Lesbos Against Radiation; co-founder of the 1980s "Greens"; docent work at the Bouverie Preserve and Quarryhill in Glen Ellen; work with the ill, dying and dead; and many activities with Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy and The Christian Community: Movement for Religious Renewal. Internationally, she maintained years' long friendship with others who shared her rare genetic disorder, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and the advanced breast cancer she lived well with for over 25 years. She attended Healdsburg HS, SRJC, UCSB and Antioch University majoring in art, religious studies and business administration. Stephanie defied all odds by living with active cancer since 1990. She incorporated unconventional and alternative approaches to healing and her life of healing through service. Anthroposophic medicine (working for healing that is humane and considerate of all worlds including human, natural and spiritual) transformed her. Stephanie's lived her later years on a small farm in Kenwood and her life encompassed friendships near and far, books, conversation, writing and reflection. For Stephanie, nature, ideas, art, beauty, imagination, memories, the dead, the divine and spirit were her friends. She created a Circle of Care, a close and loving group of friends and family members who surrounded her with support, song, food, prayer, presence and deep love. A great gift in her life was writing to heal and empower readers. She may not have changed the world through force but she changed, inspired and touched many through her writing. Stephanie's life radiated a pure presence and gifted vision that made its mark on humanity. You can access her words and thoughts at her blog https://www.mylifeline.org/stephaniesugars/updates. Her other, written works are at San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society archives and museum http://www.glbthistory.org Her funeral is Friday November 25 at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematory, 1900 Franklin Ave. in Santa Rosa. A memorial will be held in the Spring to celebrate Stephanie's life. An invitation will be posted on her blog at MyLifeline https://www.mylifeline.org/StephanieSugars/updates when we have a date and the details. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Stephanie Sugars name to Commonweal's Cancer Help Program http://www.commonweal.org.
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Published in Press Democrat from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2016.