Sarah Jane Wood
1997 - 2016
Melson Funeral Services
38040 Muddy Neck Road
Ocean View, DE
Sarah Jane Wood

AGE: 19 • Dagsboro

Sarah Jane Wood, age 19 of Dagsboro, DE passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home due to an accidental drug overdose of heroin.

Sarah was born in Falls Church, VA on December 7, 1997 to Lawrence and Margaret (Gebhardt) Wood. She graduated from Indian River High School Class of 2016 and was a freshman at the University of Delaware, where she had just made the Dean's List.

Sarah was a beautiful, nonconformist, young woman who had a passion for learning and was a champion for the underdog. She will be fondly remembered as a talented artist, an amazing writer and an avid photographer. She was unapologetically herself and didn't care what anyone said. While at Indian River High School Sarah was the President of the Technology Student Association. An English teacher commented that Sarah never backed down from a good argument. Sarah loved playing soccer and participated in the River Soccer Club since the age of six and was also part of the Indian River High School JV Soccer team. She and her twin brother, Sam had a loving and inseparable bond. Not only did Sarah love all people, she extended that love to cats, dogs and even the sloth!

She is survived by her parents, Larry and Margie Wood of Dagsboro, DE; four siblings, Matthew Wood and his fiancé, Heather Spannbauer of Millsboro, DE, Katy Wood of Dagsboro, DE, Timothy Wood and his significant other, Elizabeth Ewing of Georgetown, DE and her twin brother, Sam Wood and his significant other, Cher Robinson of Dagsboro, DE; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and a host of friends.

A visitation will be held from 3-6 PM on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, DE 19970. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, DE.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club P.O. Box 525, Ocean View, DE 19970.

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Published by The News Journal on Dec. 22, 2016.
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Sending many prayers to the family of this beautiful young lady. May you all find the strength to handle the hard times and courage to carry on and find peace and acceptance. God bless you all in the new year!
Becky Smoot
December 28, 2016
Another precious life lost to a Drug that is killing our children.
I lost my Nephew a little over 6 months ago to a Heroin overdose also.
His girlfriend was pregnant with his child and she delivered 2 weeks later.
Grace is her name and my Nephew is the one that named her and was so excited about meeting his new baby girl. Did he know he would not be here today to see his baby Grow up? No. The Drug took his life way to soon...
God Bless you as you say your goodbyes to your daughter.
Darlene Benton
December 23, 2016
My prayers are with the family I all so lost my daughter September 24-15 to that evil drugs God bless the family and happy holidays which I know will be very hard for everyone
Wanda Bernal
December 23, 2016
I was in class with Sarah and she was so intelligent and passionate. Her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers
December 23, 2016
My heart breaks for your family.. Your daughter is lovely and I know you are very proud of her accomplishments. Thank you for sharing this, this drug affects us all! I know 2 boys that overdosed on heroin in the last year. My son overdosed 4 times last year alone. He has been crippled by this horrible drug for over 15 years now. He actually traveled back east to get the stronger stuff, that resulted in many of those overdoses. He wonders why it's not him that's dead instead of all of his friends. I don't know why I'm writing a complete stranger except that I feel so sad for your family right now. I pray that God would hold you near and Bless your family especially during the holiday season. Praise God we have hope in Christ Jesus.❤ In Christs Love,Rhonda Self
Rhonda Self
December 23, 2016
Dear Sam and all other family members, I directed this note to Sam because he was the twin of Sarah. I know what Sam is going through losing his twin sister because I lost my twin sister four years ago. My twin sister was the grandmother of HF Wilgus who was a couple years older than you but he also graduated from Indian River high school. It hurts to lose a sibling as I had lost my other sister 11 months before losing my twin, but when you lose your twin it is like you have lost a part of yourself. Your twin will always be with you. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Jestice
December 23, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this difficult time.
December 23, 2016
I cannot in words tell you how sorry I am . I, myself am the Mother of a recoverying heroin addict. My prayers go out to you and your family. Rebecca
December 23, 2016
I don't know you but, I can identify with your pain. Sarah seems like a delightful young woman. Thank you for bring attention to this horrendous disease. God bless you and your family with peace and send His Guardian Angels shelter your family and friends today and always.
Catherine Mulholland
December 23, 2016
I did not know Sarah but she sounds like she was such a wonderful young lady. Thank you for your honesty about how she lived and also how she died. It's important for people to know how this kind of tragedy can happen to anyone. I am very sorry for your loss.
Helen Flood
December 22, 2016
So sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul & a promising life. Same age as my daughter- prayers to her family
December 22, 2016
Had a great smile and an energy about her
December 22, 2016
Had a couple of classes with her. So sorry to hear this happened.
William Cooper
December 22, 2016
So sorry. Peace be with the family & friends at such a difficult time.
December 22, 2016
I went to school with sarah there have been to many deaths this past year from people in our class, I hope the family is doing well so sorry for your loss sam
madalyne brenner
December 22, 2016
God Bless you for sharing.It might open the eyes of others.If it saves one life It is worth your sharing. RIP to your daughter and prayers for peace in your hearts.
December 22, 2016
Diane Little
December 22, 2016
Thank you for sharing the tragic nature of your daughter's death. A story too common today. God bless Sarah, her family, and her friends. Anonymous.
December 22, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss. Heroin is killing a whole generation of our children. May you find comfort in the memories you cherish of Sarah.
December 22, 2016
I'm in GA but DE is "home". She sounds like a beautiful young woman. I'm so sorry for your loss. So deeply sorry for your loss of such a promising young life.
Sara Ivin
December 22, 2016
Another Heartbroken Aunt
December 22, 2016
just heatbreaking.,I am so sorry for your loss
December 22, 2016
Kevin Melloy
December 22, 2016
My deepest sympathies to all of you. I don't know you, but could easily be in your shoes. My nephew was rushed to the hospital a few weeks ago in the same manner. Fortunately, he was found in time to be helped. I want to thank you for the honesty in losing this beautiful talented lady. The horrors and lies of the seduction of drugs is stealing our precious youth. My nephew is married with a precious infant and everything he could want. I pray for peace for your family. May Sarah's story reach out to touch and save others who think just one more time. It won't take away your grief and heartache, but may your fight to educate give you a peace to know there may be one out there for whom Sarah's loss can make a difference. May God bless and comfort you.
Broken Hearted Aunt
December 22, 2016
So sorry for your loss... :(
December 22, 2016
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