1972 - 2021
1972 ~ 2021

Sarah Russell Bailey Collins died peacefully at her home in Reston on May 23, 2021, from Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC).

Sarah was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on March 31, 1972, and moved with her family to Great Falls in 1984. She attended Herndon High School and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1993. Inspired by her grandmother Cacky, Sarah earned a postgraduate degree at Berkeley in social work and began her career of caring for others, working with older adults in the Bay Area.

Sarah married Mike Collins in 2002, and welcomed the two greatest joys of her life, sons Gabe and Henry in 2004 and 2006. Sarah, Mike and the boys returned to Reston in 2008.

Sarah loved being outside, hiking, biking, and walking with friends. She enjoyed healthy cooking, wine, her cats, reading, HGTV, and music-jazz in particular. But most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends, who had the profound honor of being able to support her after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2018.

Sarah navigated ACC with ferocity, grace, and the sharp analytical mind that reflected the scholar she was. She was fortunate to have had a medical team who recognized her tenacity and assisted her during her treatment. Sarah was also sustained by the love and support she and her family received from her wide circle of friends and loved ones. In the last few months of her life, her door was always open to anyone who wanted to come and sit with her and laugh over shared memories.

Sarah is predeceased by her beloved father, Henry. She is survived by her mother, Sally; her husband, Mike; sons Gabe and Henry; brother, John; sister-in-law, Beth; and nephew, Alex. She also leaves behind many extended Bailey and Collins family members, and a devoted circle of friends, all of whom will miss her beyond words.

A celebration of Sarah's life will be held on Sunday, August 1; details may be found on her CaringBridge page. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that donations be made in Sarah's name to They would also ask you to take a walk with a friend on a beautiful day in memory of Sarah.
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Published by The Washington Post on Jul. 2, 2021.
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This is so lovely. So many thanks, gals, for sharing Sarah´s story with everyone. I want to update the correct donation address. It is Thanks for all for your donations and your continued love and thoughts.
Mama Sally,
July 3, 2021
"Sarah navigated ACC with ferocity, grace, and (a) sharp analytical mind" - did she ever! I miss her beyond words. She journeyed through cancer in a way that profoundly touched me. Sarah intensified time, savoring what was meaningful to her at an almost molecular level. She radiated compassion and I celebrate every moment of her. Rest now, dear friend. We hold your beloved family close in our hearts.
July 2, 2021
Miss you, Sarah.
July 2, 2021
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