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Jacqueline Louise Sara

Jacqueline Louise Sara, 57, Woodstock, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

She was born in Patchogue, NY.

She graduated from Harborfields High School, Greenlawn, NY, and later Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA, with a Bachelor of Religious Education. She earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

She worked for many years as a special education job coach, music teacher and teacher of young children at North Port Baptist Church, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle and Hearthstone Early Learning Center, as kids were a joy and passion in her life.

She always was active in church activities and loved singing and traveling. She did both of those through her college years at Valley Forge as well as recently, as she and her fiance traveled to California and Holland and had a wedding planned for Dec. 23, 2017.

She will be remembered for the way she shared her love of music and Jesus with whomever she came in contact with, her infectious smile and her magnetic personality that followed her from childhood through adulthood in which she drew people close through deep connection and counsel.

Survivors include her father, Richard G. Morrison; her mother, Miriam M. Morrison; her fiance, Al VanMaren; a son, Jonathan Sara (Emily); a granddaughter, Francesca Sara; a daughter, Christina Spurlock (Kaiden); a brother, Jeffrey R. Morrison; a niece, Jessica Morrison; and her faithful furry friend, Rosie.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at Schneider, Luecht, Merwin, & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The interment was private.

Memorials can be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church Kids Program, 504 E. Diggins St., Harvard IL 60033.

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