Our dear JungleCruiser, Sarah, now an Angel in Heaven….

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by Janet B, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. tinkerbellmagic

    tinkerbellmagic don't hate me because I loved the castle cake

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    Such beautiful words for an obviously beautiful lady. I had only posted once in a while on the GF thread since this past summer when we stayed at the Grand, so I did not know your dear Sarah, but I recognized the name JungleCruiser from her posts there. She sounds like an amazing person. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was truly loved by all DISers who came to know her. My heart felt condolences to her precious family on their loss. Words cannot express how sorry I am for all who miss her so very much. She sounds like she was an incredibly special person.
     
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  3. WDWKOOK

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    I will have Jungle Cruiser Sarah's family and friends especially in my thoughts today as her memorial service is this evening. I hope that Janet B and/or pas130 will be able to post an update after the service for those of us unable to attend.

    Thank you:grouphug:
     
  4. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

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    Sarah has been on my mind all weekend knowing her Memorial service is tonight and wishing I could go. I will be there if only In spirit, Sarah will always be in my heart.
     
  5. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    I am working tonight at 7pm, but tomorrow I will post PROMISE :hug: Janet mat be able to beat me to it. I spoke this morning to the Director at The Valerie Fund..just FYI...he knows both Sarah and her DH, and he knows how wonderful they are :love: He called me as I am donating my old car to the charity in Sarah's name, to thank me. It really is beautiful how many lives Sarah has touched :angel:
     
  6. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Sheila :hug: I am fortunate to be 30 min away, and I know you will be there in spirit...:hug:
     
  7. WDWKOOK

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    I've always thought you were amazing, but when I read that you donated your car in Sarah's name, you confirmed it. What an incredible tribute and gesture; your donation will touch so many. You are/were an amazing friend.
     
  8. violetrose

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    I don't think I had ever met Jungle Cruiser on the DIS boards but just doing a quick search on her posts tells me she was someone who seemed to have a nice word for everyone and also seemed to enjoy life. How sad that she has passed on. My thoughts are with her friends and family.
     
  9. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Ok..you made me cry. In a good way :hug: I had gotten a new car Wednesday after Christmas...so we were going to sell her anyway. But after Sarah passed I went on the website to donate..when I saw the link to donate the car..I knew I had to. DH took care of everything.they should be here Wednesday to get it. I hope it helps those little Angels !! You're too sweet :hug:
    Oh she was exactly that!! And she defined purity and honesty. She had a beautiful gift to just always know what to say!
     
  10. Janet B

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    It is Jeannette. :hug:

    Sheila, like Pas, I was fortunate to be able to be there in person, you were definitely there in spirit. :hug:

    Kook, tThat our Pas, perfectly amazing, and special :hug:

    Pas, Beautifully put. :hug:
     
  11. Janet B

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    She was an amazing woman, thank you for coming here and posting your comments for the family to read. :hug:
     
  12. Janet B

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    Jeannette (Pas130) and I were fortunate to be able to attend the memorial for Sarah this evening and meet her wonderful family; her husband Jon and two daughters Stephanie and Cynthia. Jon was gracious and expressed his gratitude to us for coming and Stephanie and Cynthia did the same, displaying the same grace and strength that was Sarah. Seeing the young pictures of Sarah and Jon and of the girls brought a smile to our faces; most of the pictures were centered around Disney [of course:goodvibes]. There was a terrific picture of Sarah and Jon at California Grill, with the castle in the background as well as a beautiful family graduation picture, all displaying that sweet Sarah smile. :hug:

    Jon mentioned that Sarah suggested going to Disney when the girls were young and he was like, really? But off they went, and all it took was that one trip to get him hooked on Disney which led to many more family trips over the years, as well as mother/daughter trips. He said Sarah so enjoyed the DIS and all the friends she made, and we let him know that we also were there to represent her DIS friends that so wished to be there in person, to say themselves how much she touched their lives.

    Sarah truly showed us that life should be lived fully everyday - be happy, love much, and be grateful for the small things in life, for those small things are sometimes the greatest gifts of all. It was evident from all the people coming and going tonight how many people were touched by Sarah's life.

    Driving to the memorial tonight it really did hit me that no longer would she be with us in the same way. I do believe that people are sent to us at times when we are in the most need. Sarah was that to me, and as we went from PMs to texts to emails, to meeting in person, I came to realize what a truly remarkable woman she was with her courage, spirit, determination, wit, wisdom, and the caring and kindness that was all her. Sarah was always one to ask about others, and truly interested what was happening in your life. Early in our friendship I received a PM from her, worried that something might be wrong as I hadnt been on the DIS lately and her beginning words "I hope you don't think I'm stalking you" made me smile and laugh, and feel special ... that was our thoughtful Sarah.

    In remembering Sarah, perhaps we can all take to heart the concept of "pay it forward" that is gathering force today; that would be a wonderful way to celebrate her life.

    Thank you dear Jeannette for being with me tonight, as I needed you for support. And to my dear friend Sarah, thank you for your greatest gift of love and friendship. I will treasure it always.
     
  13. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

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    Janet Sarah was indeed one of those Special people who cared and took the time to reach out to others when we needed her most. She was an angel who walked among us. I feel good knowing you and Jeannette were able to attend last nights memorial service. Praying Jon and Sarah's girls found comfort in your being there and will continue to find the strength that they will need to carry on in their daily lives. :hug:
     
  14. WDWKOOK

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    No, you didn't have to donate the car, you wanted to. Another example of Sarah helping to bring out the best in everyone. She would be very proud of you.

    Thank you so much for sharing a piece of the memorial with us (and so late into the day:hug:). I was comforted to awaken this morning and see such touching words. I kept looking at the clock between 5 and 9 last night and thinking about how bittersweet an evening it must be for everyone.

    Sarah first PM'd me in much the same manner. I had asked some questions on the GF thread about RPC (Royal Palm Club), I believe and someone posted their experience. They had some complaints and that day I received a PM from Jungle Cruiser. She told me that in fact the poster was a friend, but the friend didn't know that Jungle Cruiser was Sarah.

    Sarah wanted to make me feel better about RPC since she knew first-hand that her friend could be rather critical. She wanted to allay my fears and offer another perspective. She also asked that I not use her real name so that she could remain anonymous to her friend who occasionally posted. I always respected that and even got worried when some started posting her real name on the RC thread. I wanted to protect her identity! I recall asking once about a GF room view and she sent me a photo of the view with her beautiful daughter on the balcony. She was so proud of her daughters.

    The memorial wasn't an ending or even closure, it was the beginning. The beginning of every day being a wonderful memorial to Sarah. The beginning of memories once filled only with grief that now have room for smiles and laughter. We all have so much to be grateful for no matter what our plight and I hope to carry a small piece of the gratitude Sarah exuded with me every day.

    Thank you for sharing Sarah with all of us.


    "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude."
    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


    "We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
    'Even longer,' Pooh answered."

    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
     
  15. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Janet :hug: I am so very glad we went together, I am only sorry I had to go to work :worried:

    It's funny you mention driving to the memorial...for this is when it truly struck me that she was gone...I had a song on the radio that touched me...and I thought of Sarah, smiled...and cried...

    Billy Joel - She's Got A Way Lyrics

    She's got a way about her
    I don't know what it is, but I know that I can't live without her
    She's got a way of pleasin'
    I don't know why it is, but there doesn't have to be a reason anyway

    She's got a smile that heals me
    I don't know why it is, but I have to laugh when she reveals me
    And she's got a way of talkin'
    Don't know why it is, but it lifts me up when we are walkin' anywhere

    She comes to me when I'm feelin' down, inspires me without a sound
    She touches me and I get turned around

    She's got a way of showin'
    How I make her feel and I find the strength to keep on goin'
    And she's got a light around her
    And everywhere she goes, million dreams of love surround her everywhere

    She comes to me when I'm feelin' down, inspires me without a sound
    She touches me, I get turned around

    She's got a smile that heals me
    I don't know why it is, but I have to laugh when she reveals me
    And she's got a way about her
    I don't know what it is, but I know that I can't live without her anyway
    It's supposed to be more of a love song, but Sarah was just that..a shining light, and she just had a way!

    Jon mentioned he will visit this thread, so in Sarah's memory...let's keep on posting :grouphug:

    And my Janet, it made me smle to see her pictures and how she transformed Jon into a Disney addict as well :goodvibes You and Sarah are so similar...your neverending love and friendship...no matter what is happening in your life, always there for me :lovestruc
    Angel in exactly the right word for our Sarah, Sheila! We told Jon and the girls we were there representing Sarah's many DIS friends! I really enjoyed meeting them. Jon and her girls have her strength and gentle kindness, and I was so thankful they let us share in her Memorial. There was a picture of her and Jon at Cali Grill with the castle in the background WOW!!! I feel bad as I was only there 1/2 hr...but I am so fortunate to attend :hug:

    Losing Sarah was the loss of a family member...I have to say that you ladies here on the DIS are family! Sarah praised me constantly for everything I did, and she made me a better wife/nurse/mommy. She held nurses in such high regard, that even in my worst shifts...I made the extra effort to always "care" the best I could. Unfortunately as a nurse, it always hung in the back of my head that Sarah was going through a lot medically. She confided in me many times, and I am glad she felt comfortable to do that. Life is a gift, and every day is a gift, Sarah lived by that.

    I really have no family other than hubs, and the kiddos...I had a horrible childhood, and I am proud of who I am now...but my greatest gift has been you ladies here. My "computer family". HRH knew exactly who Sarah was when I told her my friend passed away. Yes, our Sarah touched my little Princess (like Kook, Janet, Christine) with her stickers...and she would mail HRH postcards from GF on her trips...I wish I were a better friend sometimes...reached out more, saw her more. All summer we talked about a BBQ...but the kids were sick, and I didn't want to change Sarah catching any germs with the Chemo. Right now I picture her smiling, sitting at the RPC with tea and scones....with all our other RC Angels...

    God bless Jon, Cynthia, and Stephanie, and thank you for welcoming Janet and I last night...it means SO much to me, and Sarah will always always be in my heart.

    Sorry I was all over the place, I am overwhelmed I suppose....but I can't reinforce enough to keep Sarah's memory alive and like Janet said "Pay it forward" and live for today, and love with all your heart!!!
     
  16. LittleStinkerbelle

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    I'm so very sad to read this news. I'll never forget how kind, helpful and sweet Sarah was to me on the GF thread when we made a last-minute change to stay there for our trip last April. In fact, we were there at the same time and exchanged texts in hopes of meeting up but sadly our timing never worked out. I remember her posts as so positive and upbeat.

    My thoughts are with her family and friends. Wishing you peace.
     
  17. sjs314

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    Jeanette Reading the words to that Billy Joel song made the tears well up in my eyes again, so fitting when remembering Sarah. She touched us all in such a special way, how long you were able to stay last night is not important, your being there for Jon and the girls is what was. :hug:
     
  18. Grumpy Grandma

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    Yesterday I spent most of the day on airplanes so I had lots of time to think about our Sarah also Janet and Jeanette. I am so thankful that they were able to be there to express to the family just how much Sarah meant to all of us.

    Today has been a hard day. It was to have been the day Sarah and I spent resting and relaxing at WL waiting for the other RC ladies to arrive tomorrow. When I woke up this morning I was at a loss as to how I wanted to spend the day. I ended up at Epcot wandering the various gardens. As usual the Canadian one was my favorite. It wasn't the day I had been looking forward to for so very long but it turned out to be a quiet peaceful one. I think she would have enjoyed it.

    When the other RC ladies begin arriving tomorrow we will continue to celebrate what a very special person Sarah was. :hug:
     
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  20. pas130

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    I remember that!!! Sarah posted that awesome Courtyard view she had at the GF :goodvibes So glad you stopped by here!!! :hug:

    Thanks Sheila, I love Billy Joel, strange hubs changedd the CD over that night....meant to be perhaps :angel: I know the timing wasn't important, but I would've like to stay longer...especially with janet there!

    :hug: Oh Mama, I am sure our Sarah was right there with you and that's why it was so peaceful :cloud9:

    :hug: Back at ya my love!!!
     
  21. pas130

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    Just posting as Janet and GrumpyGrandma are enjoying the world and honoring our Sarah..they were gifted 2 expedition Everest fp which may be the doing of our JungleCruiser..I forget if today or tomorrow was the gf cafe breakfast..when I took the girls Nov. I texted Sarah like mad...wished she was there with us :grouphug:
     

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