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Sarah Rosalie Jackman, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend, peacefully left this life on February 6, 2022. Despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, Covid attacked her tired body relentlessly.
She was born on October 15, 1982, to John and Lesley Jackman, the fifth child of six and the second girl. Her beautiful blonde hair set her apart from her dark-haired sister. When she started kindergarten, the bus driver refused to believe that they were related. She loved her twelve nieces and nephews and made a great effort to be everyone’s favorite aunt.
She graduated from Cottonwood High School, where her favorite subject was undoubtedly being the water girl for the football team.
Sarah was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 10 years old. This began her health struggles. Her kidneys then failed when she was twenty. She received her first kidney from her brother Ben. Due to a severe rejection episode shortly after the transplant, the kidney lasted only seven years. She then went on dialysis for almost three years while on the transplant list. We are fairly sure that she was the only person on dialysis to graduate from the University of Utah. Dialysis is like a part-time job. She would go at 5 am until 9 am three times a week, and then go to work and school.
Through a series of miracles, she received a new kidney on March 15, 2012, as part of the Paired Donor Exchange Program. Her donor was her sister Liz. She could then have just gone on disability and chilled, but not our Sarah. She felt she had been given a second chance at life, and she was going to make the most of it. She applied to graduate
school, was accepted by Columbia University, and moved to New York City, knowing no one and scaring her parents severely. Those turned out to be some of her best years. She loved New York and explored the neighborhoods and the bakeries on every corner. She learned to walk fast and run up and down subway station stairs without hesitation.
She worked for Columbia’s publishing course, which was held in conjunction with Oxford University in the UK. She traveled there several times and loved having that connection with her British heritage.
She then secured a position with Columbia’s Graduate Student program where she loved her coworkers. One of her many duties there was screening applications for Fulbright Scholarships. She worked there until her passing.
Things Sarah loved: Movies, especially superhero ones, her nieces and nephews, her cat Buddy, chocolate rum cake from Leslie’s Bakery in Utah (one of which her mother and sister hauled through two airports and to New York for her birthday), University of Utah gymnastics (Go Utes!), living in New York, books, traveling to exotic beaches, including Aruba, the Bahamas and Hawaii, her pink Away suitcase, and baking. She was one of the few people in New York who actually used their oven for cooking instead of storage! She was also the only New Yorker to cheer for the Red Sox because her brother and his family lived in Boston!
She is survived by her parents, one grandmother, Norma Jo Jackman, sister Liz and her husband Andrew, their kids AJ (currently serving an LDS mission in Fort Lauderdale, FL), Max and Kate; brother Ben and his wife Jenn, their kids Molly Jo, Claire, Zack, Sammy, Ryelynn and Tavin; brother Tim and his wife Corinne, their kids Tommy, Mags (she refused to call her Margaret, to Sarah she was always Maggie or Mags), and Eleanor. She was also part of a large group of aunts, uncles and cousins, many of whom were her dear friends. She was preceded in death by her two older brothers Tom and Andy, who died in an auto accident in 1999, as well as both grandfathers, one grandmother and two cousins.
“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting.
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come,
From God who is our home.”
Our sincere thanks for all those caregivers who worked so tirelessly to give Sarah comfort and care: Dr. Arsalan Habib and his staff, and the CICU Staff at Intermountain Medical Center. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Murray City Cemetery. They will be followed by a Celebration of Life open house from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT.
In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to donate to the National Kidney Foundation https://www.kidney.org/ or Donor Connect, formerly Intermountain Donor Services https://www.donorconnect.life/get-involved/contribute/ .
We loved Sarah with all our kidneys — and our hearts! Thank you for being part of her life.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)
Murray City Cemetery
Thursday, February 17, 2022
2:30 - 4:30pm (Mountain time)
Cannon Mortuary, Cottonwood Heights, Creek Road, UT, Utah
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