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In Memoriam: Sara Ruth Mettling (Dec. 30, 1982 – Jan. 5, 2024)

Sara Ruth Mettling, 41, of Salem, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2024, in the company of close friends.

Born on Dec. 30, 1982, Sara was a cherished daughter, sister, and friend. Sara’s radiant spirit and unwavering kindness touched everyone she encountered. 

Sara was a sharp-witted businesswoman, a loving cat mom, a talented crafter, and a lover of life. She approached life with enthusiasm and a smile. Her laughter was infectious, and her presence lit up a room.

Sara is survived by by many family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Orchard Shelter in the day use picnic area at Silver Falls State Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Sara’s honor to The Pixie Project cat rescue in Portland, Oregon or The Asher House in Estacada. Oregon.

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