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Sarah B. Spurlin

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DEKALB – Sarah B. Spurlin, 66, of DeKalb, died Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich after a long illness.

Sarah was born Jan. 14, 1948, in Amboy, the daughter of Orval and Isabel (Dole) Spurlin. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Illinois State University, and a Master of Science degree in education from Northern Illinois University. She taught autistic children for several years. Her passions in life included a love of all animals, especially her beloved cats, and watching the many birds at her numerous bird feeders. Sarah loved listening to music, and particularly enjoyed the Barb City Stompers of DeKalb.

As an avid writer, Sarah wrote a book titled “The Improvised Force, Life After a Long Coma,” which told of her journey to her new normal after her recovery from a life-changing accident. She was an expert furniture refinisher, and was surrounded with many of her beautiful antique pieces. Travel was another love. A highlight for Sarah was a trip on the Colorado River with her cousins, Ed and John.

Sarah is survived by her sister, Susan (Charles) Kerr of Dixon; a nephew, Stewart Kerr of Palatine; and cousins, Ed (Sue) Dole of Seymour and John (Peggy) Dole of Mesa, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A gathering of family and friends will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Tails Humane Society in DeKalb and Granny Rose Animal Shelter in Dixon.

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