Sarah Beth Nelson
(1970 - 2014)

Sarah Beth Nelson

MO, United States of America
January 26, 1970

NY, United States of America
December 27, 2014


“I want everyone to gather together to celebrate my life with laughter and joy. I want my friends and family to think “New Orleans Style Parade” and make an event of it. I want music from my good friends band “The Hot Sardines”. Let’s do it online so no matter where someone lives, they can stop and take a moment to participate. I want a place where all my loved ones can post pictures, tell stories, and share memories with each other about how I was a part of their life. You know… my life… it may end up being shorter than I expected…. but I pretty much think I did most everything I needed to. ”

- Sarah Beth Nelson to Kelly Nelson Behrmann - October 2014

So, we gather here to fulfill Sarah’s request…in an interactive memorial service. Sarah was a dynamic, multifaceted individual. Each one of us has a unique outlook and perspective into what made Sarah whole. Not one of us can tell the story alone, only united can we piece together the complex layers that intertwined the daughter, sister, aunt, coworker, relative and friend. As Sarah envisioned, take a seat with your favorite beverage, enjoy the video montage of Sarah’s life in pictures, sign the guest book, and share your own photos and memories. Together, we will “Celebrate the Life” of Sarah Beth Nelson.

What can I tell you as her sister? I can tell you that Sarah was one of the funniest people I have ever known. Her quick wit amazed me. She could make me laugh till I would cry. We were never afraid to act ridiculous if it meant making someone laugh. One of my favorite memories ever with my sister was in the Summer of 2008 at our Lake House in Ohio. We had such great neighbors and fun times there. One yearly tradition was the "No Talent Talent Show"...the crazier the act the better... Sarah and I put on this hilarious skit flashing forward to us both being in our 80's, living together in a nursing home. We had grapefruits and oranges in our bras and pillows stuffed in our booty, and in the middle of the skit, we broke out into a crazy geriatric dance routine to "apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur"… Complete with the "bend, and snap", shimmies, jazz hands, and probably twerking before it was even invented. Big laughs, big fun with the big sister. It’s what we did best.

Sarah and I shared the love of a few things you might not expect…we both love McDonald’s…Sarah loved an “eggamuffin”. Both of us are obsessed with ice – the more in the cup the better, and our family motto stands as “nothing can ever have too much butter”! We both devoured home decorating and fashion magazines…and we both had the exact same habit of tearing out the interesting pages, and folding them the same way. Sarah and I learned a love of remodeling and using tools from our Dad. Sarah and I could talk power tools like most girls talk about clothes! “Measure twice, cut once”. Sarah inherited an enviable sense of artistic style and love of interior design from our Mom. Sarah loved sharing home decorating projects and ideas with her. Sarah was a fan of HGTV and always dreamed of hosting her own remodeling TV show.

Sarah was a giver, always concerned for others. Countless times I saw her buy food for a homeless person, or take items to donate, or volunteer for a charity event. Sarah gave me an amazing gift, the gift of time. Time to be the big sister for a final few months. Time to just hold her hand or brush her hair. Time to say I love you. Time to share thoughts and dreams; hopes and fears. Time to merely listen. One day, I asked her “if there was only one thing from your whole apartment that I could keep, what would you have me take?” Sarah thought for a moment, and then answered, “Nana’s bible”, “Really?, why that?” I asked… “because family is everything” she answered. We then shared many memories of our grandparents. Both sets lived on farms and we enjoyed so much time there as children with our “all girl” cousins. And of course Sarah loved to talk about her nieces, Bailey and Brogan, who she adored.

But, if you ask me, I think that perhaps Sarah’s most prized possession was not a physical item, but the friendships she made. Sarah had a certain magnetic quality that drew people in…whether you met her for 5 minutes, or knew her for 5 years…the impact was lasting. I spent countless hours at Sarah’s bedside over the last few months and her favorite thing to do was recount fond memories she had shared with friends. I heard stories of chance encounters - Sarah meeting someone while standing in line for a sample sale, at a concert in a park, or on a shuttle to the airport - and then remaining in contact for years. Hilarious tales of adventures on set with fellow actors, fun times out with the girls in NYC, antics from college and grad school, and beautifully picturesque descriptions of travels abroad. You, her friends, left an eternal mark on her heart.

There are many unanswered questions as to how and why this illness so aggressively took hold. We may never know the answers, but we can take comfort in knowing that Sarah dealt with her illness on her own terms, remaining extremely private, choosing to only have close family and friends for support. My Mom, Dad and I rotated in shifts to NYC over the past several months to ensure Sarah always had one of us there to assist her. From ICU, to rehab, to hospice, our family cherished spending time with Sarah in the city that she loved, and Sarah loved having us there. We will always be a family.

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Guest Book (67 entries)
I met Sarah on the set of "100 Center Street" when I was working for the production as an associate casting director for background talent. She was one of our go-to stand-ins. She was such a wonderful person and I am very sad to hear of her passing. May she Rest In Peace.
Serena Rosario-Stanley
October 22nd, 2016
Sending my condolences your way as you and your family try to cope during these hard times. Death is something never easy to deal with. It leaves hearts heavy filled with pain and sadness. But you can get comfort and a hope for the future. By means of God's word the Bible. In it we find his promises that soon he will rid the earth of death and its painful effects forever. Be of good cheer to know that soon your dead loved one will arise again.
Chevelle Busby
March 2nd, 2015
Such a touching tribute, written with so much love. She is remembered with fondness, for her beautiful smile, grace and warmth. My heart and thoughts are with you John, Sue and Kelly.
Darlin Barry (friend)
March 1st, 2015
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl!
Michele Foster (Friend of Family)
February 9th, 2015
I first met Sarah Beth at a New York Cares volunteer project. She was just such a happy person and full of life. Such a shock & great sorrow to loose her. I'm honored to have known her!
Evelyn Chang (Friend)
February 7th, 2015
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"" Such a Beautiful Memorial for a Beautiful Lady. Our Deepest Sympathy." bill and Sandy Wolfe"
Bill & Sandy Wolfe
February 1st, 2015
"Grief never ends But changes,Its a passage not a place to stay.Grief is not a sign of weakness,nor a lack of faith It is the price of love."
Ken & Lorayne Goodfellow
February 1st, 2015
"You were such a bright light, dear Sarah Beth. I will always carry the memory of your glow and be grateful you shared it with me. Shine on sweet soul."
Jeanine Flynn
January 27th, 2015
"Sarah Beth was a bright light that we all learned a lot from. I will never forget her. Wherever she is, I hope she knows she is very loved."
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
January 26th, 2015
"Beautiful memorial to a beautiful, vivacious woman. My deepest condolences."
January 26th, 2015


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