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Sarah (Sally) Jane Flanagan

Posted 2013-05-22 by Sharla
The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona,
June 29, 2006

Sarah (Sally) Jane Flanagan passed away on Monday morning, June 26, 2006, at the Hospice of the Valley at Friendship Village. She had battled a very rare form of cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), for 7 years.

Sarah worked for the City of Tempe and for several years in the Dance Department at Arizona State University.

She leaves behind her husband, Jim, and two sons, Jim and Dusty. Jim and his wife Melinda live in Gilbert, Arizona and have three children - Tyler, Briana, and Sarah. Sarah was named after her grandmother. Dusty and his wife, Deborah, live in Ft. Lupton, Colorado and have a daughter, Haley.

Several days ago, when Sarah was still with us, the nurse came into her room to give her morphine. The nurse asked Sarah where she wanted to receive the morphine, under her tongue, on either side of her mouth, or did it matter. Sarah looked at her and very, very slowly raised her hand which was shaky, and extended her index finger. She moved her hand ever so slowly towards her face and then stopped. She then moved her hand up towards the nurse and put her finger on the nurse's lips. When the nurse saw the humor she laughed out loud and leaned down and gave Sarah a kiss.

Sarah's strength came from her love of family and it inspires all of us.

A brief service to recognize Sarah's life will be held at the Sun Valley Community Church, 456 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296 on Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 10 AM. For those who are unable to attend, but want to recognize Sarah's life you are urged to make a contribution to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) 55 Kenosia Ave. PO Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813.

Donations may also be made to NORD in lieu of flowers. NORD is working to find a treatment for many rare diseases including ACC. Services entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home.

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 29, 2006

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