Sarah L. Stookey
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Sarah L. Stookey of Vancouver, WA, died October 30, 2019 after a short bout with cancer. She was 77 years old. Born in Columbia, MO, Sarah grew up in Portales, New Mexico.
She attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music Education.
Sarah taught music and band in Norwalk-LA Mirada Schools, in California, returning to OU in 1968 receiving a Masters Degree in Journalism.
She worked in the Wyoming State Health Division as a media relations representative, where she met life partner and future wife, Jan Miner.
Her next adventure was with the Centers for Disease Control, as an immunization program representative, assigned to the state of Wyoming. CDC then transferred her to the Pima Co. Health Department in Tucson, AZ, again as an immunization representative.
In 1977, she arrived in Portland, OR assigned to the Oregon State Health Division where she helped coordinate the state immunization program. During this time, Sarah and the CDC came to an agreement regarding her position and employment. She became the first woman CDC hired as a state immunization representative, recognizing her previous 8 years having the same responsibilities as her male counter parts, but not receiving the same employment status or recognition. Upon reaching this agreement, she left the CDC to attend Law School at Lewis and Clark College, receiving her Juris Doctorate. She practiced law, specializing in family and elder law in Vancouver, WA for over 20 years. Sarah loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and had some amazing adventures during her life.
She is survived by her wife, Jan Miner; and her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marilyn Stookey.
A remembrance gathering will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made in Sarah’s name to the Human Rights Campaign.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 19, 2020.
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February 12, 2020
Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. Kris Krohn
Kris Krohn
January 24, 2020
I just heard of Sarah's passing, I am so sorry for your loss. Sarah was such a gift to our community, helping families who had children with developmental disabilities for years. She was the go to person for guardianships, wills and trust funds, and she always made it affordable for the family. She took a difficult time and helped families through it. I will be forever grateful to her and all she did to help so many.
January 19, 2020
Sarah is an unbelievably dear friend that we are, and will forever be, grateful to have known and been friends with. Her wife Jan is just as dear to us.
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