Sarah Ann Zimmerman

Services for Sarah Ann Zimmerman, 30, Seattle, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Inurnment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Sarah, who moved to Seattle from Lawrence in 2015 with her partner, Kathryn Presley, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in an accident as Sarah hiked in Wallace Falls State Park, east of Seattle.

She was born February 24, 1988, in Lawrence, the daughter of Alan Zimmerman and Caroline Trowbridge. She attended Cordley Elementary School, where she met Kathryn, Central Junior High and Lawrence High School, where she was active in the theater department. For a year, she attended the University of Kansas. She then worked at Java Break, Hastings Books and Music and the Merc. After moving to Washington, Sarah enrolled in Edmonds Community College, where she was studying computer engineering, preparing to transfer to the University of Washington.

She loved hiking, cooking, playing the keyboard, traveling, reading, and she recently had taken up drawing. She was a thoughtful, fair-minded, loyal, bright, articulate and fiercely independent young woman who loved her family and friends, and especially Kathryn. Sarah, who had a caring spirit, also had a quick sense of humor and appreciated hearing a good story. For many years she was “the rose lady” at the St. Louis Renaissance Festival.

Survivors include her parents, Alan and Caroline of Lawrence; her partner, Kathryn of Seattle; her uncle, David Trowbridge of Wilson; her cousin, Erin Blocher of Kansas City, Mo., and Kathryn’s parents, Erin Nix, of Lawrence, and James Presley of Sedan. Sarah’s grandparents — Bob and Barbara Zimmerman, and Don and Josephine Trowbridge — and her aunt, Rebecca Blocher, preceded her in death.

The family will greet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Lawrence Schools Foundation for a scholarship for Lawrence High School theater students pursuing any field of education, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, 66044.

39 Condolences

  1. Chad Lawhorn on April 26, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I am so terribly sorry to hear this. Please know that you and Alan are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Tom Christie on April 27, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Caroline and Alan,,
    I am so sorry to hear about Sarah. She was one of my favorite students at Cordley. She always had a smile on her face and you had to watch out because even then she had a sense of humor that, if you weren’t careful, would catch you off guard. She was caring and compassionate to everyone and she will always have a special place in my heart. You’re all in my thoughts.

  3. Kendra Jones on April 27, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Caroline and Alan, so sorry to hear of your loss. Sarah was a wonderful, caring person. There aren’t enough words to describe her. She truly had a heart of gold. Prayers for you. She will be missed. Sincerely Kendra Jones

  4. Sarah St. John on April 27, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Alan and Caroline,

    I am so sorry to learn of your loss. My heart aches for you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  5. Shaun Hittle on April 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Caroline and Alan,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. You both will be in my thoughts.

  6. Kathleen A Schweitzberger on April 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm


    I am so sorry to hear this news. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy Schweitzberger

  7. Mary Beasley on April 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sarah was in my 3rd grade class and I remember her as such a sweet and caring student with a good sense of humor! She was a joy to teach! You will be in my prayers.
    Mary Beasley

  8. Theresa Schmidt on April 27, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Alan and Caroline, Our hearts are so sad for your loss. I remember Sarah when she was a little girl at Cordley, always a happy child. There are no words to say to let you both know we will keep you in our thoughts and will always have memories of your daughter as a young girl. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
    Theresa Schmidt, Eric Felton and family

  9. Jan Hurst on April 27, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    There is no greater heartache than that of losing a child or grandchild. Sarah was such a special child, always smiling. Loved seeing her every day at Cordley and visiting with her grandmother. My love and thoughts are with you all.

  10. Kenna Tait on April 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Caroline & Alan,,
    I am so sad to hear of sweet Sarah’s passing, she was a joy to be around. I hope you find peace and comfort in all your special memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Stanley H. Ross on April 28, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Caroline and Alan:
    May God bless you at this time of heartache and sadness. Sarah will always be remembered by our family as Lucas’ friend and classmate, and my May flower girl, that always made me smile thru the years. She was her grandparents companion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Thomasine, Stan, Aaron, Lucas

  12. Jeanne Hand Whitefield on April 28, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Alan, I don’t have the words to express to you how sorry I am for you and your family. I am heartbroken for you. I am praying for you and you family. In so very very sorry.

  13. D.D.WILLIAMSON aka: "Guitar Dave" on April 28, 2018 at 8:06 am

    This young lady served me coffee and snacks when i’d take my breaks from busking on Mass. St. with my guitar… she was always considerate and kind, despite my low station. For those who knew and loved Her, i am so sorry for your loss.

  14. "GUITAR DAVE" on April 28, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This young lady served me coffee and snacks when i’d take my breaks from busking on Mass. St. with my guitar… she was always considerate and kind, despite my low station. For those who knew and loved Her, i am so sorry for your loss.

  15. marge and richard mckittrick on April 28, 2018 at 9:01 am

    caroline and alan

    we are so sorry for you both. our hearts aches for you. you are in our prayers.

  16. Danielle (Marsico) Hanna on April 28, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing woman. Sarah was the kindest, smartest, most talented woman I have ever known. I have so many wonderful memories of her, and I know there are many people who do too. She made such an impact on the people she met, and we are thankful for her.

  17. Daniel Lassman on April 28, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I went to Cordley with Sarah (one year behind her) and reconnected with her when I worked at the Merc for about a year back in 2014. In a job which could be fast-paced and hectic, Sarah brought a sense of calm and clarity with her matter-of-fact attitude and great sense of humor. She helped train me on every single aspect of my job and was always around to offer tips on how to work in a balanced way.

    I also remember all the essential life advice she gave me. That I should make sure to listen to others more before carrying out a plan. That I should focus on the task at hand and set aside my own ideas till after. That I should space energy throughout a day, so that I have enough at any time to do well. She also gave me the encouragement I needed to put energy into applying to grad schools and not get discouraged by rejections. Her support helped me eventually get into grad school in Madison, WI where I’m studying. We had many conversations about each of our futures and I remember being so excited when I found out she was moving to Seattle. I know they were lucky to have her in the few years she was up there.

    This really hurts in every possible way. I’m happy that Sarah impacted this community in so many positive ways and that those impacts will last into the future. They’re the types of impacts that inspire me to be a better community member every day.

  18. Donna on April 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Caroline, Alan and family,
    Jim & I send our love and embrace you in our prayers at this time of unimaginable loss and grief. May the presence of family and friends sustain and support you in the days ahead. – Donna & Jim Flory

  19. Pamela Ward on April 29, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Alan and Caroline, I am so deeply sorry for your loss and can not imagine the pain that you both are enduring. May God’s loving arms surround you and hold you during these troubling times. Pam Ward

  20. Mary Higgins on April 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Caroline. I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  21. Sue and Tom Lorenz on May 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Alan and Caroline,
    Our hearts go out to you for the loss of Sarah, who responded to others with care, wisdom, a beautiful smile, humor and kindness. Our sincere condolences to you in this very difficult time.

  22. Janella Williams on May 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet daughter. I am praying for you and your family.

  23. Sheryl Henry on May 1, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Caroline and Alan,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers and love go out to you during this hard time.
    Rodger and Sheryl Henry

  24. Lanell Finneran on May 2, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Carolyn and Allen:
    Although I did not know Sarah, I have a vivid memory of you pushing her in a stroller at the Maple Leaf Festival when she was young – a beautiful little girl with lots of curly hair and a very proud mom! Peace to you both.

  25. Mary Demeritt Gordon on May 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Caroline and Alan-

    I can only imagine the heartbreak that you are feeling at the loss of your beautiful daughter. You are in my prayers. Love, Mary Gordon

  26. Connie Putthoff on May 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    So very very sorry to hear of you great loss Caroline nothing I can say that will make it any easier but know that I am thinking of you

  27. Liz Thielen on May 3, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Ootie (Carolyn) and family… This is Liz Laubhan now Thielen
    Wanting you to know my heart is with you. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Your daughter sounds amazing ! Why wouldn’t she? She was yours! I’m on FB if u want to get in touch. ❤️❤️❤️

  28. Ric Averill on May 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Sarah was smart, bright and compassionate. I loved the many discussions at SYT where Sarah shared quiet & compassionate truth. I have been watching a clip Sarah Bezek put on YouTube of Allan A’Dale and it is a joy to see Sarah and all that crew dancing with freedom and abandon. Jeanne and I mourn your loss.

  29. Mary Dooley on May 6, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Alan and Caroline,
    So very sad to hear of this tragic loss. Sarah was a good friend to my daughter, Claire, at Cordley at a time when Claire was struggling. I was so pleased when they became friends since Sarah was so bright and compassionate and made a difference in my daughter’s life. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

  30. Matt Tait on May 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Hard to find the right words here, so just know that a ton of love and light is being sent your way from this old friend… I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  31. Mick Lowe on May 10, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Caroline, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I didn’t know Sarah, from the story of her life and the remarks from those whose lives intertwined with hers, she must have been a wonderful person that brought such joy to others. Condolences to you and your family.

  32. Kim Murphree on May 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Caroline abd,Alan,

    So sorry to here if your loss. You are in my prayers.

  33. Mary and Barry on May 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Ootie and Alan,
    I know Sarah was the light of your life. Know that you are now embraced with love during this most difficult time. May her memories always be a blessing to you.

    Mary and Barry

  34. Debbie Snyder on May 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  35. Joe on May 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    My heart is so broken to read this . I can’t imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers go for you daily. What ever I can do, let me know. Joe

  36. Bev Hyde on May 13, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Caroline and Alan,

    I am so sorry to hear about Sarah. I had her in second grade and remember her well. She was sweet and caring. A wonderful student and person. I remember her sense of humor and hearing about her travels to Ireland.
    So sorry for the heartache this brings.

    Bev Hyde

  37. Kevin Mills on May 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Dear Caroline & Family – I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your daughter Sarah. There is no way to imagine your grief at this time. I hope the memories you cherish of her life and love will bring solace to you someday.
    Kevin Mills

  38. Debbie (Nuss) Warber Mason, Kimbra and Jeremiah on June 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Caroline and Allen, I just learned of your terrible loss from Denise. I cannot comprehend the loss. But want you to know that My kids and I remember Sarah fondly. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  39. Beth Wasson on February 15, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Dear Caroline,
    Just home from the Dems event downtown.
    I was pretty sure Paul and I knew your beautiful daughter. Paul remembers Sarah and maybe she participated in History Day. Our daughter Liz also hung out at the Arts Center and theater. Hugs and understanding.
    Good to see you tonight.

Leave a Condolence