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Sarah R. Grimmius

Sarah R. Grimmius

Sarah Renee Grimmius, 36, passed away unexpectedly in Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Born December 20, 1976, in Bloomfield, Iowa, she was the beloved daughter of Earl and Mary Lee (Speer) Aylward. The family moved from Memphis, Missouri, to Jackson, in September of 1986. Sarah attended Jackson Public Schools and graduated from Jackson High School in 1995. She attended Mankato State University.

Sarah married Tony Grimmius on April 7, 2001, and to this union two children were born. Hailey and Kasey were her greatest gifts from the Lord and the joy of her life. She called Hailey her beautiful princess and Kasey her handsome prince. She loved them dearly. Her home was decorated with their artwork and pictures.

Sarah was a member of the Worthington Christian Church having been baptized at a young age by her father. Growing up in the church, she participated in Sunday School and Church, VBS, Bible Bowl, and she especially enjoyed the Great Escape Youth events at Pine Haven Christian Assembly. When Sarah was in Middle School she entered a contest and won a trip to Austria. She spent a couple of weeks there. As a teenager she worked at Hardees, Santee and Flower Market. She moved to the Twin Cities area in 1997 and worked at Carlson Marketing Group and Treasures Island Childrens Store. Sarah moved back to Jackson in 2007. She worked for a time at Accent.

Sarah was a great artist and enjoyed drawing and sketching. She had learned to knit and made hats, scarves and purses for herself and her family. She collected monkeys and frogs. Some of the things she enjoyed, besides spending time with her family and friends, were her mothers cooking, a good, strong cup of coffee, her Diet Coke and sharing her dads heart medicine (dark chocolate covered almonds). Her favorite color was blue. Sarah had a kind heart and felt the need to rescue any person or animal that needed her. A few months ago she was asked if she could accomplish a great thing what it would be. She said she would like to start a church for those who suffered from similar struggles as she had, where they would not feel judged, but accepted and ministered to. She had attended such a church for a few months and it was a blessing to her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Hailey and Kasey Grimmius of Jackson; her parents, Earl and Mary Lee Aylward of Jackson; her sister, Emily White and husband Jared of Maple Grove; two nephews, Nicholas and Aaron White; one niece, Hannah White; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Stephen; her paternal grandparents, Lee and Marjorie Aylward; her maternal grandparents, Dee and LaVonne Speer; and two cousins, Jim West and Brian Kirby.

She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.

Blessed be the memory of Sarah Renee Grimmius.