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Sara Udall Henderson, 1954-2016
Sara was the wife of Robert Henderson, '66


Henderson, 62, loved homemaking, helping kids


June 1, 2016

A memorial service for Sara Udall Henderson will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She died peacefully May 22 at her home in Wilson, WY after a long illness. She was 62. Her family provided the following.

Born April 20, 1954, in Merced, California, Sara was the middle of five children of Addison and Ada (Webster) Udall. After graduating from Merced High School in 1972, Sara attended Brigham Young University, earning degrees in nursing and university studies.

At various times in her life Sara worked as an registered nurse in Texas, Utah and Wyoming, but she always said her greatest joy in life was being a mother and homemaker.

Sara wed Noel C. Sullivan in 1975 and became the mother of two sons. Noel died of cancer in 1990. Four years later she met and married Robert E. Henderson, (Sunny Hills, Class of '66) who was the associate conductor of the Utah Symphony at that time.

Sara and Robert moved to Jackson Hole in 1998, where they have enjoyed working and playing in the Tetons. They were avid hikers, skiers, climbers and backpackers. Some of their most memorable trips were through-hikes in the Tetons, the Wind Rivers and the canyons of southern Utah. Sara summited a number of peaks in the Teton, Sierra Nevada, Cascade and Olympic ranges, including the Grand Teton, Mount Whitney, Cathedral Peak, Mount Baker and Mount Olympus.

In 1999 Sara began working as a nurse at St. John’s Living Center and felt her greatest honor was to help care for many longtime valley residents. From 2003 she served in the Outpatient Services Department at St. John’s Medical Center.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an active volunteer in the Jackson 2nd Ward, where most of her service centered on the children’s organization.

Sara is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Noel Udall. She is survived by her husband Robert; two married sons, Mason N. (Sasha Kinens) Sullivan and Andrew J. (Kirsen Brady) Sullivan; her sister, Lee Bennion; two brothers, Marc and Mathew Udall; and a grandson, Sven Sullivan.

Family will receive friends starting at 5 p.m. before today’s 6 p.m. memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations to be made to charities that benefit children and families in need, such as Smile Train, Doctors Without Borders or the LDS Humanitarian Relief Fund.

From Jackson Hole (WY) News and Guide



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