Sarah Bethany Saponara

September 27, 1999February 17, 2021

Sarah Bethany Saponara, 21, of Ashland, VA, left this world too soon on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 after losing a battle with her mental well-being and substance abuse disorder. She was born on September 27th, 1999 to Patricia Reagan and Michael Saponara in Hagerstown, MD. She was our beloved daughter and sister as well as a shining light to so many friends.

Sarah graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 2017 and completed two years as a student at Randolph-Macon College. She was a true force of nature and had a lasting impact on every life she touched. Sarah will always be remembered for her charismatic personality: from her musical talent, to her ability to light up a room, to her passion and compassion for others, and her electric influence over everyone with whom she interacted. She illuminated the stage and field in band and brightened people’s lives with her powerful voice, dimpled smile, and contagious laughter as evidenced by her being voted senior class clown.

As a member and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community, Sarah had a gift for teaching all types of people acceptance wherever she went. These lessons went a long way—she was voted the first openly gay homecoming princess. She was always the life of the party and was known for pulling out her guitar and bringing people together, although she could also play over 17 other instruments. Sarah also had a passion for creating awesome foods in the kitchen. She loved attending outdoor adventures with the Blue Sky Fund and Camp Sandy Cove. Sarah found a new friend in every room she entered, and she taught people to be comfortable being themselves. Her family and friends will miss the love she shared with them through her personality, food, music and laughter. She was epic. Her absence will be sorely felt.

Tricia, Sarah’s loving mom, raised her alongside her siblings Liliana Reagan and Miles Lucier in Ashland, VA. She is also survived by her father, Mike, stepmother, Tina Saponara, and sister, Annalisa Saponara, who reside in Hagerstown, Maryland. She is survived by maternal grandparents, Dianne Justis and Michael Reagan, aunts and uncles Michael Reagan Jr., Toni Reagan Turnbaugh, Shawn Reagan, Richard Joseph Wagner, and Erin Reagan Lundvall and many cousins. Sarah is also survived by so many friends who considered her family. She is predeceased by her uncle, Brion Reagan.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 2-4 and 6-8 at Nelsen Funeral Home in Ashland, VA. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 7th at Poor Farm Park. In lieu of flowers please donate to a non-profit organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community, mental-health support services, or substance abuse disorders such as The Trevor Foundation, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, or The Jed Foundation.


28 February


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nelsen Funeral Home - Ashland

412 S. Washington Hwy.
Ashland, VA

28 February


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nelsen Funeral Home - Ashland

412 S. Washington Hwy.
Ashland, VA 23005

7 March

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Poor Farm Park


Sarah Bethany Saponara

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Melody Walthour

February 25, 2021

I worked with Sarah at Cracker Barrel and she was the most warm, friendly person I have ever met...always making me laugh to put a smile on my face...she will be deeply missed ..prayers of comfort to the family.

Jenny Reagan

February 24, 2021

Sarah was such a big part of the Reagan family and will always be greatly missed. Uncle Tom and I are so sorry she lost her inner struggle. Hopefully she now rests in peace and knows how much she was loved by all.

I will always reflect on how talented she was in her love of music. Such an amazing voice! She was a loving big sister and meant the world to her family.

May God bless you with comfort and the blessings of sweet memories at such a difficult time.

Love, Aunt Jenny & Uncle Tom Reagan

James Kegley

February 23, 2021

Sarah was always smiling and making people laugh. I remember how she was so talented at playing the saxophone and singing. She truly was a bright light to everyone that knew her! May God comfort her family and friends in the days, weeks, and months to come! Rest in eternal peace Sarah! You will never be forgotten!

- James Kegley (Classmate of Patrick Henry Class of 2017)

Jusy Orebaugh

February 22, 2021

I met Sarah when my daughter Lindsay moved into her apartment downtown Richmond. Sarah jumped in to help us and was soo sweet to Lindsay. They became friends so quickly because of their kindness to each other. I am so sorry for Sarah’s family as they grieve such an enormous loss. My prayers go out to you. The heavens opened up to receive another angel.

Melissa Robinson

February 22, 2021

I worked with Sarah at Cracker Barrel and I can say she was one of the most opened minded person I've met. Such a sweet soul. Rest In Peace ❤️

Latisha Waller

February 22, 2021

She was a nice and friendly person she was lovable and funny rest in peace baby girl sarah