Sara Frances Brawley

September 19, 1967December 1, 2011

Sara Frances Brawley was born in the small town of Rioverde, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on September 19th, 1967. She was the second daughter of Jane and Robert Brawley and the little sister of Anna. She made many friends while growing up in South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in Memphis, TN, where she graduated from White Station High School in 1985. She found more friends at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, which she chose in part because she wanted to major in Zoology, and Butler offered that. In the end, she changed her major and earned the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, instead of Zoology—but she remained a diehard Bulldog fan for the rest of her life! She explored even more of the US after she finished college, living in Indianapolis, Tucson, AZ, San Francisco, CA, and Chicago, IL. In 1994, she settled in Denver, CO, where she made even more friends and worked as a Commercial Leasing Manager until her death after a brief illness on December 1, 2011.

While growing up, she also enjoyed playing with her cousins, Amy and Katherine Alter, Jenny, Becky, Harriet and John Brawley; and David, Paul, Chris and Elaine Sanders. In Denver, Sara found a home with Jennifer Shaw and her three children, Carl, Mary, and Ben Hazsnos. Sara remained in a loving and supportive partnership with Jennifer for nearly ten years, and she continued to be a second mom to Carl, Mary, and Ben even after she and Jennifer decided to change the nature of their relationship. In 2005, she entered into and remained in a loving partnership with Diane Zidek, originally of Baltimore, MD. Diane loved, supported, and sustained Sara during their time together, most especially during her last brief illness.

Undoubtedly Sara’s greatest gift, love, and pursuit was music, which she enthusiastically and willingly shared with others from an early age. She got her first guitar when she was 8 years old and taught herself to play it. Although she also took piano lessons and played the clarinet and drums, the guitar was her primary instrument, which she mastered with proficiency, gaining greater and greater skill over the years. She had an incredible ear and often heard musical nuances that others missed. She and her cousin, Chris Sanders, began playing shows for the family when they were kids, and as an adult, she played in several incarnations of a band that made a few professional appearances. Her dream was to organize an all-female band, and she loved going to concerts and listening to other bands, as well.

Sara also had a great love and compassion for animals. In addition to raising two birds, Snowball and Kate, at age 11, Sara got a German Shepherd whom she named Max, who was a loyal companion for 13 years. She also shared custody of two cats, Cindy and Button, with her sister and cared devotedly for cats in her Denver households, Sydney, Jam, and Klinger. In her high school years, she was a volunteer at the Memphis Zoo, where she assisted in the care of animals, including a baby gorilla.

Sara was keenly attuned to issues of peace and justice. She opposed war and military force, promoted and lived anti-racism and fought for equality in civil and economic rights, especially for GLBTQ persons. Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Hampden Mortuary & Cemetery, Denver, CO.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • Life Celebration Sunday, December 4, 2011

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Christopher Lyke

November 30, 2017

Dear family and friends of Sara's, since her passing I have continued to think about Sara and to mourn her loss as well as to be disappointed in my words at her memorial service, for which I was unprepared. But tonight I have stumbled upon a quote which at last expresses well my feelings for Sara, and in looking for a place to post this message I am astounded to realize that tomorrow is the anniversary of her death. I would like to remember Sara with a quote From Yehuda HaLevi which you can read at

Michael Quinn

January 27, 2012

Dear Mr&Mrs Brawley and Anna
I am truly shocked and saddened by the news of Sara's passing. My prayers will be with you all during this season of grieving.

Gordon Zerkel

December 22, 2011

There are no words. There can be no greater grief. May God's love surround you and keep you.

Doug Darnall

December 19, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Thomas Jaber

December 19, 2011

Sending Love and Sympathy To Robert and Jane and Anna...Sincerely, Tom and Andrea Jaber - Sugar Land, Texas

Michael Bachmann

December 9, 2011

Liebe Jane, lieber Robert,

eben bekam ich eine mail von Bill Campbell, der mir vom Tod Eurer juengsten Tochter, Sara, berichtete. Wie furchtbar - und das offenkundig im Zusammenhang mit einer Grippe.
Ihr habt Ursulas und mein tiefstes Mitgefuehl!
Aber das hilft natuerlich auch nicht wirklich. Ob die biblischen Hoffnungsimpulse (wie Rom 8, 35-39 und 1Cor 15,bes. V. 2) im Augenblick troesten koennen?
Wir hoffen und wuenschen Euch, dass Ihr nicht zusammenbrechen muesst.

Von Herzen
Eure Ursula und Michael

Ann Werner

December 7, 2011

My deepest condolences to Diane, Jane, Robert and Anna.


December 7, 2011

Dearest Diane,
I was so sad to here of the passing your Dear Sara. May you find peace in this most difficult time. I know Sara was a true soul mate for you. I will always have you in my prayers.

your friend -

Kara Yaeger

December 7, 2011

I just learned of Sara's untimely passing~ my heart aches for the family. Sara was one of my saving graces at Butler in the 80's. Although we lost touch over the years, my memories and photo's of Sara have and will always bring a smile and provide fond memories. Heartfelt condolensces to the entire family~

December 7, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Sara many years ago at White Station. I will keep her loved ones in my prayers in the days to come. Hoping you find peace.

Shawn Ingram Jones WSHS 1985