Fairlawn Mortuary


Sarah E. Deree

September 7, 1985October 8, 2021

Sarah E. Deree, 36, of New Bedford, passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Friday, October 8, 2021 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was the beloved fiancé of Antonio “Tony” Rocha of New Bedford. Sarah was the youngest daughter of Nancy (Livesley) Deree and the late Jonathan “John” Deree of Fairhaven.

Sarah worked at Little People’s College in Sconticut Neck Road in Fairhaven. She was passionate about spending time with family and truly dedicated to her two beautiful daughters. Sarah also adored her cats, especially Fluffikins and Trixie. All family holidays were important to her, but Halloween was her all-time favorite. In addition to her mother and fiancé, she is survived by two daughters, Andrea McHenry and Amelia Rocha; sisters, Tracy Brightman and her husband Mike of Acushnet and Karen Duarte of Fall River; two brothers, Kevin Deree and Jason Deree of Fairhaven; six nieces, one nephew and two great nieces.

Her visitation will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 6:00-8:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. ***MASKS ARE REQUIRED!*** In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave. (OV), Boston, MA 02215 or For online tributes:


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Victoria Ferreira

October 13, 2021

I am so saddened to be writing this, I didn’t know you for to long, but in the time that I did, I always said wow what a great teacher she is and you were always fun to talk to . I will never forget the day we played secret Santa and we both had each other’s names and we’re giggling trying to find out who had who, when along it was each other. P.s its still the best gift and long lasting, I will keep this blanket a little closer.

Rest In the Sweetest paradise🤍🙏🤍

Susan Joseph

October 12, 2021

Dear Nancy and family, I’m so so sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. I will always remember her as a sweet, kind first grader. I know there are no words that can express the true sorrow of losing a child /loving family member. Sarah is now flying high with the Angels and her Dad. God Bless Sarah and her family. Susan Joseph

Sarah O'Driscoll

October 12, 2021

It was always fun working with you and Steph. I remember always closing with you in the van room and meeting early before workshops to hang out. You will be missed. Your family is in my prayers ❤

Debbie Potkay

October 12, 2021

Deere Family,
I only knew Sarah for abit but I do know she was a great Mom to Andrea and a good friend to Ryan.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time

Debbie Potkay
New Jersey

Cheryl Silva

October 12, 2021

Sarah was such a beautiful girl. Growing up she was like the little sister I never had. I will always remember our last visit and your long tight hug , the laughs and yes some tears but I got to atleast tell you I love you. I know your Dad is holding you tight right now. Fly high Sarah and watch over your beautiful family. You will be greatly missed! ❤️

Diane Gallant

October 12, 2021

Tracy, Mike and the Brightman girls ... we are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. You all now have another guardian angel to watch over you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending you all warm caring hugs. ❤
Diane & Conrad

Karen Duarte

October 11, 2021

Already miss my kiddo

Kimberly Volunteer of the Dragonfly Project

October 11, 2021

The Dragonfly Story
“In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation, which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.

The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation, which we call death, is no proof that they cease to exist.”
Walter Dudley Cavert


October 11, 2021

So very sorry to Sarah's family and friends.

Susan Parker

October 10, 2021

Please accept Devyns and my deepest sympathy for your loss of Sarah. There are no words to comfort for your family and her children Our thoughts will be with you as you say good by and put your lives back together without her. Reflect in the memories of her life and the love she shared to help your healing always Devyn and Susan