Sara Marie Willen

December 31, 1980January 1, 2019

Sara Marie Willen, age 38, passed away in her sleep January 1, after a brief illness. She is survived by her beloved husband of nine years, Keil Holmstrom, and her adored 3 rescue fur babies. Sara grew-up in Dublin, Ohio and attended college in California and graduated from UNLV. She and her husband are the owners and operators of Soy Delites, LLC, an artisanal candle company based in the Houston ā€“ Austin, Texas area. While in college, Sara started an at home pet care business, Puppy Playpen. Sara cared for all animals, especially those in need, and volunteered for multiple organizations and events throughout her life. She enjoyed reading, especially Celtic folklore and anything by Catherine Feehan. Her hobbies included cooking, travel, dancing, and music. This past summer She, Keil, along with her Mother and Sister traveled throughout Scandinavia. Those memories are even more priceless now.

In addition to her husband, Sara is survived by her mother Diana Willen [Newport, Ky]; her father Gary Willen [Carrollton, Oh]; her mother-in-law, Patricia Holmstrom [Horseheads, NY]; father-in-law Roy Holmstrom [Linda] [Las Vegas, Nevada]; as well as her grandparents Vince and Loraine Pace [Debary, Fla]; Gloria Willen [Malvern, Oh]; and her sister Marieke Bruss [Columbus, Oh]. She was a dear niece of her many aunts and uncles through birth and marriage, as well as her cousins. Her family and friends spread across the US. She is missed tremendously. Her mother-in-law, a quilter, provided quilted patches for thoughts to be included with Sara.

Celebrations of life will be held in multiple places at future dates.

Family and friends are welcome to contribute to a no-kill dog rescue organization in her memory. Pet rescue was a cause dear to her heart. Two suggested organizations are Best Friends Animal Society [organization headquarters in Kanab, Utah] and GRRAND Goldens [organization headquarters in Louisville, Ky], a golden retriever rescue group.


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Sara Marie Willen

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loraine pace

January 17, 2019

Sara you were grand-daughter number 1 and so hard to lose you. Sure you are in a better place,but missed so much. love grandma pace.

Amy Benson

January 9, 2019

Iā€™m so very sorry for your loss Kiel and family. Through my brief interacts with Sara she always came across as a very happy and sweet person. She will be missed by many.

Priya Desai

January 5, 2019

Sara, what a wonderful soul. i will always remember the fun we had coming up with menus ideas for our own fantasy veggie cafes. Your laughter and the way your eyes lit up when you smiled were how I will remember you.

Things that I will forever associate with you
Soy candles, meat allergy, houston zoo, Las Vegas, the melting pot restaurant... and yes STAPLES. I will miss you sweet friend

Jennifer Hall

January 4, 2019


We will always remember you as a sweet, kind neighbor who would help us out in any way. Taking care of our sweet pets "children " while being out of town. We will miss you my sweet friend. We will see you again sweet angel. Keil, we are here for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

Brett & Jen Hall

Fernando Moreno

January 4, 2019


You were one of a kind!! I will always cherish the years I had knowing you! I still remember how much fun you, Keil, and I had at the Zoo that day! I'll also remember all of the gatherings and birthdays we shared together these last few years! You had a great sense of humor!! You and I KNOW that there IS such a thing as a "Kimono Dragon"- even though Keil might disagree! :-) You were such a great person- and a kind hearted soul- and you will be so missed! I will be here for my good friend, Keil though- so don't worry! Until we all meet again -Fernando šŸ™

Amber Ginthet

January 4, 2019

You have my deapest sympathy for you and your families.
I will miss her and our fun times together as a group.