Sarah Elizabeth MacIsaac

March 23, 1982March 8, 2020
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Sarah Elizabeth MacIsaac, 37, a lifelong resident of Lynn, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, March 8th following a brief illness. Sarah was the beloved daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Giarla) MacIsaac.

Sarah was a vibrant presence in the Lynn community, being honored as one of the “Faces of Lynn” in June 2019. She thrived with positivity and an amazing spirit while living with Muscular Dystrophy and was a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. For years, Sarah mentored other young people with mobility and health challenges. She was active with the Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Foundation and was previously honored for her service to those with disabilities by the “America’s Promise” organization. She was privileged to participate in a Washington gala attended by high-ranking political and military officials on behalf of those with disabilities.

She was passionate about the Arts, regularly writing, painting and attending museums and musical theater. Art, music of all kinds, dancing, family time and her strong faith were lifelines for Sarah. She enjoyed every minute spent creating, celebrating with loved ones, or deepening her love of God and the Holy Spirit. Sarah was a successful entrepreneur as well and cherished her work as an independent consultant for Tastefully Simple. She lovingly referred to herself as the “ultimate foodie,” regularly sharing livestreaming cooking sessions and tips on her Tastefully Simple Facebook page. Sarah never allowed her disability to slow her down. She lived a life of gratitude, journaling regularly about the Blessings bestowed upon her. She loved the outdoors and lots of sunshine, volunteering for years as a greeter at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. At Breakheart, she found peace, joy and solitude in the beauty surrounding her. She also enjoyed public speaking and was an active member of St. Pius V Parish, where she served as a lector, taught religious education and participated in the parish’s prayer group. Sarah was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and served in many organizations that empower women in business.

Sarah loved children and was especially proud of the loves of her life, her nieces Dorothy Rose Parker, 10 and Georgia Marie Parker, 6 and her nephew, Olin Griffith Parker, 8, all of Louisiana. She also leaves behind her loving sister Rachael MacIsaac Parker and her husband Olin Grant Parker of Louisiana, her adoring brother Robert Giarla MacIsaac of Lynn, Godparents Neil and Sheila MacIsaac of Byfield, Goddaughter Catherine Rose Kalogeros of Georgetown, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Sarah was predeceased by her grandparents, Johan Marie and Peter Lawrence MacIsaac of Lynn and Dorothy Agnes and Robert Louis Giarla of Nahant.

Sarah believed deeply in the power of positivity. In her honor, her family is requesting those who loved her to spread her love through acts of kindness. The family also requests that funeral attendees dress in vibrant colors to honor Sarah’s vibrant life and spirit.

Family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home in Lynn, MA. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2020 at St. Pius V Church in Lynn, MA. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Contributions can be made in Sarah’s memory to Centerboard, an organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of Lynn residents. Visit them at www.


  • Visiting Hours

    Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, March 14, 2020


Sarah Elizabeth MacIsaac

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Terri Lund

May 29, 2020

Sarah was a beautiful soul wise beyond her very young years. I knew from the moment we connected, she was an angel. She was always smiling and spreading joy everywhere. I never ceased to marvel at her wit and wisdom. She was a terrific writer and accomplished far more than most of us will ever accomplish in a lifetime. She truly lived a life well lived. I'm extremely grateful to have been her friend. I know when I look up in the skies and see a sparkling star, that is my dear friend Sarah twinkling from above.

Maureen Sliney

April 9, 2020

Sarah was one word....LOVE.Blessed am I to have crossed her life path.

Meli Horowitz

March 23, 2020

Sarah was a member of a group of women I met on the internet, several years ago, sharing our businesses with one another. I enjoyed how positive and thoughtful Sarah was.

I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

There is something I remember being mentioned to me during an especially difficult period after my mother passed. At the time I felt it was helpful. Perhaps it will be for others who knew and loved Sarah.

" To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die."

Lisa Flint

March 17, 2020

I was in att & group with Sarah. She was so much fun. she had fun with my best friend @ att. i will miss u forever! she gave masses when my best friend died & that meant everything to me!'
I love you Sarah

Kathy Hanson

March 13, 2020

I just want to share my heartfelt condolences to all of Sarah's family. I am a member of St Pius V church and know Sarah by her family and her involvement at church. I have always been impressed by Sarah's interactivity, independence, and intelligence as well as just being a lovely person to talk to.
I regret that I will not attend the services due to the threat of the virus. My prayers, love and peace go to Sarah and her family.

Maria Caniglia

March 13, 2020

rest in peace

Jim & Rose Corrigan

March 12, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences for the passing of Sarah. May you take comfort in knowing that there is one more angel above us.

We'll miss seeing her at St. Pius V Church. I still remember the first day we've met Sarah about 16 years ago when we've formed the Social Committee at St. Pius V with the lead of Sister Kathleen (another angel up in heaven). They are both smiling down at us now...

Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time.

With our deepest sympathy,

Rose & Jim Corrigan

Sheila Bell

March 12, 2020

In loving memory of Sarah Elizabeth MacIsaac, To the MacIsaac family, I was so saddened to hear about Sarah. She was such a wonderful and beautiful person. I had the privilege of seeing her grow from a young girl to an amazing adult. She always brightened my day and caring for her was my pleasure. Her enthusiasm was contagious and she had the greatest sense of humor. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. May she Rest In Peace. My love and prayers to you all. Sheila Bell

Diane Sinson

March 11, 2020

To Sarah’s family and friends, I am so sorry. Sarah and I reconnected in Saugus a few years ago when I visited the reservation.
She kept me up to date on all of you. We were friends on social media and I truly loved that we kept in touch.
So many happy memories of a life well lived and a heart of pure gold.
Much love,
Diane Stinson

Victoria Sousa

March 11, 2020

The Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Foundation extends its deepest condolences to Sarah’s family and friends. We loved her zest for life and passion for helping others in the disability community. I first met Sarah at our crowning event, when I became titleholder in 2017. She will be deeply missed.