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Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner (Ewell)

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Obituary

A LIVE STREAMING of Funeral service will begin at 12:00 pm, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at www.walkersanderson.com
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Sarah Ewell Gardner of Murray, Utah and Midland, Michigan, passed away from cancer on April 20, 2021, having won her battle by showing us what it means to live graciously and courageously until the very end. Sarah was passionate, kind, and outspoken. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. Sarah was born November 1, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The daughter of Darren and Lori Ewell of Murray, Utah and the oldest of five children, Sarah was a natural-born leader who loved sharing her bright personality with everyone around her.

School provided many opportunities for Sarah’s character to shine. As a student body officer, she created many fond memories for students and staff. As a fairy godmother in the production of Cinderella, she graced the stage with her personality and incredible voice. She graduated from Murray High and BYU-Idaho with a degree in English and a minor in Vocal Performance. After her education, she served a mission in Romania, spreading the gospel and serving the people. There she continued to develop her unconditional love for others while blessing the lives of all those who met her. On May 1, 2015, Sarah married Flint Gardner in the Salt Lake Temple with a love that could be felt by all and would last for eternity.

Sarah was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma in May 2018 while pregnant with her second child. Sarah remained optimistic despite the grim prognosis, determined to continue to live the life she loved. Juggling cancer treatments with two young children was no easy feat, but she still found time to document her journey through social media, spreading her cheer and optimism to many others. Despite the hardship Sarah personally faced with cancer, including losing her leg, she sought every opportunity to help others who were facing similar situations. Living with cancer changed her but not all changes were for the worst. In many ways she had always lived for others; this gave Sarah permission to live for herself.

She believed in the power of positive thinking and adopted many affirmations and mantras. She was often heard saying, “I can do hard things” and to “choose to do the things today that my future self will thank me for.” She lived everyday like it was not her last, but the beginning of the rest of her life.

Sarah is survived by her husband Flint Gardner of Midland, Michigan and children Atlas (age 4) and Everest (age 2), her parents Darren and Lori Tindall Ewell, and her siblings Adam, Hyrum, Abigail Whitehead (Ethan), and Noah. She is also survived by her grandmothers Sharlene Ewell and Betty Tindall, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers James Henry Tindall and Gary McClellan Ewell and friends she came to know through her treatment who also faced cancer valiantly.

She will be fondly remembered as a devoted mother and friend, an incredible vocalist, accomplished cook and health food junkie, social media influencer in the truest sense, and an advocate and friend to everyone she met.

Funeral services will be held through the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home. The viewing will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 646 East 800 North in Orem, Utah. A second viewing before the funeral service will be held at a church meetinghouse on Saturday at 1049 S Geneva Rd, Orem, Utah; interment will follow at the Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem.

For Sarah’s full story and heroic journey through life, visit her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbEodnhUvR3v6nQ-Ut7ntQ and Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/smashsarcoma/.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    When
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location
    LDS Church
    Address
    1075 South Geneva Rd
    Orem, Utah
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    Notes
  • Service

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    LDS Church
    Address
    1075 South Geneva Rd
    Orem, Utah
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    A LIVE STREAMING of Funeral service will begin at 12:00 pm, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at www.walkersanderson.com

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Ned C. Hill

Posted at 09:29pm
Sarah Ewell Gardner (we knew her as Sora Ewell or, in English, Sister Ewell). My wife and I, together with our whole mission, were very blessed to have this remarkable soul in our Romania Bucharest Mission. Whether we needed a talented singer to set the tone in a zone conference or a kind, understanding, exemplary sister to serve as a companion to a discouraged missionary, Sora Ewell was the answer. She was mature, blessed with wisdom beyond her years. In addition, her ability to learn Romanian was remarkable. In only a few months, she was able to communicate confidently with the people. She quickly developed a love for the Romanian people and was fully accepted by branch members and local leaders. We wish we could have had her with us all three years of our assignment!
We vividly recall her wedding reception—not just for the beautiful setting, but for the comfort we had in knowing she had found such a wonderful husband in Flint. With two such talented people, the sky was the limit for this equally yoked couple. The future seemed so bright for them.
But a few years later, we were devastated to learn that she was diagnosed with a very dangerous cancer. She has been on minds and in our daily prayers ever since then. The last time we saw her was in a park in Utah where we saw her little family and sensed their optimism and strength. She and Flint were so confident and strong. It was not surprising that they fought a mighty battle together right up to the end—that was the kind of spirit we saw in her during her Romanian days.
How sad we were to hear this week of her passing. This world is in desperate need of luminous spirits like Sora Ewell! Perhaps the rest of us now need to make our lights shine a little brighter to fill the absence of such an unforgettable, confident, nurturing and gifted spirit as Sarah Ewell Gardner.
Our hearts go out to Flint, Atlas and Everest, and to her parents and siblings. Know that she is in the hands of a loving, understanding, forgiving, and almighty Heavenly Father. We’re confident that He knows this remarkable spirit even better than we know her.
NH

Ned C. Hill

Posted at 09:28pm
Sarah Ewell Gardner (we knew her as Sora Ewell or, in English, Sister Ewell). My wife and I, together with our whole mission, were very blessed to have this remarkable soul in our Romania Bucharest Mission. Whether we needed a talented singer to set the tone in a zone conference or a kind, understanding, exemplary sister to serve as a companion to a discouraged missionary, Sora Ewell was the answer. She was mature, blessed with wisdom beyond her years. In addition, her ability to learn Romanian was remarkable. In only a few months, she was able to communicate confidently with the people. She quickly developed a love for the Romanian people and was fully accepted by branch members and local leaders. We wish we could have had her with us all three years of our assignment!
We vividly recall her wedding reception—not just for the beautiful setting, but for the comfort we had in knowing she had found such a wonderful husband in Flint. With two such talented people, the sky was the limit for this equally yoked couple. The future seemed so bright for them.
But a few years later, we were devastated to learn that she was diagnosed with a very dangerous cancer. She has been on minds and in our daily prayers ever since then. The last time we saw her was in a park in Utah where we saw her little family and sensed their optimism and strength. She and Flint were so confident and strong. It was not surprising that they fought a mighty battle together right up to the end—that was the kind of spirit we saw in her during her Romanian days.
How sad we were to hear this week of her passing. This world is in desperate need of luminous spirits like Sora Ewell! Perhaps the rest of us now need to make our lights shine a little brighter to fill the absence of such an unforgettable, confident, nurturing and gifted spirit as Sarah Ewell Gardner.
Our hearts go out to Flint, Atlas and Everest, and to her parents and siblings. Know that she is in the hands of a loving, understanding, forgiving, and almighty Heavenly Father. We’re confident that He knows this remarkable spirit even better than we know her.
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