Obituaries pg 6 10-7-21

Sara Burke Laughlin
Sara Burke Laughlin, 69, died Oct. 1, 2021, in Providence.
Sara was the daughter of sculptor Ruth F. Laughlin and noted anthropologist William S. Laughlin. Born in Spokane, Wash., Sara was raised in Madison, Wisc., spending much of her time in exotic locales from an isolated camp in Idaho to islands in Alaska and even Copenhagen, Denmark.
She eventually settled on Quaddick Lake in Thompson where she worked tirelessly to support her community.
To each role in her life—from biology teacher, to WIC employee, to archeologist, to gestalt life coach, to mother—Sara brought kindness, commitment and compassion.
A lover of string figures, cooking shows and endless notetaking, Sara deeply valued her friends and her family and always made time for them. Throughout her 15 years with amyloidosis, Sara was unwavering in her positivity — inspiring all around her to be more present.
Predeceased by her parents and sister, Leslie Laughlin, she leaves her eldest son, Jonathan Garrison (Stephanie) of Portland, Ore., and her younger son Christopher Garrison (Hannah) Garrison of Providence; grandchildren: Ian, 15, son of Jonathan and his former wife Heather Garrison, and the children of Christopher and Hannah, Camilla, 11, and Isaac, 8.
The family will hold private services.
Donations: Thompson Together, 988 Quaddick Town Farm Road, Thompson, CT 06277.


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