Sarah Ann Bires, born June 14, 1974, to Denise Williams and Ron Bires, in Springfield, Ore., died Jan. 7, 2021, in Springfield. At her bedside were loving family and her devoted partner, Michael. She had fought a long valiant battle with kidney disease most of her life. In spite of her illness, Sarah loved life and loved her family and the many friends she made.
Sarah lived most of her life in the Eugene-Springfield area except for a few years (2014-18) with her aunt, Dr. Karen Alldredge, in Roseburg, Ore. She also visited and traveled with her grandmother, Betty Alldredge. Sarah attended elementary school in the Eugene area and graduated from Churchill High School in 1992.
While Sarah was living in the Roseburg area her Gram Betty also moved to Roseburg and lived in senior residential living at Garden Valley and then settled at Linus Oakes Retirement Village. Sarah visited both places frequently and loved the aides and residents at Garden Valley and staff and residents at Linus Oakes as they did her.
Left to mourn Sarah’s leaving us but also to rejoice that she is finally free of pain: mother, Denise Williams; sister, Nicole Smith; niece, Riley Darcy; uncle, David Alldredge and wife, Diana; cousin, Jennifer Ryker and partner, Brian; great-nephew, Logan, great-niece, Miranda, and their father Jake; “Auntie Karen, “ Dr. Karen Alldredge, who gave her skilled and compassionate care until the end; cousin, Holly Kolodziejczak and husband Aaron; and devoted “Gram,” Dr. Betty Alldredge. Sarah also leaves her father, Ron Bires, and wife, Sandy; uncle, Wes Bires. and wife, Judy; uncle, David Bires, and family; and loving partner, Michael Woods.
The family would like to thank the medical caregivers at OHSI in Portland, Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Mercy in Roseburg, and Riverbend in Springfield and the dialysis labs which provided life services to Sarah. We also thank hospice for its gracious and caring service at the closing period of her life.
Because of the pandemic, no services can be scheduled now, but we are hoping to celebrate Sarah’s life next summer and scatter her ashes at the Oregon beach as she has requested.