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Sarah Boys

Birth Date: November 7, 1979
Death Date: September 8, 2017

Sarah E. Boys, 37 passed away September 8, 2017 in the comfort of her home. Sarah was born November 7, 1979 in Decatur, IL the daughter of William and Paula (Smith) Boys.
She graduated from Stephen Decatur in the class of 2000. Sarah was actively involved with Special Olympics Illinois with her Dream Catchers Team. She served on the Special Olympics Board of Directors from 2003 through 2006. Sarah was known by many as a Global Messenger speaking to organizations around Decatur and throughout Illinois. Sarah also was an active member of the Heart & Soul Choir. The love and joy she expressed when singing was amazing.
Sarah leaves behind her mother and father and dog Shaggy at home as well as her beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves many very Special friends, her entire Dream Catchers family and others who touched her life in Special Olympics in so many ways. Sarah was preceded in death by her grandmother Alice Marie Boys and grandparents Melvin and Mary Smith of Shelbyville, IL.
Sarah’s family would like to thank DMH Hospice. Sarah’s CF team at Barnes-Jewish was instrumental in giving her 37 years of remarkable life. We also thank Dr. Hima Atluri and Jeanne Hansen for their wonderful care as well.
Per Sarah’s wishes, a Celebration of Life hosted by her family will be observed at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Decatur on September 24th from 2 – 5 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to her Special Olympics Dream Catchers Team or Central Christian’s Heart & Soul Choir. The family also request that you attend in your favorite sports team shirt.
The family of Sarah E. Boys is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences to the family at

Celebration of life hosted by the family
September 24, 2017
2:00 pm
- 5:00 pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
520 E. North Street Decatur, IL 62523
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  1. Surely, I will missed your contagious smile. I will surely wear the earrings that you like whenever I think of you. You sure are, a good friend. Keep smiling, my friend.

  2. We at DMH Hospice send our deepest condolences to your family. We thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for sweet Sarah and for you during this difficult time. Her precious smile is etched in our memories…she will not be forgotten. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and will be in touch to offer grief care. We are still here for you.

    The DMH Hospice Team

  3. Paula, I am so sad to hear of Sarah's passing. She was a great inspiration to many and will always be remembered. Much love,
    Barb Beck.

  4. I was so sorry to hear about Sarah's passing. I loved being her teaching assistant many years ago at Harris School. I will never forget her smile and her fun, determined personality that would make everyone around her smile, too. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. I am praying for strength, peace, and comfort for all of you.

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sarah was an amazing young woman and tremendous support to all her Special Olympics friends. I remember sitting across from Sarah at Global Messenger Training, so many years ago. I was attending as Meloni's speech coach and Paula and Sarah sat at our table. Sarah was so shy she would not even look up during the training session, but when it was her time to present, you could see there were stars in her eyes; she so wanted to push this challenge and succeed. And SUCCEED she did! From that point on she was always a shining star for her family, friends and Special Olympics Illinois. She will be missed by so many whose lives she has touched in her short life.

    With Loving Memory,
    Rhonda Knight

  6. What a blessing your sweet Sarah was to anyone who ever had the privilege of being in her presence. Her smile and her gift of encouragement were the two things that I thought of immediately when I heard of your sad news. I will be lifting your family in prayer and asking that you fully experience and feel God's presence as he wraps his loving arms around you and holds you closely as you walk through this time! Sherry Saylor (and the Culumber Family!)

  7. Paula and Bill. I am so sorry to hear about Sarah's passing. She was a little tiger in her fight for life, her passions and her love for all. She was blessed with wonderful, caring and nurturing parents. Rest in Eternal Peace, Sarah.

  8. Bill and Paula,

    We are so sorry to hear about Sarah. Scott and I wish you peace and comfort and know that you'll hold the memories of Sarah close to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Scott and Gaye Catlin

  9. I was happy to know sarah boys she was was an angel she made everybody smile no matter what mood she was in she will be very missed in the Special Olympics family rest in peace Sarah

  10. What a blessing Sarah was to her family and friends. Her smile radiated to everyone who met her. I had the pleasure to personally know her parents growing up with them in Shelbyville. Throughout her short life, I cherished the times my path crossed Sarah's and her parents. I kept up with her life through the special Olympics and other special sctivities she did while she grew up. My mother Vera Stewardson always kept up with her activities as well, and we discussed the need for help for others like Sarah in the Shelbyville area. God Bless Sarah now…and I know she is hugging dogs and having them all around her. My words of comfort to William and Paul at this time. I only wish that I could do more, prayers and hugs to all that knew and loved Sarah, such an Angel on earth and now in Heaven. Love, Wanda Stewardson Brooks XXOOXX

  11. I loved it when Sarah would enter the room. The entire mood would brighten up as soon as she walked in. She always had a smile on her face and would always have something to say. Her passion for those things she was involved in was always contagious. I always enjoyed talking to her and loved getting hugs from her. It is sad to let her go, but she is resting comfortably now.

  12. Sarah was one of the sweetest, loveliest people I know. She had an amazing heart and a zest for life. She loved her Special Olympics activities and we with Special Olympics love her! God bless Sarah Boys!

  13. Sarah was such a blessing to know. She was pretty sassy and never forgot a person. It was a privilege to know Sarah and her parents.

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