Sarah Jean Morgan passed away peacefully on May 31, 2023 after a long and brave battle with cancer.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Kathryn and Andrea Niklaus (Joseph), grandson Elliott Krauss, and sisters Judy, Patricia and Jane Morgan. She was predeceased by her parents, John Allison and Patricia Morgan.
Sarah lived a full and interesting life. She was born in Exeter, Ontario in 1956, and grew up working on the family farm in Sebringville, which had “Al Morgan and Girls” proudly painted on the barn. That experience led to a lifelong love of horses and standardbred racing, a passion she shared with her father. She excelled at athletics while in high school in Stratford, and played provincial-level fastball along with her sister Judy.
One of Sarah’s first jobs was at the Hillside Nursing Home in Seebach’s Hill, where her passion for caring for people was sparked. She then studied nursing in Toronto, and went on to work as a nurse in the neonatal unit at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. She then journeyed all the way up to the Yukon where she worked as an outpost nurse serving indigenous communities for several years. She later worked as a homecare nurse in Burlington, Ontario, bringing compassion and grace to the care of terminally ill children. Sarah also worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative, travelling all over North America for conferences and sales events, where her outgoing personality and nursing background made her a natural in that role. Later, she moved to Seaforth, Ontario, and bought the old Queen’s Hotel, completely renovating the bar and restaurant and transforming it into a beautiful space for live music and gatherings. She was a gifted storyteller, with her many stories enriched by her varied life experiences and her sense of humour.
She was a kind and generous mother, sister and daughter. As a single mother to two young girls, she sometimes worked three jobs to make ends meet. She was the primary caregiver to her ailing father for several years at the end of his life, and supported other family members through chronic health challenges. She loved attending auction sales and frequently bought beautiful pieces of furniture or sets of china to give to family and friends. She once bought a piano and had it delivered to her daughter in Vancouver because she knew playing music would help her cope with the stress of school and life away from home.
Sarah was immensely proud of her daughters, Andrea and Kathryn, and was always there for them. Her grandson, baby Elliott, born last summer, brought her tremendous joy.
Our family extends sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Rotary Stratford Hospice for the care and comfort they brought to Sarah and our family in her final days. We would also like to thank Dr Logan at London Health Sciences Centre for her kindness and care toward Sarah over many years.
At Sarah’s request, no service will be held. Interment will take place among close family in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Stratford Rotary Hospice which may be made through Rutherford Cremation & Funeral Services. 804 Ontario St., Stratford. 519-271-5062.