Oconee County lost a dedicated citizen activist who cared immensely about its political and social life on Monday morning when Sarah Bell found peace after a difficult struggle with cancer.
Sarah ran for office, coordinated candidate forums, engaged in historical research, and spoke up at meeting after meeting on issues of importance to her and this county.
|As A Candidate 2011|
Sarah volunteered to help me with this blog about 10 years ago. We made a deal. I would buy a camera and tripod. She would attend meetings I could not attend and video record them. I would use the video in my reporting and upload it to Vimeo for anyone wishing to make use of it.
Our usual routine was for me to make a list of meetings and distribute it on Saturday or Sunday.
On Oct 10, Sarah wrote back to me:
Sounds like you will be busy. I may not be able to do anything. Having some stomach issues. More later.
Those stomach issues turned out to be Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
That was the last time Sarah responded to my weekly meeting summary.
Sarah was both a very simple and a very complex individual. Above all, she was caring. She cared about me. She cared about my wife. She cared about my daughter and my granddaughters. She really cared about my dog. Empathy, warmth, and understanding defined Sarah.
I am missing her a great deal, but I am very glad I had the good fortune of knowing and working with her.
Neither I nor this blog will be the same without her.