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Sara Ann Nelson

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 1, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Sara Ann Nelson, 54, died November 1st at Duke Hospital. She graduated from Lawrence High School, Lawrenceville, NJ in 1974. She sang in the Madrigal Group, was Captain of the Color Guard, was inducted into the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Scholar. She graduated from Duke University in 1978 with honors. She sang in the Duke Chorale the entire four years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville until 1979. She sang in the Fortuna group for 20 years and she was a member of the Choral Society of Durham for many years, up until the time of her death.

She worked for Glaxo, Glaxo-Welcome and Glaxo Smith/Kline for 17 years and for her last several years, was assistant director of Regulatory Affairs. She had a passion for gourmet cooking along with her husband plus she had many hobbies.

She is survived by her husband, David Levi of Durham, her mother, Norma Nelson of Cary, her brother, sister-in-law and niece, Jim, Jill and Michelle Nelson of Durham. She was a very intelligent, loving, kind, caring and sweet person. She was respected and loved by her family and her many friends. She will be sorely missed by all.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Chapel, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. A private cremation ceremony was held at the Hall-Wynne Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity of Durham, 215 N. Church St., Durham, NC 27701 or Animal Protection Society of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704.

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Condolences for the family of “Sara Ann Nelson”

Condolence from Steve Dobbins on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

With her talents both musical and culinary, Sara brightened the lives of many. It was an honor and a joy to sing with Sara through the years. I will always remember her radiant smile and the twinkle in her eyes.

Condolence from Wendy on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

David and family,
I was so shocked today to see this and saddened. Sara was such a kind soul and I always enjoyed our chats about food and chef’n. I’m so sorry for your loss… our personal chef community has lost a wondermous member.

Condolence from Sharon Worster on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I’m so very sorry to hear about Sara! I just talked to her on the phone week before last and I’m just shocked. She was a very special woman and a dear cheffing friend. David, I’m sending blessings your way and I’m so sorry. I don’t have the words. Love, ~Sharon

Condolence from Kim Talley on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Sara’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family, she will be greatly missed.

Condolence from sandy hall on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I’ve just read the news and am utterly gobsmacked! I never had the chance to meet Sara, but enjoyed her wit, advice and friendship through PCN and beyond. I will miss her. I hope that there will be a chorus of the songs she loved to sing her home – David, you and Sara’s family and all her/your beloved pets have my deepest, deepest sympathies.

Condolence from Deb Hickerson on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

Sara was one in a million. I was privileged to meet her on two occasions at personal chef conventions. I felt we had a special bond because our birthdays were close together. We used to joke about it. My heart goes out to you, David, and all the members of Sara’s family. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Karla Billdt on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

David and family, my heart is so heavy for your loss. When i think of Sara I hear her beautiful voice at the PCN convention in Reno. May the memories you have of your beautiful Sara help you in this overbearing time of sadness. My love to you. Karla

Condolence from Jan Harding on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I’ll remember Sara as a kind, smart and delightfully interesting woman who enjoyed creating and sharing good food with others. To David and her family I send my condolences and the hope that in time the good memories you have of Sara will replace your grief.

Condolence from Sara Myron on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear David and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Sara’s sudden death. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
With love, Sara

Condolence from Stacey Diverde on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am


So sad to hear of your sudden passing, you will be missed! David and your family will be in my prayers. You were such a sweet, sweet woman! I will never forget meeting you and David at the Portland convention.

Condolence from Conni Brownell on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

Sara, you are a beautiful person with a kind heart, I will miss you always.

Condolence from Karen Ross on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

May the love of those around you,
help you through the days ahead.

With Sincerest Sympathy
Karen Ross

Condolence from Joetta MacMiller on November 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I remember talking to Sara for the first time regarding Elves on Your Shelves and then many times through the years after that about many things. I thoroughly enjoyed all of our conversations and you will be dearly missed by all. You were definitely taken from this world way too soon. David, if there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know.

Condolence from Shelia Cook on November 8th, 2010 12:00 am

May God give you the family of Sara a peaceful heart knowing she touched so many people in so many positive ways in her short time on earth and now she shines even brighter as her hallow will glimmer forever.
Shelia L. Cook
She-L-Cook IN Your Home Cooking Service
Swansboro, NC

Condolence from Gigi Gretchen Petery on November 8th, 2010 12:00 am

Sara was a sweet, thoughtful, loving, considerate, and honest person. She touched many lives, and she will be missed by all. I am so sorry for your loss. Namaste.

Condolence from Emliy Raymer, Aria Hungry?…The Singing Chef on November 8th, 2010 12:00 am

I never had the pleasure of meeting Sara in person, but always enjoyed what she shared with us other personal chefs. I’m so sorry for this sudden and tragic loss to her family, both the people and animals she loved. I know she is singing with the angels now. My deepest condolences.

Condolence from Debra Lane on November 8th, 2010 12:00 am

David – I had the pleasure of meeting both you and Sara through our Personal Chef connections and I am so saddened by her loss. She was such a wonderful and intelligent woman with a heart of gold and a love for animals and people. She was an angel amongst us here on earth and until we meet again, I will hold her memory dear to my heart.

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