Sara Taylor Campbell was born October 25, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas to Ruth Taylor Campbell and Daniel Stone Campbell, Major General USAF. She was the youngest of three sisters. Sara graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Nursing and later qualified and worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practictioner both in the Seattle area and in a refugee camp in Thailand. She was a kind, open-minded and gentle person who loved children, animals and people from all cultures and backgrounds.
Sara was on a Sufi path for approximately 30 years, devoted to a spiritual tradition that recognizes the sacred within creation. Her life – split between her home on Whidbey Island and a family ranch in Montana – was an expression of this devotion. On Whidbey, where she moved in 1990, she restored over 40 acres, caring for trees, plants, waterways, animals, and all those who visited the land – whether for an hour or for years. Vistors came to the land for restoration themselves, and for a living reminder of the beauty, peace, and light within nature. They showed up at all times of the day, ringing a giant bell to alert Sara – who was often drinking tea with the cedars, weeding blackberries, or waiting for a wood duck to arrive. People knew Sara as someone who gave and gave, and rarely took for herself; she will be missed by otters and ferns, chickadees and wetlands, as much as by friends and family.
Sara was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Billings Sterling, her sisters Ruth Campbell Austin (Edward Hebert Austin) and Catherine Stone Campbell, nephew Daniel Taylor Austin, niece Eloise Davis Austin, MD (Justin George Muzinich) and great nieces and nephews. There will be a private family gathering in the future. Memorials in her honor may be made to: Whidbey Camano Land Trust, Greenbank, WA or to: Montana Land Reliance, Helena, MT.