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Sarah Elisabeth Meilike

October 11, 1984 - November 15, 2022

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Obituary For Sarah Elisabeth Meilike

Sarah Elisabeth Meilike’s beautiful life was tragically cut short on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Sarah is survived by her husband Jon, her son Hawk, and their two cats, Artoo and Threepio. She is also survived by her parents Lori and Tim Wendt; her husband’s parents Cindy and Paul Meilike; her brother-in-law Nick, his wife Jessica with their children Ethan and Colin; and her maternal Grandparents Wilmer and Linda Gale. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, cousins and dear friends, all of whom she referred to as “framily.”

Born October 11, 1984 in Illinois, she earned her associate's degree from Parkland College in Champaign and then went on to earn a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At 38, Sarah had just mastered a life lived truly as herself. Her colorful hair, often styled in a mohawk, shone almost as brightly as her smile.

Sarah was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. She had recently started a position at the Museum of Natural Sciences that brought her great joy.

Sarah was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and friend, her supportive nature consistently uplifting those around her. She and Jon had just celebrated 9 years of marriage and their life was filled with adventure as they promised each other in their vows, often with her planning the trips to include obscure stops such as old-time arcades. As a mother, she was patient, empathic, and incredibly fun. A gamer mom and nature lover, Sarah enjoyed taking Hawk on adventures to local parks and trails.

A champion of the marginalized, Sarah was especially passionate about supporting the LGBTQIA community and the disenfranchised. She was also thankful for the ability to be active at her son’s school. She will be sorely missed by children and adults alike at Smith Magnet Elementary.

Sarah thrived in her community at Common Thread Church. She valued her work with the teens in the church, and a Youth Memorial Fund has been set up to carry on her legacy.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:00 am at Common Thread Church, 2011 Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607. A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Live Streaming can be found on the Common Thread Church Facebook Page.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Sarah Meilike Youth Fund

Services

21 Nov

Visitation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Common Thread Church 2011 Ridge Road Raleigh, NC 27607 Get Directions »
21 Nov

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Common Thread Church 2011 Ridge Road Raleigh, NC 27607 Get Directions »
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  • 11/21/2022

    Sarah Bug, you always greeted me with hugs and such looks of joy that I couldn't help but be happy. Your light will continue to shine through all you have touched.💜💜💜 I am sending much love to your family.

  • 11/21/2022

  • 11/21/2022

    Sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏 Jon Hawk Tim and Lori

  • 11/21/2022

    I did not know Sarah personally but I am friends of Cindy & Paul Meilike in Charlotte. Her service today was heartfelt and joyous in Sarah's celebration of her life. I know if I had met her she would have become a friend. Peace and comfort to Sarah's family. God Bless Norma Arnold

  • 11/20/2022

    Our deepest sympathy to Hawk, Jon, Lori, Tim and everyone else who loved Sarah. She was one of my all-time favorite students. More than being intelligent, she was energetic, funny and goofy. She had values that she did not hesitate in sharing or defending. She was genuine and honest in everything she did - truly a joy to be around.

  • 11/20/2022

    We are keeping Sarah's loved ones, Jon, Hawk, Lori, and Tim in our hearts in this unimaginable time of profound grief. Sarah was a beacon of light for so many. She was bright, empathetic, fun, and joyful and will be sorely missed. Diana and Joe Parker

  • 11/20/2022

    We are praying for Jon and Hawk, may God wrap his arms around you and comfort you.

  • 11/19/2022

    I am shocked and incredibly saddened to hear this news. Sarah was one of my first and therefore oldest friends, and has always had a special place in my heart. From daycare, to sleepovers, to keeping in touch online, Sarah was always a true friend - one who never forgot my birthday, and who had a huge passion for chocolate chip pancakes as a child. All of my love to her, and her entire family. - Lydia (Maxwell) Nadal

  • 11/19/2022

    Thoughts, and Prayers for Jon, Hawk, and the family. You have my deepest condolences.

  • 11/19/2022

    Tim and Lori, Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I first met Sarah when I tutored her in her mathematics course at Parkland. Later she was a colleague when she worked in the Library. She was a joy to work with and always had a sunny disposition. I will miss her greatly. Take care. Omar Adawi

  • 11/19/2022

    Lori and Tim, we are sorry for this unimaginable loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. The DeWees Family

  • 11/18/2022

    Tim and Lori, I can't begin to imagine what you're going through but I'm sure you know what a light Sarah was to everyone who was lucky enough to know her. May your memories get you and your family through this unimaginable tragedy. Sending you loving thoughts.

  • 11/18/2022

  • 11/18/2022

    The Smith Magnet Elementary School family sends our condolences to the Meilike family. Our hearts are heavy but we will get through this difficult time together. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Beverly Smith, Principal and the Smith Faculty and Staff

  • 11/18/2022

    Sarah was such an advocate for the underrepresented and a pleasure to work with. My heart breaks for you all. God bless!

  • 11/18/2022

    We are so sorry for your unimaginable loss.

  • 11/18/2022

    So very sorry for your loss. Remembering all the fun Girl Scout adventures with Sarah and Lori. We had some fun times. Praying for strength and comfort during this very hard time.

  • 11/18/2022

    Lori and Tim, I am sorry beyond words. May your precious daughter's memory be a blessing. Jan Simon

  • 11/18/2022

    I knew Sarah was special when I met her at the Museum. The world has lost a beautiful person, and I wish I could have gotten to know her better. My thoughts and deepest sympathy to her family, whom she loved very dearly.

  • 11/18/2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Sarah was always a joy to work with and her laugh and smile would always make you feel welcome God be with you during this time of grief and loss Love Phyllis Henderson

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