Sarah Amber Russell
Sarah Amber Russell – 19, of Halifax, formerly of North Alton, Kings County, passed away at home on July 10, 2017 after a long battle with mental illness, and her fight for help within the NS Mental Health Care System. She was born on September 5, 1997 in Kentville. She is survived by her father, Derek Russell (Nicole), North Alton; two brothers, Caleb and Patrick; her mother, Amber Wood, Kentville; her sister, Catrina, Halifax; her grandmother, Edith Russell, North Alton; aunt, Wanda Balsor (uncle Charles), North Alton; uncles, Brad Wood (aunt Alice), Musquodoboit; Kevin Wood, Truro; and many cousins in Nova Scotia and Ottawa; her partner, Brandon Roy, Halifax/Port Mouton. Sarah was predeceased by her grandfather, Alvin Russell, her grandparents, William and Vivian (McNutt) Wood; aunt, Diane Wood; uncle, Dimock Wood; sister, Melanie (Russell) Wright; sister, Falon Urquhart. She had attended the North Alton Baptist Church and the North Alton Baptist Awana Youth Group; Coldbrook & District Elementary School; Central Kings Rural High School, Cambridge; Citadel High, Halifax and Bedford and Forsyth Education Center, Rocky Lake Drive. She recently graduated with her Grade 12, and received a scholarship to further her education. She had planned to attend NSCC, Halifax, where she had been accepted to attend nursing in the fall. Sarah played school basketball and soccer for many years throughout elementary and high school, and throughout high school she competed in Track and Field. Sarah was a Nova Scotia Provincial Athlete. Sarah was an artist of free hand drawings and paintings and she loved to read and enjoyed creativity and doing crafts. She loved her family, and talked with her Dad often. She also loved nature and the simple things in life. Sarah would spend time thinking about things she had done in her past and memories that she held dear to her heart. Sarah always talked about the dreams she had and finding peace in her life. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2107 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, Reverend June Keddy and Reverend Karen Doucette officiating. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Phoenix Youth Program, Halifax. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville, Nova Scotia.