Sara Ann Vanderbilt, 44, of Wamego, Kansas, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Honor Health Deer Valley Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She battled auto-immune disease and metastatic breast cancer for over 7 years.
Sara was born June 16, 1975, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Dennis and Vickie Hashman Stewart. She attended local schools and graduated from LDF-SEMCO High School in LeGrand, IA. Sara then graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Public Relations.
Sara’s expertise was in Marketing and Public Relations. She worked for Vanderbilt’s Management Company. She also was a professional photographer, taking family & senior portraits for many years and more recently soccer photography for Cornerstone Family Schools of Topeka. She was a member of several professional photography organizations and had some of her work published in Professional Photography Magazine. Sara was a Health Coach and always encouraged others to choose a healthier lifestyle. One of Sara’s passions was being a home educator of her 8 children, seeing the oldest two graduate from high school and start their college education. She worked tirelessly teaching and taking the children to activities with Cornerstone Family Schools like soccer, choir, track, and fine arts competitions, as well as many, many dance rehearsals. She enjoyed health and fitness for many years before her sickness. She enjoyed doing graphic design, cleaning/organizing the house, and encouraging others through gifts and notes. She attended Northland Christian Church in Topeka, KS with her family.
Sara married Andrew Vanderbilt on June 13, 1998, in Marshalltown, IA. He survives at their home.
She is also survived by her children; Dane, Dara, Dacey, Drake, Deja, Dekan, Denton, & Demi, her parents, siblings, Bryan & Chris Stewart, also Andrew’s parents, David & Jan Vanderbilt, and brother, Thomas Vanderbilt.
A Memorial service will be held Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7:00pm at Northland Christian Church in Topeka, Kansas. Pastor Dave Rizer will be officiating. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 5:30 pm. A private family burial will be held in Wamego City Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Life Choice Ministries in Manhattan, Northland Christian Church Memorial Fund in Topeka or Cancer Crackdown and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.