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Sara Elizabeth McFlynn

On Friday at 4 p.m., family and friends of Sara Elizabeth McFlynn will celebrate her life at her home in Old Snowmass.

Sara, 20, had recently returned from summer school at Oxford University and was going to be a junior at Georgetown University in the fall, majoring in psychology and English literature. She was looking forward to sharing her first off-campus house with five other young women, and to a semester in Prague in the spring.

In May of this year she returned home from Georgetown to be a raft guide for the seventh-grade outdoor education trip at Aspen Middle School, and in June enjoyed a five-day San Juan River trip with family and friends.

She had just returned from a family rafting trip in Westwater Canyon when she fell gravely ill Wednesday. She died Thursday night at Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Sara’s passion for life was surpassed only by her love for her family and friends. She is survived by her father, Tim; her mother, Donna; her brothers, Travis and Tim Jr.; her sisters Abigael and Jane; and countless relatives and friends.

The celebration this Friday will be at Elk Ridge Ranch, 5721 Snowmass Creek Rd. Parking is extremely limited so please car pool and follow the signs. Please bring something to share at the wake following the service.

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The family has established a memorial scholarship to Georgetown University in Sara’s name for students from the Roaring Fork Valley. Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank branch.