Sarah Harris Jurick |

Sarah Harris Jurick

Sarah Harris Jurick, 73, of Oakland, Calif., died peacefully on March 2, 2009, of lung cancer. The daughter of Dorothy Rolph McKee Harris and Edwin Loring Harris, she was a fifth generation San Franciscan.

Sarah married Bernard Jurick of Snowmass and moved to Aspen in 1958, where they raised four children. She worked in the Aspen School District during the ’70s and ’80s as an administrative assistant, teaching assistant and librarian.

Her beautifully designed and constructed clothing was worn by many young Aspenites in the ’60s and ’70s, and her designs were purchased by both Saks Fifth Avenue and I Magnin.

She was amused by the idea that her obituary would include that she was once bitten by an unborn pig during delivery! In addition to designing clothing and delivering pigs (puppies and kittens, too), she was skilled at hunting, fishing, roping and branding cattle, gourmet cooking, watercolor painting and activism for the elderly and needy of Oakland.

A beloved mother, grandmother, friend and colleague, her quirky and delightfully morbid sense of humor will be missed.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Katie and Timothy Gotsick of Acworth, Ga.; Emily Jurick and Michael Moran of Carbondale; Maggie and Bill Mehr of Newburgh, N.Y.; Adam Jurick and Gerry Wold of Bozeman, Mont.; her grandchildren, Hayes and Echo Gotsick; Shannon Moran; Sarah, Grace, Jonathan and Stephen Mehr; Annie Wold-Jurick and Joey Spanne. She is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth McKee Filmer of Berkeley, Calif.; Deborah Harris Gallagher of Bend, Ore.; and Ann Harris Mohun of Queensland, Australia, as well as myriad loving nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of her life was held on March 7, 2009. Donations in her memory may be made to the shelter or food bank of your choice.

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