Sarah Louise Mackle passed away in Rexburg, Idaho on June 13, 2021, at age 81, due to complications from Alzheimer’s. She was surrounded by the love of her children and sisters as she slipped from this world into the arms of her loving Savior Jesus Christ.
Sarah was born to Sam and Dorothy Denton in Grand Coulee, Washington. When she was young, her family moved to Olympia where Sarah was raised with her siblings and spent the majority of the first half of her life.
Sarah spent the last 40 years of her life raising her family in Woodinville with her husband Daniel Mackle, who passed in October of 2009. She was blessed with five children, and loved and mothered many more children through her at home daycare. She lovingly recalled having 13 children playing in her yard at one time, only three of them being her own.
After her days of mothering numerous families, she accepted a position at Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, where she worked as a secretary and treasurer for many years until her retirement. She devoted many hours of volunteer service, social activities, and worship in the halls of the church, where the members grew to be her second family.
Her children remember that she cooked from scratch, wearing an apron all the time at home. They especially loved the quadruple batches of chocolate chip cookies she would bake for after school snacks.
In her final months, as her awareness of the present began to slip away and memories from her childhood and young adulthood became more clear, she often told stories of spending time at the local library in Olympia with her friends, and her Daddy coming to pick her up after his day at the bank would end. She also loved recounting the story of how she met Dan on the phone when they both worked for Washington State, she in Olympia and he in Tacoma.
Sarah was loved by so many people, and was always honest, kind, and willing to say yes to anyone. She had a full life, loved Jesus, and is happily resting with her parents, her brother Fred, and Dan, all of whom she has missed very much these past years.
Sarah is survived and greatly missed by her sisters: Mary Johnson (TX) and Dotty Tessandore (AK); and her five children: Michael (& Rachael) Robinson (TX), James (& Hope) Robinson (WA), Cynthia (& Josh) Bellomo (WA), Christine (& Steve) Marshall (ID), and Colleen (& David) Brandenburg (UT); and her 14 grandchildren.