In Loving Memory of

Sara Rebecca Nobles

12/07/1984 - 05/28/2013

Sara Rebecca Nobles, age 28, born in Gainesville, December 7th, 1984, left earth for heaven, May 28th, 2013. She graduated from P.K. Yonge High School in 2003, from the University of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders on a full scholarship, and also from Aveda Institute of Cosmetology (St. Petersburg) in 2010. Sara is a person that could hardly be summarized by any number of words.  A girl that was made up of a perfectly intricate configuration of smiles, held together with the most unique wit and imagination. Her eyes seemed to see the world differently from everyone else. She could effortlessly make anyone laugh.  Her fun-loving happiness would be enough to make her someone you’d want to get to know, but there’s so much more to her. Sara truly loved life. She painted, traveled, played piano, sang, and danced whenever she felt like it.  At any gathering or under any circumstance she became the focal point of infectious laughter, joy, and entertainment. She enjoyed city life, often finding places like New York City, Atlanta, Boston, and Dallas more than stimulating. Her cultured and uncommon opinions, jokes, ideas, and plans excited and roused something almost magical inside of us. Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” was her favorite painting.  Queen, David Bowie, and Morrissey top a list of her favorite musicians.  Outer space, sunsets, rainbows, nature, Wes Anderson films, karaoke, and puppies are some things she would unconditionally and vocally show an affinity for. Sara became a raw vegan enthusiast after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer almost three years ago. She was not short of brave, and her strength was apparent even before her fight with cancer began. Her desire to be seen and treated like anyone else, was evidence of her overwhelming character.  Sara’s beautiful kind-hearted disposition was a foundation laid early in her life while spending time with her mother at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, singing in the choir, going on mission trips, and loving Jesus.  So, if you find yourself reading this, and never got a chance to meet or know Sara, she would encourage you to love life, and disregard anything that doesn’t bring you happiness. She is survived by her many friends, parents:  Deborah and John Nobles, brother:  Johnny, sister: April, sister-in-law: Sarah, nephews: Collin Nobles, Evan and Jeremy Nipper, grandmother: Margaret Cook, boyfriend/ best friend: Jeff “Jayman” Fraser, and her bulldog: Kingsley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Youth Ministry, 14105 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Sara’s viewing is Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 PM and funeral is Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2:00 PM.  Both will be held at First Baptist Church, 14105 NW 39th Ave , Gainesville, FL 32606.

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22 Responses

  1. Nancy Jackson at · Reply

    My late husband Archie worked with Johnny at the ASO and I am saddened to hear about the death of your daughter. Although I never knew her she is beautiful in her photo and obviously very accomplished. I am sure that she must have been a source of joy to you and I am so sorry to hear of her passing..

  2. Shannon & Bruce Deckard at · Reply

    Words alone cannot express our sympathy on the untimely death of Sara. To say that her time with us was far too short is an understatement. The reality is that all who loved and knew her will sorely miss her.No doubt the outpouring of sympathy you have received since her parting has been of some consolation. Hopefully it will serve as a reminder to you of how well-loved and liked she was.
    We hope that you all will find peace and comfort in knowing that her suffering is over and that her just rewards await her..We Love You so Bruce & Shannon Deckard

    1. john and debby Nobles at · Reply

      Bruce and Shannon, Thanks for the words of comfort, We love you both and miss you.

  3. john and debby Nobles at · Reply

    Thanks Nancy, with friends like you we are truly bless.

  4. Lorene Benoit at · Reply

    Thank you Deborah for letting me know. I wish I could have known Sara. My blessings go out to all of you, her family and friends. You know she is in good hands, and always in your hearts, but having been there with my brother, and seeing how hard it was for both parents, I know know how painful it can be. Blessings to all.

  5. Nathan and Lisa Rund at · Reply

    We are SO thankful to have gotten to know this beautiful girl! She was such a joy to be around and she was exactly everything you shared above in her radiance and countenance. She was simply put- amazing! Though we don’t understand the things that come our way on this old earth, we know we have precious promises in God’s Word to sustain us until we meet up with our loved ones again soon and very soon! I’m sure our precious Emily is showing her around and they are having the time of their lives with Jesus! Like Emily, your Sara IS alive and well and we WILL see those girls again and be re-united forever!
    II Corinthians 5:8 We are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.

    John and Debby- You are both truly amazing people! Your love for your children is evident! You poured everything you had into your Sara during this difficult time, and your crown and reward is in Heaven. We will continue to keep you lifted up in our prayers and we look forward to seeing you soon! We love you Nobles Fam!

  6. Marie and Danny Hatfield at · Reply

    There are few words that can adequately convey how badly we feel over the loss of Sara. It’s as though a light has burned out and the world is a little darker without her in it. There’s nothing, nor anyone, who brought as much joy to so many in such a short time as Sara. We wish there was something we could say or do to ease your pain other than to say we are sorry for your loss. Just know that we loved her and we love you both very much.

  7. Heather Blum at · Reply

    That’s so amazing how you can describe Sara so perfectly. She truly was an angle on earth. I can’t believe I was so lucky enough to be such a close friend with Sara. I will cherish our memories forever and ever. She is such a rare human being and touched so many lives. I’m incredibly sorry for your lose. I love you Sara!! Xox

  8. Jere Steele at · Reply

    I knew Sara for such a short time but my heart broke when I first heard she had cancer. I knew first hand what she was going through and the ravishing effects the treatment has on one’s body. I know God has a plan and that it cannot be questioned, but why? Why? Sara was a beautiful girl both inside and out, and the world will miss her. I will continue to lift her, and all like her who battle for life while trying to live life to the fullest, in my prayers . My sincerest condolences to you, John, Debbie, April & Johnny.

  9. Nancy and Alan Jewby at · Reply

    We only got to meet Sara once, but was impressed with the beautiful young lady she was inside and out. You are a special family and I know that God is watching over you and will bring you peace. Sara has been ill for so long a period of time and the support and love you all continuously showed her encourages all of us to be better Christians and people in general.

    Please know that we would be there tomorrow to show our support for all of you if the trip wasn’t so long. Our prayers are with you. I look forward to seeing you all again.

  10. Erma Tiffany at · Reply

    Although I never met Sara, she and her whole family have been in my prayers from the time my daughter, Terri Tiffany and my granddaughter, Lisa Sutton told me of her fight with cancer. I prayed for her recovery but ended my prayers as Jesus did, when facing His crudifixion, with “Nevertheless, Thy will be done”. I will continue to have the whole family in my prayers as they adjust to life without Sara.

  11. Lisa Sutton at · Reply

    Sara’s zest for life and infectious smile will be missed by so many. I hope that everyone who knew and loved her will incorporate a bit of her spirit into their daily lives. I know the world would be a better place for it. I love you all so much, and I am so thankful that you let me be a part of your family for all these years. What an honor to have known this beautiful, creative, loving girl. Debby, John, Johnny, and April, you are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

  12. Dawn Brower at · Reply

    I met Sara when she was transitioning herself into a raw vegan lifestyle. She was upbeat, funny, knowledgeable, and so kind hearted. I have spoken of Sara on numerous occasions on what an inspiration she was to me and I am truly blessed to have been a part of her life if even for a brief moment. I send my love to all of you and I offer my prayers of healing. Healthy blessings to you and thank you Sara for touching my soul.

  13. Kelsey R at · Reply

    I think I speak for everyone who took care of Sara while she was at Shands when I say that it was truly a pleasure to be a part of her life. While I never had the opportunity to talk with her, I was fortunate enough to speak with her family and friends. Through them, I learned of her absolutely gorgeous soul. Mr. Nobles, thank you for sharing all of those terrific stories and photographs with us on Unit 74. We’ll never forget Sara and your family. We love you all!

  14. Sharon Mullins at · Reply

    So very sorry for your loss . I have tried to keep up with April about Sara’s progress and changes . Our church has prayed for your family and for Sara for God’s will to be done. And now He has wonderfully and completely healed her!!! The loss will be deep, but God is good, and the God of comfort. May His peace and love wrap you in His arms of care. Praying still…..s

  15. Jeff & Becky Randazzo at · Reply

    I have warm memories of Sara running through the house as a little kid, as I would visit with John at his home. I had not seen Sara for quite a while until John brought her up recently for a visit to New York. She was such a pleasure to be with and so full of life. My heart goes out to her family and friends and we will always remember the joy Sara brought!

  16. Marc Hessel at · Reply

    I knew Sara during our time at PK Yonge, and I used to remember how lively and silly she always was. Though my time of knowing her was not long, I’ll always remember those great days in high school at PK with the old, droopy trees that lined the campus. Her character reflected happiness, and selfless joy. She will be greatly missed. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and close friends. Though I am not able to make it to see Sara one last time, I am there in thought and spirit.

  17. Lori Cohen at · Reply

    Dear Noble family,

    my sincere and deepest condolences for the loss of beautiful Sara. my Niece Gina Cohen and Nephew Joe Cohen told me about their dear friend Sara a few years ago. I have considered it an honor to be praying for her.
    I know this is such a hard time for your family, but try to picture Sara rejoicing with all the Angels in heaven!

    I lost my Mother in 2004 and feel her with me very often. Be open to feeling and seeing little surprises that your Sara may leave around you to let you know that she is with you.
    God is the Great Comforter and will be with you every time you ask for Him!
    Peace and love
    Lori Cohen

  18. Regina French at · Reply

    John and Debby,
    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of Sara. I remember her as a little girl. She grew up to be a beautiful person. I hope you can find peace and comfort in the memories you have and the love she brought to your entire family.

  19. Pamela Winslow at · Reply

    Dear Nobles Family

    I remember your Sara as a teen at first Baptist. My daughter Stephanie and Sara were friends at church when we use to visit my mom Priscilla Combs. What a brave and beautiful young lady. The out pouring of remembrances are so heart felt.Heaven has certainly received an Angel. The young msn er and who drew her photo what a wonderful story heh wrote of his dear friend.

  20. Emily (Adams) Raphael at · Reply

    I knew Sara from the youth group at first baptist. She was such a bright person. Always kind and happy. I kept up with her on social media recently and she grew up to be such a beautiful woman. I am thankful to have known her. She touched many lives in her short time. I will miss her.

  21. Mike Kittel at · Reply

    John (Lt) and Debbie

    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Sara, and remember hearing stories about her when we all worked together. I could tell even before I met her she was a very special kind of girl. As hard as I am sure it is for you both, you can have comfort in knowing she is in a terrific place now and her soul is always with you both.

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