September 30, 1976 - June 11, 2021
Sarah Jane Valdez (nee Higgins), a loving wife, daughter, sister, and aunt, passed away on June 11, 2021. She was 44 years old. Born in New Jersey on September 30, 1976, she grew up in Haddon Heights. At age 12 she developed Type 1 diabetes which resulted in a heart attack in her 30’s and extremely poor vision. She bravely coped with all of these problems. A 1995 graduate of Haddon Heights High School, Sarah attended Eastern College and received her degree in 1999. The most important day in her life was in September 1992 when she came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior through the words of 1 Peter 3:18 and John 5:24. Another hallmark day in her life was her wedding day on May 28, 2013 to Gary Valdez. Sarah is survived by her loving husband Gary, her parents, Alexander and Ruth Higgins, her sister Leah Barnhardt (Paul), and her nephew and niece, Andrew and Rebekah Barnhardt as well as many other family members and friends. There were several things that Sarah especially enjoyed. She loved the children with whom she worked. She instructed them as an early childhood education teacher and as a nanny. She loved books, reading to children, and reading for her own personal growth and pleasure. She loved to travel and go on adventures with her beloved husband Gary. One of her favorite places to visit was Puerto Vallarta. Weekend trips for Sarah and Gary would often involve a visit to a new area of California to explore the scenery and sample the local restaurants. Her cancer diagnosis came as a shock to everyone. She courageously endured the pain and even attempted to regain strength to allow some treatment to occur. She was welcomed into her heavenly home on June 11th where she is with her Savior and free from diabetes, decreased vision, and cancer.
Sarah Jane Valdez (nee Higgins), a loving wife, daughter, sister, and aunt, passed away on June 11, 2021. She was 44 years old. Born in New Jersey on September 30, 1976, she grew up in Haddon Heights. At age 12 she developed Type 1 diabetes... View Obituary & Service Information
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