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Sara Elizabeth Engbring Edwards – Carbondale May 15, 2014

CARBONDALE — Sara Elizabeth Engbring Edwards, 36, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at her home.

Sara was born Sept. 21, 1977, in Carbondale, the daughter of Peter and Gina Barringer Engbring.

She married Herb Edwards on May 13, 2014, in Carbondale.

Survivors include her husband, Herb of Carbondale; 4-year-old daughter, Zia Angelina of Carbondale; sister, Katie (Brian) Carlson and niece, Nora of Chicago; mother, Gina Engbring of Alto Pass; grandparents, Jerome and Lucy Engbring of Valmeyer; aunts and uncles, John (Teri) Engbring of Corvalis, Oregon, Tim Engbring of Valmeyer, Jeff (Rita) Engbring of Cobden, Paul (Grace) Engbring of Telluride, Colorado, Miguel Engbring of Maeystown, Mary (Jim) Estep of Sacramento, California, Tom (Katherine) Engbring of Camden, North Carolina, Susan Engbring of Alto Pass, Jim Engbring of Phoenix and Charlie (Laurie) Engbring of Savannah, Georgia; a multitude of cousins; and best friend, Sivoney Alaniz of Carbondale.

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Engbring; grandparents, Mary Angelina and Bobby Joe Barringer of Carbondale; and aunt, Kathi (Hesterberg) Engbring of Maeystown.

Sara attended Cobden Grade School and Cobden High School. She was a free spirit who loved traveling and camping all over the country. She lived and worked in Arkansas and Arizona before settling back in Southern Illinois to help care for her dad and grandparents.

Her greatest joy in her life was her daughter, Zia. Sara worked as a seamstress and had an artistic talent that was evident in her beautifully intricate beaded jewelry. All the women in her family possess a token of her handiwork.

Sara survived the last four years with courage and strength and passed this life with grace and dignity. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

No services or visitation will be conducted. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be Sunday, June 1, in Alto Pass.

Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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