Kasilof resident Sarah Armstrong died in a car accident on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2007. She was 46.
There will be an outdoor funeral service for family members and friends at her home on South Cohoe Loop on Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.
Ms. Armstrong was born, with her twin sister Meg, in New York City on Jan. 10, 1961.
She grew up in Mt. Carroll, a small town in northwestern Illinois. Ms. Armstrong moved to Minneapolis to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, where she was a star member of the crew team. She completed her J.D., cum laude, at the University of Minnesota Law School in1988.
Ms. Armstrong joined the law firm of Faegre and Benson in the same year and, as a member of their environmental law team, she supported cases that helped save the lives of black-footed ferrets, whales and elk. In 1989, Sarah joined the Faegre team that would come to Alaska to represent fishermen whose livelihoods had been damaged by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
She received the 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year award as co-counsel in Exxon Valdez Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
In Alaska, Ms. Armstrong met the love of her life, Dean Osmar, and the two married on March 21, 2002. Like many Alaskans, her life was split into two seasons. In summer, she became a commercial setnetter and in winter, a dog musher. She loved to go to the Caribou Hills with her husband, to run sled dogs all night, with only the glow of moonlight lighting their way. She loved and took good care of their dogs and saved their lives many times.
Her faithful friend Bernie, Hermann the Ermine, and all of the other woodland companions she rehabilitated and nurtured miss her very much. She also took care of Houdini, a pot-bellied pig and local escape artist.
She had a beautiful garden and shared her love of flowers and cooking with everyone.
Ms. Armstrong was preceded in death by her father, Andrew.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dean; mother, Joanne; sisters Meg and Jenny; stepfather, Don; and nephew and nieces, Bruno, Sofia and Jessica.
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