Sara Lynn Montrey
January 9, 2013
Sara Lynn Montrey (nee Gardner), of Sammamish, passed away Dec. 6, 2012, at the age of 35.
Sara was born Dec. 13, 1976, in Hackensack, N.J., the daughter of Gerald Gardner and Barbara Terzano Gardner.
She was raised in New Jersey, primarily Ringwood, and graduated from Lakeland Regional High School before earning her Bachelor of Science from the Information Studies School of Syracuse University.
In college, Sara rowed crew and played rugby for the university.
She moved to New York City shortly after college to become one of the early Web developers at HotJobs.com.
Her career path led to senior technical project management roles at Yahoo, WebMD and Conde Nast Portfolio.com. After moving to Seattle in 2008, Sara became the director of project management and interactive production for Lionfish Creative.
Vivacious, ebullient, charitable, loving and fiercely independent, Sara will be remembered as an outstanding member of the community, endlessly giving to a variety of organizations in need.
She was as unafraid of adventure as she was of strapping on a fabulous pair of 4-inch heels to her 6-foot-tall self to go dancing. She traveled the world laughing and flashing that 1,000-watt smile.
And when she wasn’t snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa, roaming the streets of Rome, gallivanting in New York City, working in India, basking on a beach somewhere or driving across the country, she remained an active athlete, running and doing yoga. That, and playing/fighting with her attack cat, Bay.
The trappings of modern communications brought her closer than ever to her loved around the world, but Sara would be the first one on a plane if you needed her by your side. Her courage during the past six months cannot be overstated.
She will be forever remembered by her beloved spouse Maxmilian “Jody” Montrey; father and stepmother Gerald and Mary Gardner; mother Barbara Terzano Gardner; brothers Gregory and Alex; stepbrothers Justin and Cody Walters; paternal grandmother Carol Gates; maternal grandmother Mary Lannino; aunts Gloria (Nic) Wildeman, Galyn (Brent Whiting) Gardner and Donna Terzano; her favorite nephew Jack Montrey; as well as her cousins, friends and co-workers.
In lieu of a service, Sara wanted us all to have a party to celebrate life. Special thanks to SCCA and Swedish/Issaquah hospital for their care during her journey. Thank you to Flintoft’s Issaquah for their attention to the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Sara’s favorite local charity: Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, 603 Stewart St., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98101.