Sarah Devereux Rankin

BROOKLIN and PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Sarah Devereux Rankin’s beloved, selfless spirit left our world on Sunday, June 29, 2014, after her long struggle with cancer. Sarah passed away at her home in Portsmouth, N.H., surrounded by dear family and friends. She was born in Blue Hill on Dec. 21, 1978, and lived her early years in Brooklin.

Sarah attended Brooklin Elementary School, the Bay School and George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, where she was Class C State Champion in the 400-meter track event. Her junior year of high school was spent as an AFS student in Venezuela, making lifelong friends there. She attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. While there, she also excelled in art and captained the outdoor track team, setting several track records in competition. On Sept. 5, 2002, Sarah married Colin Maclean Rankin from Castine.

Sarah and Colin spent the next 12 years traveling and raising a family. As a Coast Guard family, they were stationed in Maine, Key West, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California and New Hampshire. Sarah worked as a counselor with women and children for several social organizations before starting her family. Son Cameron was born in 2005 and daughter Anabelle in 2007. She was a devoted mother and showed her children what a bright light they could be for this world. Sarah’s calm, quiet and nurturing nature will live on in Cameron, Anabelle and all the hearts she touched.

Surviving Sarah are her husband, Colin; son, Cameron; and daughter, Anabelle; brother, Gorham and his daughter, Meckenzie; sister, Erica Keay, her husband, Sean and daughter, Fiona; parents, Jane and Rick Clifton; grandparents, Peter and Nancy Cuthbert; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews. She is also survived by the entire Rankin family: Colin’s father, David Rankin and mother, Choo Whyte; their sons, David, James, Adam, and sister, Ingrid and their wives, partners and children. Sarah also leaves behind special friends, Amanda Allen and Melissa Grindal, and the deeply caring communities of the Blue Hill Peninsula and Elwyn Park, Portsmouth.

A celebration of Sarah’s life will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 27 River Road, Brooklin, at the home of her parents. This event will be a potluck picnic/BYOB from 3 to 8 p.m., open to all. In lieu of flowers, please consider this URL for the family:

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