Sage Raye Nelson 55, Topeka, passed away early Monday, December 17, 2018 at a Topeka Hospital.
She was born Yvette Christina Smith on July 11, 1963 at Albuquerque, NM, the daughter of Kenneth Ray Smith and Arletta E. Sage. Sage grew up in the Rossville community and attended Rossville Schools.
She had lived in the Topeka and Rossville area most of her life. Sage was an over the road truck driver. She was a member of TAC Asatru Community and was very involved in the organization serving as Vice President. She was a registered Gydja (spiritual leader).
Sage was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing, crocheting, soap making and adored her granddaughter Lilly.
She was married to Jim Matyak, they were divorced. He preceded her in death along with her father Kenneth Ray Smith and a son Dalton McIntyre Nichols.
Survivors include her mother, Arletta E. Nichols, Minneapolis, Kansas; her son, Jeramy Matyak, Lyndon; two daughters, Karey Nichols and Katey Nichols both of Topeka; two sisters, Yvonne Church, Minneapolis, and Yolande Nichols, Topeka; her granddaughter Lillian Nichols; 4-Beloved Nephews and 1 Niece.
A Celebration of Life will be from 11:00 until 3:00 P.M. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Crestview Shelter House, 4901 Shunga Dr., Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made in Sage’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.