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Sage Raye Nelson

December 17, 2018

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.

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23 thoughts on “Sage Raye Nelson

  1. I am saddened and shocked to hear of Sage’s passing. Such a talented woman who touched many lives. Prayers to you all as you grieve her loss and may your memories give you comfort. She is now with her beloved son forever and always.

  2. We are so sorry to hear this sad news….I was so blessed to Babysit for Karey, Katey and Dalton, those are very dear memories I hold close to my heart. May the Lord Jesus give you all his sweet comfort. love you, all, Tom and Karen Leeper

  3. Arletta, I was saddened to hear of your daughters passing. My condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.

  4. Sage,
    I only knew you through my time with TAC, you taught me a lot and helped guide me through my beginning on this path, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.
    To the family, there are no words of mine that may assuage your grief, just know that Sage was loved by many, and she will not be forgotten.

  5. Sorry to hear of your all’s loss I got to know. Sage from when I lived in Rossville and down the street from them all. She was a very loving and caring woman and taken way to soon. Pray’s to you at this time of sorrow. RIP Sage

  6. I only knew you for the better part of 2 years but in that time you helped me immensely and I will be forever grateful. You will be missed Sage

  7. It saddeneds my heart to learn of Sage’s passing. It’s been a true blessing getting to know the her and the family over these many years. Yvette…you will be sorely missed. I’m sure your reunion with Dalton was something to behold. Until we meet again…

  8. Sage!! you were truly a beautiful soul and a beautiful artist and a beautiful strong woman who loved and cared for her family as much as she could and in the small time I got to meet you and hang out with you I had the best time. rest in heaven you beautiful soul.

  9. So sorry for your loss.
    Sage was a truly amazing woman and I am honored for the few months I knew her. She touched so many lives.

  10. You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.
    Rest easy.

  11. Sage will be greatly missed! I valued her insight and her friendship. I wish her spirit a safe journey and I toast in her honor this Yule Season! You are all in my good thoughts and ceremony!

  12. Katey, Karey, Arletta and family.. I am so very sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have been friends with Sage. I know she will be deeply missed. May your family be blessed and given strength to deal with this loss. You’re all like family to us. We’re here if you need anything. RIP Sage..

    Billie Welch and Family

  13. I cannot describe how blessed I am to have known you. Though it saddens me deeply that you have passed, I know in my heart your at peace with Dalt. I will cherish every memory.

    Until we meet again

    Blessed be

  14. I am so sorry Arletta and family for the loss of Sage…Yvette…Seems she was too young to leave…My love and deepest sympathy to all of you… Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

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