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Sarah Helen Salinas

February 19, 2018

Sarah Helen Salinas, 38, died in an automobile accident near Belvue on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Sarah was born August 10, 1979, at Albuquerque, NM. the daughter of Homero Salinas and Sylvia Maez.  She moved to the St. Marys community at an early age and graduated from St. Marys Academy and attended St. Marys College.

She had been a dispatcher for the Wamego Police Department for the past 10 years.  Sarah was a member of Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.

Sarah was preceded in death by her step-father, John Cooney; grandparents, Horacio and Helen Maez and Heraclio Salinas.

Survivors include her four daughters, Olivia, Gabriella, Isabella and Lydia: her mother, Sylvia Cooney;  her father, Homero Salinas; two brothers, David and Paul; sisters, Rose, Clare, Bridget, Mary, Anne, Rita, and Helen; her grandmother,  Aurora Gonzalez Vargas.

Requiem Mass will be at 6:50 A.M. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Assumption Chapel.  Interment will be in Our Lady Of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys.  Sarah will lie in state from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Monday, February 26, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home.  A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Monday at Assumption Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made for the Salinas children or to help offset the funeral expenses and sent in care of the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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13 thoughts on “Sarah Helen Salinas

  1. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to you, Sylvia,to Sarah’s daughters, to Homer and David, and to all the family. We send our love.
    Sarah was a delightful person and I remember her as a student of mine- intelligent, always cheerful, always a ready smile, always respectful..
    I recalled with a certain sense of irony that at one time, as her teacher, I gave her instructions and she followed them. Later in life, when she was a dispatcher, she gave us instructions when alerting us to an EMS call, and we followed them. I was always proud to hear her voice on the radio, a professional and gifted person to handle the pressures and challenges routinely faced by a 911 dispatcher.
    May she rest in peace, and may God reward her for what she has done to reassure and to assist so many others, and for her vigilance for the safety of the responders she dispatced over the years.
    May God grant you all solace and peace.

  2. Homero, so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jerry & Bev Ries

  3. To all of the family, especially Sarah’s beautiful girls and her parents, words cannot express deeply enough the pain that we feel for your loss. Sarah was such a beautiful person inside and out. I have so many great memories of her and all of the good times we had back in the day at the academy; such a sweet person. May God and Our Lady hold her and all of her loved ones in Their arms. Prayers are with you all..

  4. Homero & Family: We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Shawnee County Communications Center Family’s prayers are with you, & my family’s prayers are w/you, too. Take care, & God Bless; Slainte!! Erin Kelly & her Belt Boys

  5. “Oscar”, It’s never easy to lose someone, especially suddenly and so young. You and the rest of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. God will see you through.

  6. Homero,
    My heart is heavy because I know what you are feeling right now and I wish I didn’t. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. The Kirk family is praying for you and your family during this most painful time. May the God of peace sustain you during this most difficult time.
    Tony Kirk and Family

  7. Sincere condolence for the tragic loss of your mother.
    Our earth is full of pain, suffering, and sorrow. Losing a loved one in death was never part of our Grand Creators purpose for humans.
    God has promised to reunite us with our loved ones and to do away with our greatest enemy death.
    Isaiah 25:8: “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken it.”
    Revelation 21: 3,4 promises: “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
    May the hope in these scriptures bring you comfort and strength to endure during this difficult time. visit jw.org

  8. Sylvia and Family,
    Our hearts are with you all. May your many wonderful memories of Sarah bring you peace.

    Shelly, Dale and Eliza Rezac

  9. Olivia, Gabriella, Isabella, and Lydia,
    My heart and prayers are with you at this time in your lives. Please allow yourselves to feel God’s loving embrace of His arms around you as you journey on, remembering how blessed you were to have Sarah as your Mother here on earth. You must grow quickly close to your spiritual Mother, now, for Mary knows our human losses. Your Mom was a beautiful light here on earth and she now shines around you as you journey on. You all are loved by many in this community and your pain of loss affects us all. Stay the bright and beautiful young ladies that you are to make your Mom proud of all your decisions through this life. My deepest love to all of you! (You each have brightened the days that I have shared with you! I look forward to many more.)

  10. I remember a bright young face in my class many years ago. Sarah was always willing to learn, and, even when she did not do well, took everything with a good heart. May she now find her way swiftly to the Eternal Classroom of Our Lady, Queen of Saint Mary’s. Prayers always from all my family.

  11. Sarah, Although we never met up again after high school I can see that you never lost your beautiful smile. Rest in Peace.

  12. I had the pleasure of knowing Sarah and visiting with her yearly at the City of Wamego. She was always cheerful and wearing her smile bringing joy to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. God bless and keep her family. May she RIP. Our condolences and prayers. The Payne Family

  13. Dear Silvia Cooney and Family:
    Our family is praying for your family, we are sorry for your loss. May God grant you the peace you need in your heart to deal with the pain of the loss of your daughter.
    The Cervantes Family

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