Sarah Hlavinka served Dallas well


Sarah Emily Hlavinka, 74, a resident of Dallas, Ore., died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Isabel, the daughter of Samuel E. and Emma Kern Guyer. She attended schools in both McIntosh and McLaughlin.
She married Leonard Charles Hlavinka on Sept. 3, 1954, in McLaughlin. They moved from South Dakota to Corvallis, Ore., and have lived in Dallas since 1968.
Emily loved children and worked for Dallas Child Care, Dallas Child World at the Dallas High School and was a teacher’s aide at Whitworth School working with the special education children. She loved to be a part of her grandchildren’s activities whether in sports, dance or music. Her love of children had no end, from raising her own five children, singing and laughing with all children and even taking in foster children. She was a member of the St. Philip Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society.
Emily was very active in the community but was never one to look for praise and honor. She was, however, honored in 1999 at the Chamber Award Banquet for her service to the community of Dallas. She selflessly has taken care of her family and many others, even turning down a job for which she had applied, but was needed at home during a critical time in the family. It was a weekly trip on Saturdays to take elderly ladies shopping and have a visit. Emily was Leonard’s driver for the past 15 years in the many services and activities that he is involved with in the community as well. Here is a quote from Emily, “If you have a job to do, do it and do it well.”
The family of Emily would graciously like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers and gifts of food. Also a thank you to Gentiva Hospice for their loving care.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard of Dallas; sons, Rick Hlavinka of Bandon, Ore., and Dale (Dianna) Hlavinka of Dallas; daughters, Lureen (Steve) Bogen of Willamina, Ore., Monica (Jon) Tillman of Kuna, Idaho, Sheila (Dave) Seabourn of Monmouth, Ore.; along with grandchildren, Celeste Ray, Devin (Molly) Hlavinka, Tiffany (Dan) Andreas, Brennan Andre, Zach (Marrin) Hlavinka, Stephanie (Adam) VanPatten, Sara Lytle, Bret Andre, Kyle Hlavinka, Stacie Frisbie, Amanda Tillman, Jonni Tillman, Tanner Hlavinka, David Seabourn and Stacey Seigfried; and 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way.  Also surviving is a sister, Frances Nix.
She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, MeKenzie Hlavinka, two sisters and one brother.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.
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