Sarah Gust, 62, peacefully entered eternal life surrounded by family on Saturday September 26th 2015 after a long illness, but her trademark stubbornness and tell-it-like-it-is personality will never be forgotten.
Sarah was born in Fargo, graduated high school from Mapleton and worked for American Crystal Sugar for many years. In 2012, she graduated with honors, receiving her Associates in accounting. She also retired that year.
Sarah was world renowned for not holding back her opinions. She was highly proficient in cursing and she liked four-letter words just about as much as she loved traveling and cross-country road trips. She always told the truth, even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. But for what she lacked in stature, she made up in generosity and charisma. She worked very hard and long hours for many years, but selflessly sacrificed a lot for her children as a single mother.
Sarah loved riding her motorcycles. In fact, I guarantee she’s riding one now and if you close your eyes and tilt your head just so you can hear her revving her Harley, grinning ear-to-ear, wildly laughing. She also enjoyed spending her time outdoors. Sarah especially loved the beach, watching and listening while the waves crashed into the shore, walking the shoreline collecting seashells. More than anything, though, Sarah overwhelmingly loved her grandchildren. She loved to talk about them, shop for them and of course she wanted to spend every minute she possibly could with them.
Almost as much as Sarah loved her soaps, she also dearly loved her children. Famously opinionated and short-tempered, Sarah handed down those qualities to her daughter Cody (Dan), 31 of Fargo, ND. She passed on her kind-heartedness and general happiness to her son, Tyler (Natalie), 28 of Claremont, NC. Sarah took extreme pride in her three adorable grandchildren Peyton Nissen (5), Evelyn Portlock (4) and Abram Portlock (1) who will all affectionately remember her as “Gramma.”
Sarah is also survived by her brothers Jim (Christie) of Wisconsin, Danny (Janel) of ND and sister, Gloria (Marvin) of ND. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Dan and Mary Gust, and her daughter Amanda Nissen.
We send tremendous amounts of thanks to the amazing team of doctors, nurses and staff at Hennepin County Medical Center MICU for not only providing care and comfort but peace and tranquility in our mother’s transition from this life into the next.
Immediate family will gather privately, at later time, for a mandatory Blue Moon beer, for a final toast in Sarah’s honor, the greatest mom in the world.