Sarah Kate Chavez Shelton passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2019, at just 38 years young. Sarah was a San Jose, California native. Being the avid traveler she was, her travels led her to lay down roots in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Steve. Family was extremely important to Sarah. When she met and married the love of her life, Steve, she also gained a daughter Juliet, who she absolutely adored. They shared a truly beautiful bond and understanding with one another. The Shelton family also had two dogs, Daisy and Baudelaire, whom were her constant companions. Sarah was also extremely close to her dad Alex, brother Saul, stepmom Kelly, sister Hannah, brother Alex and niece Rose. Never was there a moment that she failed to express to them of how much she loved them all.
Sarah was particularly proud of her Native American Heritage (Honey Lake Maidu) and being a great-granddaughter X3 of Captain Jack. She was a tribal member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria based in Susanville, CA. Her father, Alex Chavez, is a Vietnam veteran. She was so proud of him. Sarah was an accomplished artist and musician. Spending her free time painting or performing with her band “The Brand” whom her husband Steve is also in. In addition, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, music, reading, caring for the animals that flocked to her, decorating, and working on projects for their family’s new home.
If there is one word to describe Sarah it would be remarkable. Remarkable daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. To know her was a priceless gift. Sarah had a powerful presence and was a warrior true to her Native American lineage. Everyone whom she interacted with truly felt connected with her. When you spoke she listened wholeheartedly and genuinely cared for your wellbeing. Sarah had such compassion for others and that is why so many people were drawn to her. Sarah said what she meant and meant what she said with no apologies and that is what made her beautiful. You always knew you were getting 100% authenticity. Sarah’s love was a safe place for so many and she was nothing short of amazing.
Memorial service will be at 12:00pm Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020.
After the memorial services, friends and family will be gathering at Lambda Meeting Hall from 2:30-5:00pm at 2622 N 16th Street (at Virginia Avenue) in Phoenix, AZ 85006. Next, we will be traveling to the George and Dragon Pub for remembrance and comradery from 5:00pm to close at 4240 N Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ 85012. We have The Brand custom memorial shirts for sale at $20 each. All of the benefits will go to the Shelton family to help alleviate financial pressure during this time.
There will be a memorial benefit show featuring the Glass Heroes on February 15, 2020 at the George and Dragon Pub located at 4240 N Central Avenue. To follow on February 16th, twelve bands will play all day in Sarah’s memory at Chopper John’s located at 2547 E Indian School Road, in Phoenix AZ 85016. Additionally, Sarah was recently featured in an article “A Tribute to The Brand’s Sarah Shelton” by Phoenix New Times Magazine. Find the link here: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/a-tribute-to-the-brands-sarah-shelton-11417255Print Obituary & Condolences