Sara Ann Whitehouse, 74, slipped away peacefully at the Libby Care Center on Sunday, January 9, 2022, after a long battle with COPD. She was born on July 27, 1947 in Libby to Duane and Mildred (Baeth) Whitehouse. She grew up in Libby and graduated from Libby High School in 1965.
After high school, Sara attended beauty school in Spokane. She married Jim Aver in 1973 and welcomed son, Erik, in 1981. He was the joy of her life and is now a professor of physics at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Sara was proud to help run an auto detailing small business with her then husband in the early 1990’s, and she graduated from the Lincoln County Campus of Flathead Valley Community College with her Associate’s Degree in 1998.
Sara’s favorite pastime was spending time at the family cabin on Bitterroot Lake since 1955. Year round, she spent many holidays and special occasions at the lake. She loved camping with family and potlucks in the backyard. She also enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage. There were many family get-togethers at the Whitehouse home playing tripoley, pinochle, and bunco.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Duane and Mildred, and brothers, Kent and Roy. She is survived by her son, Erik; nieces Jackie and Heidi; Uncle and Aunt Brad and Shirley Beath; Aunt May Granlund; many cousins, including Janie, Reenie, Gloria, Paula, Diane, Tony, and his wife Cindy; and countless friends, including her close friend since high school, Carol, and her close friend and former neighbor, Jo.
Services for Sara will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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