(I am posting this especially for our out-of-town family and friends who may not get to see the 2011 Rex Allen Days Program, which was distributed in Willcox this week. Words cannot express our gratitude to the Rex Allen Days, Inc. Board for doing this.)
From "Welcome by Michelle Mullins, RAD President, page 5 of the Rex Allen Days program:
"The Rex Allen Days Inc. Board would like to dedicate Rex Allen Days 2011 to Earl Moser and Sarah Broeder. Throughout the years, Earl has been a long time sponsor and huge supporter, allowing his business to be used as a 'headquarters' for Rex Allen Days. Sarah worked side-by-side with her father, Chuck Broeder, helping him with the Parade from 2008-2010. Earl and Sarah were 'good buddies' and always had a smile for you. We are so thankful to have known each of them. They both contributed so much to the success of our event. They will be greatly missed."
From page 9 of the 2011 Rex Allen Days program:
Dedication: Sarah Rose Catherine Broeder
Sarah Rose Catherine Broeder was born March 12, 1995, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Chuck and Carol (Rose) Broeder. She moved with her family to Willcox in February of1996.
She attended First Baptist Christian School (now Joanne Todd Christian School), as well as Willcox Middle and High Schools. She was a homeschooling high school student, who was also working toward earning her Associates Degree at the Cochise College campus in Willcox. She planned to become a Labor and Delivery Nurse, though Veterinary Medicine was a strong second choice. At the time of her death, she worked at both McDonald's and the Rex Allen Theater. She had also worked at Apple Annie's Farm, Encore Dance Academy, and her family's shop, Cheery Cows Antiques and Collectibles.
Sarah Rose was active at Sacred Heart Church as an Altar Server, Lector, and Eucharistic Minister, as well as being a Catechism Teacher's Aide and helped our pastor Fr. Stein to train new altar servers. She danced competitively with Encore Dance Academy, was a talented musician (clarinet); an award-winning photographer, and contributed to TAG Magazine.
She had the lifelong dream of going to college at her mother's alma mater, Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, for their "awesome" dance and music programs. At the time of her death, she was looking forward to the possibility of playing the clarinet in band again, and dreamed of becoming a Drum Major for the Willcox High School Marching Band while her sister Elizabeth was Flagline Captain. She also hoped to expand her musical ability by learning to play the cello.
Since moving to Willcox as a baby, Sarah Rose attended all of the Rex Allen Days Festivals. She participated in the Parade over the years with Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Worley-Ellis Dance Studio, and Encore Dance Academy.
She was a tremendous help to her Dad when he was Chairman of the Parade Committee from 2008 through 2010.
Sarah Rose went home to be with the Lord on May 30, 2011, in Willcox, Ariz.