Sara Elizabeth Carlson was born August 15, 1976, at Laramie, WY, to Michael and Gloria Stoddard Carlson. She grew up in Laramie and graduated from Laramie High School. She moved to Mitchell and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a BA degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice. On June 7, 1997, she married Allen Lepke. She had been employed at Abbott House, Dale Carnegie Training, and was the Director of Operations at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce. She had currently owned her own website business Freestar Creative. In addition she was the Web Coordinator at Dakota Wesleyan University and was enrolled in the DWU Nursing Program.
She is survived by two daughters, Taylor Jean Lepke and Claire Julia Lepke of Mitchell, her mother, Gloria Stoddard and husband Vijay Sethi of Laramie, WY, her father, Mike Carlson and wife Lynn of Cheyenne, WY, one brother, James Michael Carlson and wife Andrea of Bend, OR, one step-sister, Caroline Druckman of Philadelphia, PA, two step-brothers, Kevin Sethi of Denton, TX and Ian Sethi of Lexington, KY. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Anna and her grandparents.