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Tragic death of SFA biology professor saddens community

Dr. Sarah Canterberry, 39,  funeral service was Monday after dying from a tragic accident on Friday while using a mechanical tool. (Source: Dignity Memorial) Dr. Sarah Canterberry, 39, funeral service was Monday after dying from a tragic accident on Friday while using a mechanical tool. (Source: Dignity Memorial)
Pictured is Dr. Sarah Canterberry working in a SFA lab in 2012. (Source: KTRE Staff) Pictured is Dr. Sarah Canterberry working in a SFA lab in 2012. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Chireno woman leaves behind a husband and two children, parents, siblings, extended family, friends, and colleagues. (Source: Dignity Memorial) The Chireno woman leaves behind a husband and two children, parents, siblings, extended family, friends, and colleagues. (Source: Dignity Memorial)
CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) -

Funeral services for Stephen F. Austin State University biology professor Dr. Sarah Canterberry were held Monday. 

According to SFA's communication director, the 39-year old was killed tragically Friday while using machinery at her home. 

Canterberry will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and scientists across the state.

A lab is where Canterberry, a molecular biologist, practiced her science. The president of the Texas Genetics Society researched deadly viruses in order to save lives. Canterberry talked about it on East Texas News in 2012.

"There are new technologies at the molecular level,” Canteberry said in 2012. “Can we specifically target these viruses and prevent them from replicating? We're really looking at ways we can stop the viruses in their tracks."

A tribute conveys the young Texas A&M University alum's penchant for taking the less- traveled road in order to make a difference. Fortunately, the former Chireno cheerleader followed a road back to SFA.

"Dr. Canterberry recently received her 10-year pin for 10 years of service here on the SFA faculty and also received an award for teaching excellence,” said Shirley Luna, SGA’s communications director.

In the midst of preparing for finals and graduation, students and former students are organizing a vigil. It's an unexpected loss to so many.  

"Even though she taught a subject, biology, that's not known to be an easy subject, she was dearly loved by her students,” Luna said. “She was a great asset to the university."

However, no scientific knowledge can match the love this Chireno Baptist Sunday School teacher had for a husband and their two young children. Colleagues will see that the science continues. There's not yet a formula for replacing the love when a family member tragically loses a life. 

On Wednesday, May 9, a student-led memorial gathering honoring the life of Dr. Sarah Canterberry will be held in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The event will begin at 5 p.m. All are welcome. 
     
Any questions about the event may be directed to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

“A terrible tragedy has claimed the life of a Chireno woman late Friday night,” a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 11:45 p.m. where the victim was found on her property.

NCSO investigators found that Canteberry was working in a barn on a property when an accident with a power tool caused her death, the press release stated.

“Sheriff Bridges stated that this was a horrible accident that claimed the life of a brilliant young lady who leaves behind her husband and two children, the press release stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Canteberry family. “We would ask our community to keep this family in your prayers.”

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