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Jill Raye Abrahamson, 44, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Dec. 18, 2017.
She was born June 19, 1973 in Cambridge, Mass., a daughter of Warren and Chris (Harmon) Abrahamson.

Jill attended schools in Lewisburg, Lake Placid, Fla., Flagstaff, Ariz., and graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1991. Graduating from Gettysburg College in 1995 with a degree in environmental science and biology, Jill continued graduate education at Penn State Harrisburg. She also graduated from Leadership Susquehanna Valley and participated in Penn State's PA Rural Leadership Program.

After college, Jill's love of nature and animals took her to North Carolina at the YMCA's Camp Sea Gull, where she enjoyed serving as a naturalist educator sharing her knowledge of and love for nature with numerous elementary school children. Jill subsequently worked for University of Florida in the Florida Everglades studying the endangered Everglade snail kite. She helped with field research at Archbold Biological Station, which resulted in a publication on Florida Scrub fire ecology co-authored with her father in 1996. Returning to Lewisburg, Jill spent several years as an environmental planner/zoning officer with the Union County Planning Department before joining Alumni Relations at Bucknell University. During her 14 years at Bucknell, Jill planned alumni events and directed Bucknell's alumni travel program. She loved to travel and one of her favorite travel programs was to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and Peru's Machu Picchu, a trip that she co-led with her biology professor father. Jill also shared several alumni trips with her husband to Italy, the Baltic region, and more.

Jill had great empathy and compassion for people. While at Gettysburg College, she was deeply involved in the effort to bring the AIDS quilt to Gettysburg. In 2014, Jill founded with her mother, a Lewisburg chapter of Jewelry Shop for Mom. They gathered donated jewelry and created matched sets, which were provided to the Valley's Head Start children to gift to their mother on Mother's Day.

Dearly loved by her family, Jill was predeceased by her grandparents Warren and Alice Abrahamson and Donald Harmon and also by one cousin Cody Greenman.

She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Matt Sauers and her parents, Warren and Christy Abrahamson. Jill loved Matt's children, Andrew and Hannah Sauers, as if they were her own. She is also survived by her grandmother, Joyce Harmon; and aunts and uncles Sheryl (Abrahamson) and Budde Reed, Cynda (Harmon) and Jim Greenman, and Cheryl (Harmon) and Gib Felmlee; as well as cousins; Brett Binkley, Sara Tow, Ryan Reed, Donald Felmlee, Nick Felmlee, and Drew Greenman. Jill leaves behind her beloved goldendoodle, Riley, who like her family will miss her so dearly.

There will be a private service at the convenience of the family.

Jill loved nature and animals. Donations can be made in Jill's memory to Archbold Biological Station, Attn: Development, 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL 33960 or online www.archbold-station.org], place that she treasured, or to Mostly Mutts Dog Shelter, 284 Little Mountain Road, Sunbury, PA 17801, or online http://www.mostlymuttsonline.com/] for some of the animals that she loved.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on December 20, 2017
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