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Sarah Jean Tatum

Sarah Jean Tatum, a senior at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, who's shopping acumen and expertise meant job security for many retail outlet employees in the Tar Heel state and beyond, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Thursday, April 2 in Manning, S.C. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sarah's twin sister MaryAnne, remains hospitalized at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston due to injuries from the same incident.

Sarah, 22, was born in Greenville, S.C. and was an employee of the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Restaurant in Chapel Hill. With a passport in one hand and a spatula in the other, Sarah loved to travel anywhere her mom's airline would take her, most recently, spending the summer as an au pair for a host family in Milan, Italy, where she learned the delicacies of Italian cuisine and the challenges of teaching English to two "le ragazze." (This might also explain her fascination with British television).

A brainiac in her own right, she graduated from Wilmington's New Hanover High School in 2011 with honors and was to graduate from UNC in May with a degree in Communications. At New Hanover was where she shined academically (like her sister) and molded friendships with many who she will continue to watch over.

Spirited and vibrant, Sarah is survived by her loving mother Lisa Tatum of Wilmington and father David Tatum of Garner, N.C., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and family stretching from the East Coast to the West Coast and beyond. She is preceded in death by grandmom Jean Tatum and granddad Arthur Tatum of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. and grandmom MaryAnne Talley of Wilmington.

Although she will be missed, forgetting her will be impossible. And each time we see really loud obnoxious clothes, feast on mini Cadbury eggs (the milk chocolate kind of course), hear that certain "Uptown Funk" song that makes us breakout in unfortunate dance moves while singing at the top of our lungs, chow down on a chicken biscuit or laugh at a Kevin Hart movie, we know her spirit is with us.

Please visit Sarah and MaryAnne's CaringBridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarahmaryannetatum for continued updates on MaryAnne's progress and updates on the celebration of Sarah's life.

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