Saturday Services Set for Sedgwick Student

Students at John Sedgwick Junior High School learned on Monday that one of their classmates, Heather Marie Stanford, 15, had died on Sunday.
“At this time we have no further information or details concerning this tragedy,” said Principal Jay Villars, in a letter to students’ families sent home Monday.
Stanford passed away Sunday of unknown causes at a home in the 8300 block of SE Southworth Drive, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.
“At this point, the demise of Heather Marie Stanford is being investigated as an unexpected death,” Wilson said. “Her death is not being classified as suspicious.”
The Kitsap County Coroner is awaiting results of toxicology tests done as part of an autopsy.
Counselors have been on hand at John Sedgwick throughout the week to talk with students and staff members. Stanford, a ninth grader, was remembered at the school with cards and flowers set around the flagpole on Tuesday and a moment of silence on Wednesday.
According to an obituary that ran in the Kitsap Sun Thursday, Stanford was born Oct. 1, 1993, to Cristie and Edward Stanford, and she grew up in Port Orchard. She was an artist, loved to cook, enjoyed fashion and recently did some modeling. She loved old Chevys and being outdoors.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. May 9 at Evergreen Baptist Church, 5775 SE Sedgwick Road in Port Orchard. An online guest book is available at

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