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Serenity Janet Allen

07/12/1978 - 09/21/2016

Serenity (Sera) Janet Stewart was born July 12, 1978 at Doctors Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to Dale Mason and Marilyn Petersen Stewart. Sera was raised in Tempe, AZ along with her three brothers, Beau, Matt and Roy. As the sparkle in the family, she was always happy, smiling, a joy to be around, and making friends wherever she went. When she was eight, she learned to braid hair, and eventually playing with hair became her life’s work as a Corona del Sol High School and International Academy of Hair Design beauty school graduate in 1996.

She met her husband, Ryan Allen, when he came in for a hair cut and, although they had lived within a mile of each other their whole lives, this was the meeting that was the start of a beautiful family. Ryan and Sera married on May 16, 1998 at her parent’s home in Tempe, AZ and have four wonderful boys – Hayden R Allen, Porter D Allen, Owen G Allen and Sawyer S Allen; their boys were the light and love of her life.

She was a wonderful mother, always thinking of fun places to go and things to do, and loved camping and being outdoors. Sera and Ryan moved to Cache Valley, UT in 2003 and stayed for 8 years where she made many lasting friendships. They moved back to Arizona in 2011, they were able to buy their dream home in San Tan Valley where she started making new friends.  She went to work at Salon G and made friends with coworkers and clients and she reconnected with all her friends from childhood. Her favorite holiday was the 4th of July and she loved the parade in Show Low, AZ where they went each holiday. She loved family and friends, and was always interested in what was happening in their lives. She celebrated their triumphs and mourned their sadness, and was a friend to all who met her.

She died September 21st after a 19 month battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 4, brain cancer. Survived by her husband, Ryan; her boys, Hayden, Porter, Owen and Sawyer; her mother, Marilyn Stewart; her brothers, Beaudry (Amy) Stewart and Roy (Hillary) Stewart; her sisters, Wendy (Bob) Kitts, Penny (Vic) Markiewicz and DaleAnn Stewart; Nieces and Nephews, numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. She is joining her father, Dale Stewart, her brother, Matthew Stewart, her grandparents, Homer and Alma Petersen and her Nana, Margaret Stewart.

A Celebration of Life will be held October 8th, at The Falls Event Center, 4635 E Baseline Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234. In lieu of flowers we request donations to the family for their needs.


  • Nancy Christensen

    I have followed Sers story and have felt her strength and positive attitude through her trials. She has been such an example. Love your family and prayers will be for all of you.

  • Ken &Candi Hanlen

    Sera touched the life’s so many people including mine . Such a beautiful girl with a Beautiful Heart . She was one of strongest and Bravest warrior that I had the honor of knowing. RIP sweet Beautiful girl I will miss you everyday. My love and prayers going out to the Family.

  • Ken &Candi Hanlen

    Sera touched the life’s of so many people including mine . Such a beautiful girl with a Beautiful Heart . She was one of strongest and Bravest warrior’s that I had the honor of knowing. RIP sweet Beautiful girl I will miss you everyday. My love and prayers going out to the Family.

  • Sera was a beautiful soul and a awesome hair stylist, She had a smile that would light up the whole room. She will be missed greatly! My thoughts and prayers are with her Family today and always. Love you Sera

  • Bronson and Crista Hatch

    Sending our thoughts and prayers! Thinking of you all. Sera was diagnosed with cancer just after our son was. As close friends to Beau and Amy, my husband and I have followed her journey very closely, prayed for her and rooted for her. We are deeply saddened for all of the family members and friends that have lost such a beautiful woman! Our prayers are with you!!

  • I wish I had known Seera years ago instead of so recently, she was such a delight to be around. Even at her sickest moments she would smile her mega watt smile at me an welcome me with a hug. Her joy in Life was palpable and infectious. My brief friendship with her has changed how I think of adversity and what I thought I knew about courage and strength. Be at peace , my friend, your absence is deeply felt and your presence truy was a gift to me and many others. To Sera’s family and children, I can only imagine your sorrow at losing such a loving, beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend. I am so thankful for being in her life (even for such a brief time) and feel blessed beyond measure.

  • Your family is in my prayers. I was blessed to grow up with Sera just down the street. She was an amazing person and I am lucky to know her and her family. Her courage and strength was an amazing example to me.

  • DeLyle and Annette Bennett

    We love u and all your family. Wish we could have been to The Celebration of life for Sera today. Love to all.

  • From one GBM warrior to another GBM warrior family: Be kind to one another and make many memories! LIFE IS TOO SHORT HERE ON EARTH! God’s blessings!

  • Sara. Was a life time friend of the family . Sarah and Roy grew up with my niece and nephew Jenny and Michael Hanlin .Sara and Roy live next door to Grandma Hanlin. .Sara was a beautiful person inside and out .she well be greatly missed by all . Heavenly Father well take good care of his beautiful angel….
    Prayers for her family and especially her children and husband my prayers thoughts and my heart are with all of you

  • I cannot even begin to imagine what you’re going through and my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss. As you process the loss of Sera don’t be afraid to cry knowing that each tear sends a note of love to heaven. In sympathy – Patti

  • Cynthia Vandergriff

    I had never met Sera,but know her three older sisters quite well. She has been in my prayers through out her battle.

  • I met Sera when she came to work for me at the USU Barbershop . We Instantly became friends , because that’s just the kind of person Sera was. The kind when you met her you thought you knew her your whole life. She loved her boys with her whole heart , they were her everything. I loved her so much and will miss her fiercely. I am so sorry for you’re loss.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss, and I wanted to offer you some comfort in this hard time. You can draw hope from the Bibles promise of a time when there will there be no more death, and we will see our dead loved ones again. (Revelation 21:3, 4) For more comforting scriptures please visit the article linked below.

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