SILVERDALE, Kan. (KAKE) - The mother of a 35-year-old woman who drowned in a south-central Kansas creek over the weekend says her daughter died while saving her 10-year-old son. 

The Cowley County Sheriff's Office said Sarah (Kanelakos) Ouellet passed away Saturday after she and her son became stranded in Grouse Creek east of Arkansas City. The boy was found clinging to a limb and taken to the hospital. 

"She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and loyal friend," Sarah's mother, Kimberly, said on a GoFundMe page. "Our biggest concern is her three children."

Kimberly said Sarah was a single mom raising a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.

"The love and devotion for her children was bigger than this world, she truly died a hero," the GoFundMe says.

More than $3,100 had been raised as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. Click here if you'd like to donate.


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A 35-year-old woman has died and her son was hospitalized after they were stranded in a south-central Kansas creek Saturday afternoon.

The sheriff's office and EMS responded at around 3:40 p.m. to the report of two people in Grouse Creek reek near Silverdale and east of Arkansas City. Sheriff Dave Falletti said Sarah (Kanelakos) Ouellet's family found her in the creek. She was pulled from the water, and lifesaving measures were initiated.

The sheriff said Ouellet's son was found downstream holding on to a limb. Both were taken to the hospital, where Ouellet was later pronounced dead. The boy is recovering.

Ouellet was from the Winfield and Ark City area.

No further information was available.