Murphy Funeral Homes


Sara Mckay Dolby

19 July, 19407 October, 2021

Sara Mckay Dolby, age 81, of Arlington, Virginia passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Sara was born July 19, 1940.

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Lois Chadbourne

16 October 2021

I met Sara thru our joint book club. Sara became a very close friend. I could talk with Sara about anything, especially anything medical. She either had the same experience or understood the ups and downs of the medical situation. Her caring heart and nimble mind will be missed - as well as her warm personality. I'm heart broken she is gone. I'll miss our hour long telephone conversations. Sara is not replaceable.

Carolyn Tarpley

16 October 2021

My friendship with Sara was all too brief and yet a highlight of my not quite three-year tenure at the Jefferson. It was a close relationship based on respect, sharing, love, and trust. With strict pandemic lockdown restrictions here, we slipped into a pattern of long, thoughtful phone conversations. Only once, very early in our relationship did I cause Sara to bristle when I asked innocently, “You were an Occupational Therapist?” Sara was quick to instruct me that hers was a profession one holds and practices for life.

Sure enough, she took obvious joy in facilitating concerts on the assisted living floor where a gifted pianist played the Great American Songbook, the soundtrack of our earlier lives. One evening a resident who had not spoken a word in two weeks stood and sang all the lyrics to several songs, to Sara’s great delight.

This was Sara, who, though younger than I, proffered health advice, who helped me adjust to the loss of my husband, and who brought the summer Olympics to life when she served as an extra grandmother to one of the very successful and grateful swimmers. Oh, how she is now and will long continue to be missed!

Joy Hoffmann

12 October 2021

So sad to hear of the death of Sara.
She was a colleague at Carlin Springs Elementary School.
Sara was a very kind and helpful therapist who gave me many pointers on how to best help my physically challenged students.
She was a calming influence in my teaching career.
My condolences to her family at this difficult time.

Rhonda Collier

8 October 2021

Sara was a wonderful friend and mentor! I met her when I interviewed for a job in 1989 as an Occupational Therapist. We had an instant connection with our love for Japan, it’s people and culture. As our friendship grew, she demonstrated hospitality and through her example I learned flower arranging, cooking, and how to host a dinner or a party. Her kindness in opening her home helped me and my daughter, Naomi, get through a difficult time in my marriage. I will never forget you Sara as you were a beautiful, smart lady, with so many talents who touched many lives. Condolences extended to Kirsten, Erin and Loraine; her grand daughter Ish, and her brother and extended family.

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