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Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc.

111 North Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA

OBITUARY

Sarah Anne Douglas

24 June, 19285 May, 2020
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Sarah Anne Douglas, age 91, of Willingboro, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly, NJ. Sarah was born on June 24th, 1928, in Liverpool, England, to John and Sarah Lyons. Sarah spent early school years in Liverpool, England. She worked as a retail cashier and Sales Associate at various locations in the US. Her favorite place to work was with the Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES). Although Sarah did not attend church in person recently because of limited mobility, she never stopped being dedicated to following the path of Christianity. Sarah loved her family deeply. She was the spouse of an Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer and a loving mother of seven children. As a military spouse, she lovingly raised her children on Air Force installations located in England, Alaska, California, New Mexico, and Nevada. Sarah always balanced her roles of retail employee and caretaker of her family; she was an extraordinary provider and nurturing mother. Sarah later became a proud military mom having five of her sons enter United Sates military service to include one in the Army and four in the Air Force. Sarah loved to travel, taking her whole family with her. A fantastic road trip she had still leaves happy memories of the whole family and three poodles riding in a VW bus from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, Nevada. Sarah liked to spend nice days relaxing outside at parks along the Delaware river to watch sail boats and going to play bingo at local churches. Sarah was a lover of all animals, especially dogs. She enjoyed caring for and grooming her miniature poodles. She liked cooking for her family, especially making homemade tacos for her children for New Years celebrations. Although Sarah was a private person, she enjoyed every minute she got to be with her family. Everyone gathered together to celebrate the holidays, and no one will forget the good times spent at her 90th birthday party. She is pre deceased by siblings Henry, Tom, John, Billy, and Janie and her sons Leslie, and Wendell. Sarah is survived by her sister Anne, England, and children, Standford, Mt Holly, NJ, Benjamin, Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Lesia), Avon, IN, Paul (Shelly), Carlton, TX, Julie Young (Harold), Pottsgrove, PA, and Ray, Willingboro, NJ. Sarah is also survived by many grand children, great grand children, nieces, nephews and close friends. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 11:30am at Limerick Garden of Memories. 44 East Arcadia Drive, Limerick PA 19468. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.LWOttFuneralHome.com for the Douglas family.

  • FAMILY

  • Stanford Douglas, Son
  • Benjamin Douglas, Son
  • Michael Douglas (Lesia), Son
  • Paul Doulgas (Shelly), Son
  • Julie Young (Harold), Daughter
  • Ray Douglas, Son
  • Sarah is also survived by her sister Annie, (4) grandchildren, Tealisha Baker, Sarah Young, Raymond Young, Paul Young, Michael Douglas Jr., Eugene Douglas, Danielle Douglas-Kullum, Justin Douglas, Rachel N. Douglas-Johnson, Dorothy E. Douglas, Jared Douglas, Nina Grant, Bryce Grant, Brittany; many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and tremendous number of friends. She was predeceased by her siblings, Henry, Tom, John, Billy, and Janie and her sons, Leslie and Wendell and her parents John and Sarah Lyons.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, 14 May , 2020

Memories

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Biography

Life Reflection of Ms. Sarah Anne Douglas.
Opening: To her sons Stanford, Benjamin, Michael, Paul, Raymond; daughter Julie and to all of her extended family and many friends who may not be able to make it here because of corona virus limitations; we say good bye to Sarah Anne Douglas; a women whose legacy reveals her to be an extraordinary loving and nurturing mother, and who’s known by all of her family and friends to have had the kindest of heart.
Sarah Douglas was, foremost, a woman of extraordinary talent who was equipped with an amazingly loving character, enormous pride in her family, a sincere willingness to help others, tireless energy, and loved to laugh among family and friends; but most of all, she was devoted to following the Christian faith while being a nurturing and loving mother to seven children.
Sarah Douglas was born as one of seven children to the late John and Sarah Lyons on June 24, 1928. She was born and raised in Liverpool, England. She completed her early education through England’s well established school programs. Sarah was well liked by all who met her. In particular, many of her children’s closest friends who had the pleasure of knowing her from their frequent visits to her home came to love her deeply and often affectionately considered her as their "second mother”.
Sarah was the spouse of a United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer for over 20 years while raising her seven children on Air Force installations located in England, Alaska, California, New Mexico, and Nevada. She always spoke of memorable times about being involved as a military spouse. One of her fondest memories occurred in the summer of 1966 during a period of transition from one Air Force installation to another. During this transition, the whole family, to include two parents, seven children, and three poodles, drove in a VW bus all the way from Philadelphia, PA, to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. This trip put the whole family on the road for an entire week, eight hours each day, in tight quarters and hot weather…you know, before air conditioning became popular in cars. Never the less, it was always fondly remembered as a unique once in a life time family experience!
Sarah spent many of her working years as a cashier and Sales Associate in many retail locations throughout the United States. She excelled at her work because of her unique ability to connect with people at a personable level and in a manner that always made them feel welcomed. Her favorite place to work was the Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) organization. As a member of this organization, she became integral to the overall success of meeting annual sales quotas at AAFES’s military clothing sales store located on McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
Sarah loved all pets, and always had them as family members in her home. Her son Paul remembers one particular period where Sarah bought a couple of Siamese cats. He remembers that he would try to pet them, but they would try to scratch his face all the time. So, he politely gave them a kick in the rear when they walked by…you know, just to keep them moving. More recently, Paul reflected on how, that despite Sarah’s limited mobility, she loved living in his brother Ray’s house. She enjoyed watching television in her bedroom and looking out the window to watch all of the neighbors in order to keep an eye on things. You know, it was like the old 1960’s television show “Bewitched” where the character Gladys Kravitz was constantly looking out her window to know about everyone and everything that was going on in the neighborhood. But, Abner, her television husband, was not there, only Sarah’s dog Toby was with her and he wasn’t saying anything. When Paul talked to her during frequent phone calls, she always enjoyed the laughter that they shared and it always made her day and kept her spirits high. They always had a good talk on the phone just as she did with all of her sons, daughter, and nieces Telisha and Sarah, her beloved namesake.
Sarah will always be deeply loved and missed by her family and everyone who came to know her. Forever, she will be in our hearts! We know that she is home in the hands of God and we also know that we will see her again. Sarah was a beautiful mother to all of her children because she loved them unconditionally and never let them down in any way. We were all blessed by God to have Sarah as such a Beautiful Angel as a mother or a as a close friend. WE MISS YOU!
Sarah Anne Douglas truly remained devoted to the Christian faith. She completed her transition from this earthly plain to return to Father God and to rejoin her parents on May 5th. She dedicated her life to raising seven children while providing for her family. Her sons, Leslie Douglas and Wendell Douglas, preceded her in death.
She leaves to mourn: her sister Annie, five sons, Stanford G. Douglas, Benjamin W. Douglas, Michael A. Douglas, Paul S. Douglas and Raymond J. Douglas, daughter, Julie A. Douglas-Young; two nephews; one son-in-law Harold Young; two daughters-in-law, Lesia Douglas and Shelly Hankins-Douglas; 14 grandchildren, Tealisha Baker, Sarah Young, Raymond Young, Paul Young, Michael Douglas Jr., Eugene Douglas, Danielle Douglas-Kullum, Justin Douglas, Rachel N. Douglas-Johnson, Dorothy E. Douglas, Jared Douglas, Nina Grant, Bryce Grant, Brittany; many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and a tremendous number of friends.
Sorrowfully submitted,
The Family