February 5, 1937 – November 28, 2019
Sarah-Ann Goller passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. She was born on February 5, 1937 and grew up in Fair Oaks, California. Her family lost a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, and an aunt, but most of all, the most loving, caring, person anyone could know. Sarah-Ann was a very talented woman who gardened, canned her own food, cooked fabulous meals, baked wedding cakes for friends and family, and made flower arrangements for her church. She was also an artist/painter, and a writer. Sarah-Ann had an accomplished ‘green thumb’ and developed and maintained beautiful landscaping at their home.
She had a deep and abiding love for her home town of Fair Oaks. She was a member of the Fair Oaks Historical Society. She made many donations over the years from the Vincent Ranch (lovingly referred to as Rancho Confusion) to the Historical Society. She wrote a book, “Up Sunset Avenue” in which she wrote delightful family stories of growing up, farming and ranching in the early days of Fair Oaks Village. She also participated in family gatherings of the Oregon Trail in McMinnville, Oregon. She had a rich ancestral history that included puritans who came to America on the Mayflower, Scotch-Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War, and pioneers who crossed the country on the Oregon Trail to settle the West.
Sarah-Ann is survived by her husband of 51 years, Allan Goller of Ohio, her three children, Michelle Ann Hancock and husband Steve, Lauryl Jean Frame and husband Darren, and Marcus Robins McKenny Goller and wife Amy. Sarah had five grandchildren: Kristin Frame Emmett, Emily Frame, Casey Frame, Spencer Goller and Macy Goller. She is also survived by her sister, Katherine Odom and brother In-law, Gary Odom, niece Erin Odom Singh and her two young sons Fox and Forest, nephews Howard Fox and Barry Lee Morey, as well as brother-in-law Tom Lawrence, nephews John Lawrence and Craig Lawrence and niece Tammy Eastham.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Wanda Kennedy and Walter Vincent of Fair Oaks, her first husband Captain Michael Robins McKenny, her sister-in-law, Marianne McKenny Lawrence and other early settlers of Fair Oaks: Grandparents, Frank Wilson Vincent and his wife Elizabeth Mary Carpenter, and William Whitney Kennedy and his wife Laura Wanda Hewitt, and her Uncle Earl Vincent a farmer and rancher of Orangevale.
Sarah-Ann will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She will have a Christian burial in the Fair Oaks Cemetery among many members of the Kennedy, Vincent, and McKenny families who came before. She will be buried at a graveside service in the Old Fair Oaks Cemetery on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fair Oaks Cemetery
7780 Olive Street
December 4, 2019
She was so talented! She was a wonderful cook. She liked to work in the garden. She would also can fruits and vegetables. She made wonderful cakes and pies. She was a good writer. She published a book about Fair oaks. She also made dresses for us when we were children. She was always doing something.
We spent a lot of wonderful time over at grandma’s Vincent’s farm. We would go over and watch Disney cartoons, and eat homemade ice cream!
My mom lost her first husband in a tragic plane accident that left her single with three small children. But then my mom met Allan Goller, and they created a new family. He is a wonderful dad. He took good care of her and us kids.
She is a wonderful painter. I’m happy that I have some of her paintings.
She was also a wonderful seamstress.
My mom had some problems with her eye sight, so I would read to her every week. It was a wonderful bonding experience. We read “To Kill a Mockingbird “, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “Huckleberry Finn”, and “Alice in Wonderland “. Often, after we finished a book, we would watch the movie version together. She wrote a book, called “Up Sunset Avenue”. This was the last book we started. I would read for a while, and she would add more to the story, or just laugh about a particular incident.
I was blessed to have this time with my mom. She will be missed. I loved her very much.