August 31, 1941 – December 2, 2018
Sara Ann Martin Douglass, 77, passed away in the loving presence of her family on December 2, 2018. Sara was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 31, 1941 to Clifford and Dorothy Martin. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1959 and attended the University of Arkansas, then graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. She practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Wisconsin and Anchorage, Alaska and ended her nursing career many years ago as the school nurse at Cutter Morning Star. Sara grew up attending and was married at Central Baptist Church where her grandfather, Dave Finch, rang the church bells every Sunday morning in the 1950s and 60s. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Sara went with her parents to Los Angeles to appear on the national TV show “Place the Face.” The Ralph Edwards’ show gave three clues to celebrities so they could guess the person from their past, who was hiding behind a screen on the stage. A decade earlier, two-year-old Sara served as the flower girl for Gail Robbins, a movie star who was Betty Grable’s understudy at Fox Studios. Gail was on hiatus from filming and visiting her GI fiancé, who happened to work at a WWII defense plant in Hays, Kansas with Clifford Martin, Sara’s father. Gail and her fiancé, Bob Olson, decided on a whim to marry during her visit and choose Sara as their flower girl. In remembering her TV appearance, Sara said, “Gail guessed who I was when they gave her the last clue, ‘On A Slow Train from Arkansas.’” Sara attended Arkansas’ Girls State in 1958 and was asked to serve as a counselor the following year. In 1964, she survived the devastating 9.2 earthquake at Anchorage, Alaska while her husband was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. During the 70s, Sara enjoyed participating in weekend volksmarches across Germany with her family. Returning home to Hot Springs, she became an accomplished hobbyist-artist, and in her final days, was fond of telling others how her paternal grandmother, Billie Riley, had been Hot Spring’s first policewoman. Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Douglass; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Martin; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Finch, and Mrs. Billie Martin Riley. She is survived by son, Wayne Lee Douglass (Lora); daughter, Cindy Parker (Greg); grandchildren, Candace Arnold, Jasmine Arnold, Leigh Ann Douglass, Hayden Arnold, Jesse Parker, Hannah Melancon; and two great-grandchildren; brother, David Martin (Sarfronia); and twin sisters, Bitty Martin and Mitsy Martin Findley (Ray); sister-in-law, Pat Bridges (Carrrol); and, brother-in-law, Mark Douglass (Susan). In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Samaritan Ministries of Hot Springs.
- Visitation in Chapel Thursday, December 6, 2018
- Memorial Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
Linda Sue Outler
December 9, 2018
Sorry to hear about Sara. I was her home visitor from First Baptist Church. God Bless All the Family.
Howard & Dorothy Daniel
December 6, 2018
Thank you Sara for all the memories we shared together from when we first met At Central Baptist in 2003. What I remember most about you is that you always cared for others before yourself. Thank you for sharing your talents with me; we always had a good time together. We will always have those memories.
Gerald and Ina Mauldin
December 5, 2018
Our deepest sympathy.
December 5, 2018
Wayne and family:
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I enjoyed the two years that I got to know her. I loved hearing her stories from her early years. She was always willing to help with anyone and always a good friend to all the residents. She was a very special lady!