OBITUARY

Sara Mathews Berry Miller

January 3, 1937April 3, 2021

Victory in Jesus! On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Sara Miller laid down her earthly trophies and departed on her journey to eternal life. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on Bass Road at 3 o’clock on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. There will be a reception following the service at Snow’s Bass Road. Burial will be private at Rose Hill Cemetery. Flowers should be omitted and memorials should be sent to First Christian Church, 2306 Vineville Avenue or a charity of the donor’s choice. Sara was born in Macon, Georgia at the end of the Great Depression to Robert V. and Mamie D. Mathews, Sr. She grew up on Napier Avenue and attended Pearl Stephens Grammar School. As a teenager Sara was baptized into Christ at the Central Church of Christ on High Street. In later life, she placed her church membership at the First Christian Church on Vineville Avenue. Throughout her life Sara was strong in her faith and was always ready to help others. Sara attended A. L. Miller High School. Always a leader, she was President of the Student Council and President of the Future Teachers Club. She was a member of the Beta Honorary Society. She was an Honor Graduate of the Class of 1955.

On the day she graduated from high school, in May 1955, Sara began her career with the Insurance Company of North America, INA/CIGNA, in a clerical position. Thirty-five years later she retired as Office Director. During her career with INA/CIGNA she served as the companies’ representative to the local Red Cross and the United Way. She also served as President of the Insurance Women of Macon and received the honor of being named the Insurance Woman of Macon. In addition to office and community activities she completed several insurance study courses and received several designations including the highly regarded Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter Designation, CPCU. Also, in the early days of her career she attended night classes at Mercer University.

On August 11, 1957 Sara and her first love, Floyd Berry, were married at the Central Church of Christ. They enjoyed thirty-four wonderful, happy years of life together until Floyd died following a long, courageous battle with cancer. They traveled extensively with the Atlanta Skylarks Club and especially enjoyed spending time at their condo on St. Simons Island.

Following Floyd’s death Sara began a five year second career as After Care Director with Snow’s Memorial Chapel. During this time she became a member of the Pilot Club of Macon and served as Club President.

In 2003 Sara began a new chapter in her life when she and longtime friend and attorney, Lawton Miller, Jr. were married on Christmas Eve at Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island. They enjoyed almost fourteen years of love and happiness until Lawton’s death in 2017 which resulted from a fall and brain injury. They too enjoyed traveling, several trips to Europe, and many happy days at St. Simons Island.

Sara was predeceased by her parents, her sister Anne Loudell M. Cheek, her brother Robert V. Mathews, Jr. and her nephew Bobby P. Mathews. She leaves to carry on her proud Mathews family heritage her beloved niece Ellen Cheek Jordan (Terry).

Sara Mathews Miller, a wonderful life well lived on this earth and eternal life awaiting her in Heaven. Glory be to God Almighty, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • She leaves to carry on her proud Mathews family heritage her beloved niece Ellen Cheek Jordan (Terry).
  • DONATIONS

  • First Christian Church

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Reception Following

Memories

Sara Mathews Berry Miller

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valerie wynn

April 9, 2021

I first met Sara through the Insurance Women of Macon and was immediately impressed by her professionalism and leadership abilities. She was a trailblazer and demonstrated how young women could succeed in the business world, including myself. In her retired years, our friendship continued through our enjoyment of antiques. My last outing was a wonderful lunch with another former co-worker of Sara's. We had such a wonderful conversation about her life. I was very saddened to hear of her passing. I will miss seeing and being with such a kind and engaging friend. God has a new angel by his side. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Heather Pendergast

April 6, 2021

My husband and I met Sara & Lawton on an overseas trip we were all on. We just clicked straight away and I’m proud to say that over 10 years later we have maintained that friendship across the miles between Macon and Australia. Sara was such a beautiful, dignified lady and was very proud of her heritage. I have such happy memories of being shown around when we visited with them. Her faith and her daily reflection time was so important to her.
So many have lost a beautiful friend but she is resting in the arms of her beloved Lord Jesus.

Jamie Hallman

April 6, 2021

This wonderful lady gave me my chance to a career in insurance when I was so young and had no idea of what was to come. With her help I was able to rise through the ranks because of her willingness to take a chance on me. I have never respected anyone more than her and her presence will sorely be missed.

Gwen Chavis

April 5, 2021

A wonderful lady and friend. Will miss a glass of wine and singing church gospel . Enjoyed my time with her. She will be missed.❤️😢

Cheryl Aultman

April 5, 2021

Sara was much admired and respected at INA/Cigna. I was blessed to work as a Supervisor under her leadership and we developed a lasting friendship. She will be deeply missed. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family & friends.

Beverly Baggarly

April 5, 2021

I knew Ms Sara since the early 70's. She was a good friend all thru the years. I loved her dearly and will miss her. Prayers sent to family.

Judy Marable

April 4, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Sara. She was my supervisor at Ina/Cigna for many years. She was a very sweet lady with a powerful voice Gl ad I got to talk to her a few months ago. Praying for her family.

Martha Keen

April 4, 2021

One of my favorite people at INA/Cigna, she was a wonderful person to work with. Will miss seeing her at our luncheons.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY