Sara Jo McLean
March 6, 1941 – January 28, 2020
Sara Jo McLean Obituary 3-6-41 – 1-28-20
Sara Jo Smith was born in Orlando, Florida on March 6, 1941, and entered her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Sara Jo grew up in Apopka, Florida and graduated from Apopka High School. She graduated from Florida State University in 1963, and was an elementary teacher in the Orange County Public School System for 31 years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church Leesburg, Florida and a summer member of Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. She was a member of First Baptist Church Orlando for a few years and enjoyed serving on short term mission trips to Canada and Brazil.
Anyone that knew her instantly saw her joyful outlook on life and most importantly, her faith in Jesus. She was the biggest encourager most people ever knew. She was known for sending cards and notes of encouragement to many. She was devoted to her family. She rarely met a stranger and could always put people at ease. She never complained and always showed gratitude.
She is survived by her children Mary Beth Holiman (Reynolds), David McLean Jr., William Lawrence McLean (Jane). She is also survived by four grandtwins , Katherine Sara McLean, Elizabeth Jean McLean, Parker Smith Holiman, and Jackson Carr Holiman. She is survived by her brother James ted Smith and sister-in-law Pat Smith and nieces Jennifer Smith Flickinger, Julie Smith Jones (Chris) and Marsha Smith Dunlap (Doug) She was predeceased by her mother Mary T. Smith, father T.L. Smith and her grandson Davis McLean.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Orlando, Henry Chapel. 3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805 on Monday, February 3, 2020 between 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm.
Celebration of Life service will be held at First Baptist Church Orlando, Henry Chapel. 3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 10am
Burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd, Gotha, FL 34734
If friends desire, contributions may be made to the Lottie Moon Missions in Memory of Sara Jo McLean via First Baptist Church Orlando 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, Florida 32805
She is survived by her children Mary Beth Holiman (Reynolds), David McLean Jr., William Lawrence McLean (Jane). She is also survived by four grandtwins , Katherine Sara McLean, Elizabeth Jean McLean, Parker Smith Holiman, and Jackson Carr Holiman. She is survived by her brother James ted Smith and sister-in-law Pat Smith and nieces Jennifer Smith Flickinger, Julie Smith Jones (Chris) and Marsha Smith Dunlap (Doug)
She was predeceased by her mother Mary T. Smith, father T.L. Smith and her grandson Davis McLean.
- Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
- Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Committal Service
Sara Jo McLean
Tracie (Griffin) Ryan
February 3, 2020
Sara Jo McLean was my first grade teacher. She was always very special to me. Kind, caring and loving to her kids... classroom
I was fortunate to reconnect with her later in life when working with her niece’s children. I remember celebrating her retirement and seeing her again after many years... She was still beautiful, affectionate and exuberant. She will always be remembered fondly. Very sad to hear the news! My condolences to the family.
Patsy & Fred Alexander
February 1, 2020
So many memories with this beautiful soul from the day we met sometime during 1989, I believe. She shared her home with us so many times and we always enjoyed hearing of her adventures. Never a dull moment when Sara Jo was around. Enjoy your heavenly home Sara Jo.
Out of sight, but always in my heart.
January 31, 2020
To know Sara Jo McLean was to have loved Sara Jo McLean. She was pure joy! Her grace, humor and loving heart prevailed through any challenges and she embraced all of life. She will forever be in my heart and dearly so. I consider myself truly blessed to have known Sara Jo though just not long enough. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
January 30, 2020
Sara Jo and I met @ my Bible Study FIRST BAPTIST BLOWING ROCK N C on 3-6-2006 which happen to be her Special Day! Her Birthday!! When she introduced herself and announced it was her Birthday I knew just from hearing her sincere sweet loving voice I wanted to hear from her more! Total strangers became Sisters in Christ! I invited her to lunch and 4 hours later a beautiful friendship began💕 I Praise the Lord he brought us together through our journey until January 28, 2020! Our Love for each other will reunite the day Jesus calls Me to my Forever Home❣️ I’m so thankful we were able to spent a short time together here in Blowing Rock just wks ago! God allowed us a short sweet visit together! I knew in my heart when we hugged each other that would be the last time! Her big bear hug... I knew... she always gave the best hugs they were so sincere. To say~~I Love You now! Thank You Jesus for bringing Sara Jo and her family in my life for I’ve been so Blessed🌹 May God Bless each family member as each day unfolds. Being the Christian family you are I ask God to comfort you and give you strength knowing you and the grandchildren were her life❤️
Until we reunite in Heaven I’m Praising the Lord you no longer have to suffer!!
I Love You my Forever and Ever my Sweet Sister in Christ 🎚
Linda P. Freeman
Blowing Rock, NC