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Sara Reid Massey passed away from metastatic breast cancer on her seventy-fifth birthday, August 17, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Reid "Todd" and April Massey, in Comfort TX. Sara was born to Al Moses Reid and Stella Deitz Reid in Aberdeen, South Dakota on August 17, 1938 and grew up on their farm in Ohio. She graduated from the University of Colorado and earned a master's degree from the University of Denver in history focused on the American West and a doctorate in humanistic education from the University of Northern Colorado. Sara remained a learner throughout her life traveling around the world, accompanied often by her granddaughter Marissa Massey Hurley of Center Point.
Sara taught in the Denver Public Schools and then moved to Maine, where her family had often vacationed, to work at the University of Southern Maine and to found the New England Institute in Education where she directed the New England Teacher Corps Network. Returning west, she was an associate professor of education at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and then became a curriculum specialist on the Hopi reservation in Arizona for ten years. Sara later worked as an education specialist at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Her cultural explorations resulted in many publications including those which she developed and edited -- "The Black Cowboys of Texas" which received the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award of the Texas Historical Commission and "Texas Women on the Cattle Trails" which received the Liz Carpenter Award of the Texas State Historical Association-- and her recent independent study, "Never Far from the Sea: The Vietnamese of the Texas Gulf Coast," which received the Community History Award from the Texas Oral History Association.
Retiring to her home in Austwell TX, Sara was an active member of several regional history groups, a novice painter who traveled to France to study, a collaborator on a series of biographies for children and the developer of countless ideas for projects that would add to multicultural understanding. She leaves her son Todd and her daughter-in-law April who have lovingly cared for her, her former husband Robert Massey, her granddaughter Marissa and her husband Jason Hurley, her great grandson Luke Hurley and a circle of close friends across the country. Memorial contributions in Sara's name may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, PO Box 835, Fredericksburg TX 78624 or to The Hopi Foundation, PO Box 301, Kykotsmovi AZ 86039.
Per her wishes she was cremated and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements and direction by the Schaetter Funeral Home of Comfort, Texas.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.
Schaetter's Funeral Home
301 East San Antonio Street
P.O. Box 489
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone (830) 997-2151
Fax (830) 997-2153
Published in Express-News on Aug. 21, 2013