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Sarah Janice (Stroud) Sigrest (1940 - 2012)

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Sarah Janice (Stroud) Sigrest March 14, 1940 - December 19, 2012 Jan was born to Walter Harold Stroud and Sarah Naomi (Dukehart) Stroud on March 14, 1940, in Decatur, Georgia. She went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ at 7:28 p.m. on December 19, 2012. She was the eldest of two children of Walt and Na. Her younger brother, Phillip Allen Stroud, is now the only surviving member of that immediate family circle. The Stroud family migrated from their native Georgia to Trona, California, in 1948. Jan and Phil attended Trona schools from grammar school through high school. Jan graduated from Trona High in 1958, being one out of a class of 63 seniors. Their attendance there was interrupted in about 1952 for an 18-month period when Walter, a welder, moved his young family to Panama in Central America. That period was a great adventure for Jan and Phil, and she had fond memories of it. The family returned to Trona in 1954. Both Jan and Phil returned to school there, and in 1956 the beautiful young lady caught the eye of Edwin Durwood Sigrest, one of her classmates. They became close friends during the remainder of their time at school. As was the custom in those days, they agreed to go steady to the exclusion of dating all others. Many lifelong friendships were formed during those school years. Jan and Dur, as they were known, graduated high school and went away to college. Jan went to Whittier College and later UCLA. Dur entered Cal Poly S.L.O. Before finishing college, Durwood joined the Army and proposed to Jan by telephone. She accepted and joined Durwood, who was stationed in Germany. They were married in two ceremonies, a German civil by the mayor and a church wedding by a military chaplain. Jan loved Germany and Europe as a whole. She made the two years there fun and rewarding for the both of them. While there, first child, Diana Janice, was born. Jan proudly brought their new baby home to excited grandparents, Naomi and Walter Stroud, Ed and Lyvonia Sigrest. Jan and Dur's second child, Shaun Anthony Sigrest, was born in 1964 in San Luis Obispo, where they lived while completing college. In 1971 the family moved to Bakersfield. Jan was many great things. She was an excellent cook and mother and managed the family's financial affairs well. She was quick with a laugh and was just plain fun to be with. Her children describe her as the world's greatest example of a mom. She unconditionally loved her children and grandchildren. She knew no fear and was easy to talk into exciting and unusual activities. She loved to ride snowmobiles, fly in light airplanes, drive desert buggies, and motorcycles. She loved anything that would go fast and high. She was artistic and creative with everything from ceramics, oil painting, and sewing. She also worked outside the home and retired from Bakersfield City School District office as a Special Funding Bookkeeper in 1995. The greatest thing Jan was, however, was a devoted follower of Christ. She influenced her husband, children, and others into accepting Christ and His free gift of salvation. Her passions were world missions, Bible study, and worship services. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Walter H. Stroud and Sarah N. Stroud. She is survived by her husband, Edwin D. Sigrest; daughter, Diana Foy; son, Shaun A. Sigrest; and her grandchildren, Jennifer, Cole, Shaun, Jacob, Steven, and Colin; daughter-in-law, Becky; and son-in-law, Jeff. Jan is greatly missed in this world but sure to be reunited with us in the one to follow, the one prepared for us by Father God. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to San Joaquin Hospital's Surgical ICU nurses and doctors who were so very kind, passionate, and efficient. They were a gift to us during a very difficult time. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene, 6201 Fruitvale Ave. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Searles Valley Cemetery in Trona, CA. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 22, 2012
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