Sarah Ann Lane peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by loving family members and pets on October 23, 2012. Sarah was born June 21, 1921, in Formosa, Arkansas, to Luke E. Bonds and Amy Robertson Bonds. She is predeceased by her parents and husband, William T. Lane, USN; five sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Judith L. (Daniel) Wise; grandchildren, Erik D. (Tawny Trent) Wise and Nathaniel V. Wise; sister, Maxine Bolin of Rogers, AR; and brother, Kenneth Bonds of De Funiak Springs, FL.|
Our Sarah grew up within her loving family of five sisters and three brothers. A daughter of an American farmer, she helped to raise crops and tend livestock for market and sustenance. Her nickname was "Cotton Top", and yes, she did cotton-picking chores. She graduated class of 1939 from Deering High School in Missouri. After moving to Washington, D.C., in 1942 during WWII, she earned her Red Cross Certificate from the Nurses' Aide Corps in 1944.
One of her life time achievements was earning her 2005 Associative Arts Degree with a minor in Economics from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, at the age of 83.
Sarah spent most of her professional life as Executive Administrative Assistant with Holladay-Tyler Printing Company, Rockville, MD, until her retirement in 1987. Following retirement, she volunteered at First Baptist Church, Wheaton, MD; served as board member of Baptist Home for Children; the Holiday Park Senior Center; and served as President of The Women's Club of Wheaton from 1994-1998. She realized a life-long desire to travel, visiting Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, and New Zealand. Later, she toured extensively in Europe.
Private graveside services were held October 29, 2012, at the Nuevo Gardens Cemetery, assisted by Bonham Brothers & Stewart Mortuary. A celebration of life service followed at the Grace Community Church in Ramona, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Grace Community Church.
Sarah lived a full life as a loving, caring, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. Her strength of character came through her graciousness towards others; a curiosity for learning; and her Christian faith.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Nov. 1, 2012