Sarah J. Noe Harrell, 89, of Jacksonville, died Thursday morning, April 26, 2012, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing & Rehab.
She was born June 4, 1922, in Morristown, Tenn., the daughter of George W. and Mary Harriet (Dollie) Noe. She married Howard J. Harrell on April 14, 1956, in Morristown, Tenn., and he preceded her in death March 18, 2008.
Sarah is survived by two daughters, Nancy (husband, Reginald) Carls and Mary (husband, Ronald) Lotz, both of Jacksonville; one son, James (wife, Rebecca) of Rio; eight grandchildren, Jenna Carls of Chicago, Sarah Jane Carls of St. Louis, Jessica Lotz of Oak Park, Amy Carls and Jared Lotz of Jacksonville and James Jesse, Jennifer and Kelly Harrell, all of Rio; one sister, Mary Mitchell of Charleston, S.C.; and sister-in-law, Omega Noe of Morristown, Tenn. She was preceded in death by six sisters, Helen Christine, Grace Elena, Valentine Noe in infancy, Laura Catron, Carrie Childers and Anna May Linkious; eight brothers, Clarence, Charles and Arthur Crum Noe in infancy and Hubert Bruce, Frank, Harold, George and James Jacob Noe.
Mrs. Harrell worked as a bookkeeper in Morristown, Tenn., before moving to Illinois with her husband. Sarah ran a day care in her home on Routt Street for over 30 years, and she and her husband were also foster parents for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for a number of years. She was known to many as "Mama Sarah." She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Jacksonville Assembly of God and also Macedonia Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn.
She will be remembered as caring for hundreds of children during her lifetime and a devoted caregiver to her husband who suffered from Alzheimer's for many years. Her faith in God and service to her church was commendable. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed spending time with family and friends whom she loved very much.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville Assembly of God, with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn., at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.