Sara Ann Jacobs passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Ocala, Fla. She was 66. Ann was born in Lakeland, Fla., on Nov. 22, 1945 the only child to Vera and Doug Scarbro. After graduating from the Unviersity of South Florida in 1967, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a social worker finding homes for the underserved. While in D.C., she became involved in community theater and met her future husband, Richard Jacobs. Richard and Ann married in California in 1969 after a few years of sharing adventures to Guatemala and Mexico. While living in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Ann helped start the Central Coast Children's Theater, with a special calling to "mimeries." Before returning to Florida, Ann gave birth to her two children, Ari and Alicia. After moving to Florida with her family in 1979, Ann taught social studies for elementary, junior high and gifted programs in Haines City, Lakeland and Ormond Beach. In 1995 Ann found her true calling in massage therapy. Years of intuitive touch with family and friends translated into a successful professional business. She quickly gained the respect of her clients and fellow therapists as a true healer and was known for her work as a BodyTalk practitioner. She had many talents as a professional therapist but Ann's true gift to her clients was her compassion. All that knew her remember Ann as kind-hearted and a free spirit. As a long time resident of Ormond Beach, she loved heading down to High Tides @ Snack Jack with family and friends for a meal with a view. We will miss her gifted hands and open heart. Ann is survived by her son, Ari, and his wife, Rebecca, and granddaughter, Ruby; and her daughter, Alicia. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23 at Unity Church of Daytona Beach, 908 Ridgewood, Ave., Holly Hill, Fla. Donations may be made in Ann's memory to Hospice of Marion County, Inc., P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478-4860.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 21, 2012