Sarah McCreary Pope
"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you."
Sarah McCreary Pope, born December 11, 1934 to Charles and Thelma McCreary; Sister to Ann and Jean; Mother of Roberta, Charles (and wife, Jayne), and Daniel (and daughter-in-law, Kathy); Grandmother of Jennifer (and her grandson-in-law, Steven), Daniel, Christopher (and special friend, April), Joseph, Taylor, Kimberly, and Reigan; Great Grandmother of Caleb; and Aunt to Pam, Paula, Angie, Tom, Ronnie, and Kirk (and his wife, Kelly); Great Aunt to her nieces and nephews; First Cousin to her Iowa cousins… went to dance and sing in heaven on Friday, October 18, 2013. For all that knew and respected Sarah, were amused that she could not sing and she hated exercise. However, she was fantastic in teaching her schoolchildren how to hear the music and wiggle their toes.
Mrs. Pope is an Air Force Veteran and served during the Korean War
. Utilizing her Gl Bill, Federal Loans, and Scholarships, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Education at Missouri State University in 1965. Later her GI Bill empowered the opportunity for Sarah to receive her Master's in Counseling and Guidance as well as Specialist Degrees in Developmental Learning and Reading at Missouri State University. Mrs. Pope was the first Graduate Student to complete her entire studies on the university campus and she received the first Graduate Student Inmon Scholarship. Additionally, Mrs. Pope completed an advance specialist degree in Curriculum Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. As an educator, she taught for twenty-seven years, including in St. Louis County, Willow Springs, Corpus Christi, and Springfield Public Schools.
Her family is grateful to Integrity Hospice and Home Health for their dedication and devotion. For the care and attention her doctors and staff, Dr. Wyn of Veterans Administration and Drs. Hargis, Rogers, Maganti, and Wagasy, a heartfelt appreciation. A recognition for the coaching endeavors and many friendships of the Hammons Heart Institute Pulmonary Rehab Team and her countless Hammons cronies.
Mother enjoyed so much the monthly lunches with her Willow Springs Classmates. She said, "Our lunch adventures are great, but our friendships are so much more important than when we were in school". To her longtime good friends Kay and Nancy, in her own words, Mother stated, "I so treasured the countless laughs, tears, nods, and grunts."
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home will host the Visitations, Sunday, October 27, 3 to 5 pm, and Monday, October 28, 9:30 to 10:30 am and the Memorial Service, Monday, October 28, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Chaplain Jesse Winn of Integrity Hospice will officiate and the Classmates of Willow Springs will lead the hymns. At 12 noon, Veterans Honors will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Our Mother's wishes are rather than flowers, please think of the Learning Disabilities Association, the
, the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, and the Willow Springs High School Scholarship Program.