ORWIGSBURG, Pa. - Sarah Douma Coursen, 84, a longtime resident of Newton, N.J., passed away Thursday morning Jan. 24, 2013. She was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Hawthorne, N.J., to Frank and Hilda (van der Let) Douma. Sarah's parents, along with her brother, Henry, had immigrated from the Netherlands arriving in Hoboken, N.J., on April 15, 1928. The family eventually settled in Newton where Sarah grew up on the family farm on West End Avenue, a place that fostered fond memories for many. Sarah married Raymond I. Coursen on Sept. 21, 1946, and they shared a blessed union until Ray's death on Feb. 1, 1996. Ray and Sarah lived in the Newton and Fredon area and ultimately made their home on Ashford Street where they raised their four children. A member of the Newton Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Coursen served on the Newton Board of Education for two terms. Sarah sampled many jobs but it was her time at the Budd Travel Agency that kindled her love of travel, something she enjoyed sharing with her husband, children and grandchildren. Sarah is survived by her children: Maureen (George) Worthington, of Delray Beach, Fla.; Raymond F. Coursen, of Yountville, Calif.; Rhonda Reed, Orwigsburg, Pa.; and Cindy (Mark) Crisman, of Jordanville, N.Y.; nine grandchildren: George (Adria) Worthington III, Garth (Laura) Worthington, Grant (Donna) Worthington, Joseph Reed, Alison Crisman (Steven) Eiseman, Andrew (Lauren) Crisman, Ashley Crisman, Elyse Coursen, and Jacob Coursen; and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, William Douma; a sister, Florie Rude; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, her loving husband, and her brother, Henry Douma, predeceased her. Services will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Donations in Sarah's memory may be made to the Tranquility Cemetery Association 311 Pequest Road, Andover, NJ 07821-2127.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 27, 2013