Sadie Violet Ruth Stith 1926 - 2013 Sadie passed away peacefully July 14, 2013, at the age of 87 following an eight year courageous challenge to recover from strokes. She was born April 30, 1926, in New Mexico, to William and Nellie Willbanks. She grew up with nine brothers and sisters who she adored. Her family settled in Colorado where her brothers introduced her to her sweetheart, Raymond Stith. They were married in Los Angles, CA, in 1946 and lived there until 1964. At that time they moved with their children, Jerry and Sue, to Lucerne where she resided for 49 years. While in Lucerne she was very active with Foothill Baptist Church and Lakeshore Baptist Church where she was a charter member. Her great joy was working in teen's and children's ministries such as Sunday school and VBS. She also loved her hobbies of painting, crafts and baking cakes. Sadie loved her family dearly and each one brought her great joy. She is remembered as a sweet, beautiful person, inside and out, who was loved by her family and friends. Sadie is survived by her children, Jerry (Sharon) Stith, Sue (Tom) Hall; grandchildren, Tina (Dan) Newcomb, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Stith, Dayna Hall, Kevin Hall, and Laura (Aaron) Kruszka; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Dylan, and Brandon Newcomb, William, Nicky, Angel, and Emily Stith, Landon, Gavin, and Karson Kruszka; brother, Roy Willbanks; sisters, Mae Cooper, Fame Michaels, and Nell Brown; sisters-in-law, Donna Stith, Dorothy Willbanks, Joyce Willbanks, and Nan Willbanks; as well as many nieces and nephews. Sadie was preceded in death by her son, Robert; husband, Raymond; grandson, Jimmy; brothers, James, William, and Myrl; and sisters, Irene and Georgia. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 26, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. A reception will follow the service. The family prefers donations in Sadie's memory be made to the American Heart and Stroke Association, 1710 Gilbreth Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010-1795. For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from July 20 to July 26, 2013