Sara Suzanne Ezell
Sara laughed…at little kids' jokes, Bill Murray, and her own misadventures. Sara listened…to friends who were hurting, students who needed an advocate, and her adored nieces and nephew. Sara lived…to serve God, love her friends and family, and show us that limitations aren't all they're cracked up to be. She had a warm heart, a ready smile, and a firm foot for motivational kicks in the rear. Her condo was a home, community center, game room, and refuge. She tenaciously spoke the truth in love…even if it was painful to say. She was also very stubborn, a tad cynical, and had a hard time letting people love her as much as she loved others.
At 7 lbs., Sara was diagnosed early with osteogenesis imperfect, a very rare bone disorder sometimes called Brittle Bone disease. Doctors said to have no expectations for what was to be a very short, fragile life. She lived 42 years, graduated from Hillsboro High School, and was accepted to Vanderbilt (graduating magna cum laude) and received her master's degree in special education (4.0 average). Take that!
Then Sara really got going, charging ahead with her beloved motorized wheelchair named Heidi. She worked with children with disabilities at the Kennedy Center and the Susan Gray School on the Vanderbilt campus, then served as Disabilities Services Coordinator for VU students and followed by heading Project Opportunity with VUMC.
She grew up attending First Baptist-Downtown where she was deeply involved in the singles and children's ministry before joining Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin where she was delighted to teach three-year-olds. She generously gave of her time to Partners in Policymaking and other initiatives devoted to advocacy.
She is survived by her mother, Suzanne Ezell of Nashville; father, Mancil Ezell of Nashville; brothers, Chase (Melanie) Ezell of Brentwood and Jason (Maria) Ezell of Lebanon; nieces, Abigail and Evelyn Ezell, Madison Roberson and nephew, Gabriel Ezell. In addition to family, she will be missed by a lifelong parade of friends of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
In the never-failing arms of Jesus, Sara lived large. She leaves us thankful to have known her, broken-hearted as we miss her, and anxious to see her dancing down the streets of heaven.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 12th, 2 p.m., at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN 37064.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donating to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, which was near and dear to Sara's heart, or the children's ministries at Rolling Hills Community Church, where Sara taught children for many years.
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3009 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064
Published in The Tennessean on July 12, 2014