• "Sara, Elaine Radford, and I grew up together. I will always..."
    - Patricia Grace Blair
  • "We were good friends in our Junior year at Bartow Sr. High...."
  • "She will be miss."
    - Bill Barber
  • "What a wonderful lady. RIP"
    - Debi Williams
  • "you were a blessing to all who knew you and loved you ..."
    - ruth long/rehberg


HAINES CITY - Sara A. Barber Bierce, 65, passed away on Monday (September 9th 2013) at her home in Haines City, FL after a courageous five year battle with cancer.
She was born on December 29th, 1947 in Alturas, Florida, daughter of Harvey and Doretha Barber. Sara attended Alturas Elementary, Bartow Junior High, and graduated from Summerlin Academy in Bartow, Florida with the class of 1965. She had a family and raised two sons in Lakeland. In 1979, she became the first female outside sales person employed by Mutual Wholesale Company in Lakeland. She became a successful real estate agent in the Lakeland area during the early eighties. Sara went on to have a long, successful career in the healthcare industry. She graduated from Florida Hospital school of practical nursing. She graduated from the University of the State of New York as a registered nurse. She received a B.S. in Health Care Administration from Trinity College. She was director of nursing at Spring Lake nursing home and also Director of Nursing at Palm Garden Nursing Home both in Winter Haven, Florida. Sara became National Director of Nursing Services for Mariner Nursing homes and oversaw 350 nursing homes.
Sara enjoyed trips with her husband in their travel trailer. She loved the outdoors. They visited many parks and campsites around the state. Her ashes will be scattered at one of her favorite spots under a big Oak.
She is survived by her husband James Bierce, one sister, three brothers and two sons, Mike and Scott Grace. She is also survived by five grandchildren.
We miss you, Mom.

Published in Ledger from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013
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