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Sarah L. Aiken


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Sarah L. Aiken Obituary
Sarah was born on May 18, 1931 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the first child of Charles and Nellie McGrath. She had two brothers, Tom and Bruce. She attended the University of Nebraska, earning a Master's degree in French in 1955. She was married twice, outliving both men. She was 87 when she passed away on August 4, 2018. Sarah was a very accomplished woman, and she lived an interesting and inspirational life. While earning her degree she spent a summer in Quebec studying French. She also spent a summer in Mexico helping children learn English. After earning her degree, she taught English at a girl's secondary school in France. After returning to the U.S, she worked for Pan Am's Latin American division. She married in 1956 and moved to Milwaukee, teaching French and Spanish at the Institute of Technology for 8 years. She later moved to Dallas where she taught yoga and trained with Indra Devi. She continued to teach yoga at Saddleback College when she moved to Laguna Niguel. She founded the French Conversation Group in San Clemente which continues today. She enjoyed line and folk dancing and was a San Juan Capistrano walking tours docent. She was also a member of Mensa for over 30 years where she met her second husband Jim. They enjoyed travelling the world together and meeting other Mensa members. She is survived by her nephew, three stepchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and one great-step-grandchild on the way. She was such a pleasure to be around. Her energy and enthusiasm would often outpace people half her age and yet she was so down to earth and personable that everyone felt comfortable being around her. We will all miss her very much. We will be having a celebration of Sarah's life on Saturday, August 18. If you were a friend that would like to join us, please call 949-308-3674 for more details.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2018
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