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September 19, 1939

- March 23, 2018

Sarah Lee Hood Boone passed away quietly in the company of her children and grandchildren at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center in Dallas, TX after a brief bout with cancer.

Sarah was an only child raised in the company of her mother and grandmother in Little Rock, AR. She possessed a strong nature with a desire to contribute and improve conditions around her, and always with a gracious smile and a heartfelt laugh. She received a degree in Sociology from Texas Women's University in 1960. Upon completing her degree, she married Reagan Boone and proceeded to have two children, Melanie and Blake.

In 1966, the family moved to Carrollton, TX and Sarah and Rea became actively involved in the community for the next 20 years. Sarah loved her children, but she wasn't a mother to sit at home. In her early career, she held a variety of positions including writing commercials for WFAA and substitute teaching in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. She also assisted Rea in establishing Boone Insurance. While chairing the annual Junior Women's League Ball and seeking funding underwriters in 1975, she so impressed the management of Prestonwood Bank that she was offered the position of Vice President of Marketing. Thus began a twenty-five-year career in the banking industry. Despite working fulltime, Sarah continued to stay actively involved in school issues and the city's history. She helped with the restoration of the A.W. Perry home and was a founding organizer of the Carrollton Country Fair that brought revitalization attention to the downtown square. Sarah also made breakfast every morning for her children and insisted on dinner at the table in the evening to discuss the days issues. With the untimely death of Rea in 1999, Sarah moved to Granbury and retired from Community Bank in 2001.

Sarah then became involved in the bed and breakfast and hospitality industry in Granbury and later in Del Rio, TX where she moved in 2004. Sarah loved living on the border and soaking up the Hispanic culture, although she never lost her southern accent when speaking Spanish. She became active in border issues and was especially concerned by the disruption to families and the environment caused by the construction of the border wall. In the summer of 2010 she moved to Poplarville, MS to be close to her grandchildren. While in MS, she volunteered with the Brother's Keeper Ministries Food Bank and helped initiate an annual chili cook-off fundraiser. She also met a new love, Ben Nabors. At the time of her passing, she was living in Bay St. Louis, MS.

Sarah is survived by her daughter Melanie, son Blake, three grandchildren, Channing, Keeler and Carlie, and her partner, Ben.

A remembrance of her life will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton, TX . Friends are invited to drop by to share stories and pictures and a smile. If you wish to honor her memory, Sarah has a longtime supporter of National Wildlife Federation. Contribution can also be made to the National Audubon Society as Sarah, with the encouragement of Ben, had become an enthusiastic birder.
Published in Star Local Media from May 27 to June 2, 2018
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