Sarah Frank Pershing
1932 - 2021
Sarah Frank Pershing (nee Smith), age 89, resident of Willits, CA, passed away comfortably on July 21, 2021, surrounded with love from her three children, Susan Tappan, Bruce Pershing, and Barbara Pershing. She is survived by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Born in Salisbury, NC to O. Dale Smith and Lena C. Hill, she graduated from Amphitheater High in Tucson, AZ in 1950. Sarah served in the U.S. Air Force as a Training Instructor from 1951-53. She enjoyed her career in property management/real estate in Tucson. She outlived her ex-husbands, Vernon Gasch (dec. 1975) and Larry Pershing (dec. 2020), and 23-year partner, John Kade (dec. 2009).

Sarah, strong and feisty with a dry sense of humor, stood her ground with the apartment managers she oversaw and her boss at American Pacific Properties. She loved her kids and was so glad that she (jokingly) didn't have to drown them. The quips came quick and her brand of humor was a family favorite. She loved cross-country road trips, casino visits, watching Barbara play softball, and dancing at Singles & Friends in Tucson with John. Susan appreciated the dresses Sarah made for her, Bruce enjoyed the solo camping trips (condoned by a trusting mother), and Barbara would always greet her with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody 'Mama, oooh'. The family rests easy knowing Sarah is dancing again with John, and reunited with her mother and beloved siblings, Nancy and Baxter. Per Sarah's wishes, no funeral service will be held.

Published by The WillitsNews from Aug. 7 to Sep. 5, 2021.
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