Sarah Doub Penry
1930 - 2020
Penry, Sarah Doub

March 9, 1930 - November 11, 2020

Sarah Doub Penry, RN, 90, passed away on November 11, 2020. Sarah was born March 9, 1930, in Yadkin County to Arzie A. Doub and Fannie Saylor Doub. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Kiffin Penry; son, Richard Lee Penry; brothers, Aldene Doub, William Doub, Roy Doub, Edward Doub; and sister, Edith Kiger. Surviving are her sons, Martin Doub Penry, Denny Kiffin Penry; daughter, Edie Penry Scott; daughter-in-law, Vanessa Baute Penry, MD; son-in-law, Anthony Scott; grandchildren, Caitlin, Charlotte, Sarah, and Kiffin. Sarah dedicated her life to caring for others and after attending Pfeiffer Junior College she completed nursing school at Baptist Hospital in 1953, where she also met her late beloved husband, Dr. James Kiffin Penry. Sarah was a farm girl and had a passion for nature. She went rock climbing at Stone Mountain on her 60th birthday! For the arts-she participated in both choir and bells at Ardmore Methodist Church and was an avid supporter of the Winston-Salem Symphony and always sat stage left in the Stevens Center. She was an energetic (and vocal) sports fan and attended all home Wake Forest basketball games. Above all, Sarah was a loyal friend, mother and community activist. Those closest to her described her as a "renaissance" woman, an exceptional cook, a skilled gardener, the youngest elderly lady in the neighborhood, the best mother-in-law a girl could have, selfless, generous, and the epitome of love. Sarah will be dearly missed by her family, friends and community.

Her remains will be placed in the columbarium at Ardmore United Methodist Church next to her husband. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Crossnore School & Children's Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or the Epilepsy Medication Fund, 1920 W. First Street, Suite 5541-A, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.
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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Nov. 17, 2020.
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I am so sad to read this today. How I adored Sarah! I can hear her laugh right now. . .she would drop off peaches, or any such things, gave me the opportunity to paint for her family (the Doub home) and just receive all her kindness. The world has lost a beautiful soul. My deepest sympathy to all her family and good friends. I shall never forget her.
Sandy Donn
November 28, 2020
I was sadden to hear of Sarah's passing! She was always one of my favorites at the family reunions. Her love, laughter and joy of life was always so delightful to be around! Every memory of her brings joy and smiles. Many prayers for the immediate family as you loss must bring great sadness as there was great love. May you find comfort in those precious memories!
Deana Doub
November 25, 2020
Dear Martin, We are saddened to learn this. Judy and I always treasure the exceptional kindness and care that Sarah gave us since I was a fellow with Dr. Penry. We always looked forward to visiting with her whenever we went to Gralyn. May you and the rest of the family find comfort and peace. Elson.
Elson So
November 23, 2020
Martin and family: So sad to learn of your loss. Sarah was so kind to Carolyn and me; she radiated good humor and genuine warmth. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim Willmore
November 22, 2020
Thankful we have wonderful memories of your Mom. She was our Georgia´s dearest friend.
Paul and Toni Smith and sons Dylan and Kyle
November 22, 2020
So sad to hear this Martin. She was like another mother to me. I know you will miss her terribly. Wish I could give you a hug.
Jeanne Ann King
November 21, 2020
Georgia Smith
November 19, 2020
Sarah and I talked every day. I will miss our friendship of 50 some years
Georgia B. Smith
November 19, 2020
Thinking of your family at this sad time. I will be keeping you in my prayers.
Penny Hare Taylor
November 18, 2020
From the very first time I met Mrs. Penry at WFUBMC, I knew she was special. She had the countenance of an angel, which was absolutely suited to her personality, as she was one of the kindest, most caring and humble people I´ve ever met. It has been said that "the eyes are the window to the soul;" if that is so, then Mrs. Penry had one of the most pure and beautiful souls of anyone I´ve ever known. To her family, I pray that God´s richest blessings, strength, and protection surround you at this time. Mrs. Penry embodied a shining example of God´s love in action; she was the kind of humble servant that we all should strive to be.
Melissa D. Taylor
November 18, 2020
As Sarah's niece, I can testify to the veracity of this beautifully written obituary that describes Sarah's life.
Jan Kiger Pantera
November 17, 2020
Sarah was a kind and caring person who will be surely missed by many. Sarah always had an infectious laugh and a kind word to share whenever you saw her. I will miss her wisdom and insight on so many subjects. She was truly an angel on earth and is now looking down from above. God bless your soul and may you rest in peace.
Karen Sprinkle
November 17, 2020
I will always remember her smile and laugh. A special lady.
Liz LaMuraglia
November 17, 2020
Deepest sympathies in the loss of a wonderful woman. We loved and appreciated Sarah so much!! Chris, Christine, and Joseph Reynolds
Christine Reynolds
November 17, 2020
I went to Church with Sarah. I enjoyed watching her in the Choir. She was so kind to me when my husband was diagnosed with ALS . I will miss seeing Sarah. Prayers for the family
Robin Anderson
November 17, 2020
What a warm and compassionate lady! I remember her well. Wishing peace and strength to her family in the days ahead.
A former colleague
November 17, 2020