Sarah Lee Lovett was born in Chariton, Iowa on March 15, 1943, as the oldest child to Harold and Bettye Williams. It was here in Chariton where she also passed away on May 13, 2019.
As a child, Sarah loved her life on the family farm in Humeston, Iowa. She grew up exploring the fields with her younger brother, David, and caring for the many animals on the farm. This led to her love and care for her cats at home. She also loved her church as this is where she first came to know and love her Lord and Savior. Later when sharing her salvation with others, you would often hear her say, “I always loved Jesus” and it began in this her childhood church.
While in Iowa, she met her future husband Stan Lovett, when a shuffling of schools occurred within the neighboring city of Garden Grove. They met in their chemistry class in 1959. After her high school graduation in 1960, Sarah pursued her nursing education at Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines. She graduated in 1963, and her marriage to Stan followed soon after in June of 1964. During their early years of marriage, they adopted their two children, David (1967) and Jill (1969) while living in Kansas City, and made their way south by way of Alabama and eventually made their home in Winter Haven, Florida. After the children were grown, they desired to move north and settled in Waynesville, North Carolina and briefly, in Asheville until 2007, when their hearts called them back to Humeston to care for Harold and Bettye, Sarah’s parents. Even though Bettye and Harold passed away in 2009, and 2010, respectively, Humeston and its people were special to them, so they made their home in Iowa once again.
In life, Sarah was a pursuer of knowledge and an encourager of people. She loved to “dig in” to learn more about events, whether biblical or current, but more importantly, she wanted to learn about the people for which she came in contact with. Some may have been uncomfortable with her questions, but because of her way, most came to know that she loved them and wanted to learn more about them. Her love for people and their well-being was evident in the career choices she made in her life—an ER nurse in her early years of marriage, a public health nurse for the majority of her nursing career, and in retirement, the founding and management of the Grassroots Café, still operating today in Humeston. Her interests were many, including planting her gardens and enjoying the competitiveness and social aspects of the card game, Bridge, but her greatest joy came from encouraging and growing others in their faith. This was evident over the years as she led over 30 Engaged Encounter weekends for married couples and facilitated many Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) groups in various states. Because of her faith and love for God, she pursued all these things selflessly, putting others before herself.
There are many who will miss Sarah’s gentleness, kindness, humor, love, wisdom, and guidance. For her immediate family, even more so, as there will always be a place in their hearts and lives that can never be filled by another. She leaves her husband, Stanley Merrill Lovett; children, David Merrill Lovett (Julie) and Jill Lovett Crawford (Dave); granddaughter, Tori Ashley Jacobs (Jake); great granddaughters, Rosalie Sarah Jacobs, Brooklyn Grace Jacobs, and Tessa Jacobs; brother, David Carson Williams; and other relatives and many, many friends.
A memorial service was held at the Cornerstone Community Church in Chariton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. A time of visiting, fellowship, and food followed the service. Burial will be in the Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa at a later date. Arrangements were through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
A memorial fund has been designed to the Cornerstone Mission in Sarah’s memory.