November 11, 1917 – September 29, 2014
The Mt. Juliet congregation and a host of friends with members of her surviving family bid an earthly “good-bye” to a kind, sweet, caring lady on Wednesday October 1, 2014. Sarah Matthews’ history with the Mt. Juliet congregation was long and endearing. Lacking just one month in reaching 97 years on this earth, her life exemplified industriousness and service. Though she remained quite independent, she shared her love with many who were experiencing circumstances of sadness, sickness, or loneliness. Many who could best share her sisterhood in Christ have themselves passed through the door of death, yet their surviving families readily shared their memories of “Miss Sarah” – her bringing a freshly baked pie, dropping by for a word of encouragement, a card of comfort, etc. Humor was reflected when she was asked why she wanted to move from Elmcroft in Lebanon: “I don’t want to live with those old people!” – and she herself was 90 years old at the time. She reportedly adamantly refused the use of a wheelchair, walking the length of the third floor hallway of the Rutland Tower daily.
An employee of McQuiddy Printing Company, she would often bring first run copies of books to share with ministers and friends. Her ever faithfulness as a participant in worship remains commendable as does her sense of propriety. In the Old Testament, Sara(h) meant “princess” and in her demeanor and character Miss Sarah certainly exemplified such. Our Lord reflected upon the actions of one woman with “..she hath done what she could” and “..she hath done a good work on me..” (cf. Mark 14: 8, 6 asv). The reflections on “the worthy woman” from Proverbs 31 aptly fit her memory, and the depiction of the caring hands of Dorcas from Acts 9 were suggested as fitting reminders of the life Miss Sarah lived.
Family and friends are encouraged to live lives that are commensurate of such nobility, in reliance upon “A Wonderful Savior” with the knowledge that she “never stood alone” through all issues of life.
written by Bill Speight