Memorial services for Sarah Jane Jones Carttar, 61, of Lawrence, KS, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at a later date in one of her favorite places; the Big Island of Hawai’i. She died on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Sarah, the daughter of Edwin and Patricia Albee Jones, was born on April 12, 1951, in Hiawatha, KS.
She graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1969 as salutatorian. During her high school years, she was a piano accompanist, played the French horn, the lead majorette, founder of the Sarah Jones Combo and assistant organist at the First Presbyterian Church.
She attended the University of Kansas in the School of Music, and was second chair French horn in the Symphony. She graduated with degrees in Education; Bachelors in 1974 and Masters with emphasis in Remedial Reading in 1976.
Most recently, Sarah was a second grade teacher in the Tonganoxie School District. She taught in Lawrence at Kennedy, Deerfield and Schwegler Schools. She was a teacher and difference-maker for countless children over a combined 36 years. In 2005, she was recognized by the City of Lawrence with the Mayor’s Excellence in Education Award.
Sarah was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, various book, Bunco and dinner clubs, and was a lifetime member of the KNEA.
On November 27, 1975, she married Stephen Carttar who continues to reside at their home in Lawrence. Other survivors include three daughters, Rebecca with husband Daniel Lu, of Lenexa, KS, Johanna and Tennery Carttar, both of Lawrence, KS; her parents, Edwin and Pat Jones of Hiawatha, KS; three brothers, Phil Jones of CO, Chris Jones of Topeka, KS, Neil Jones of Hiawatha, KS; and three grandchildren, Sean Lu, Aaliyah Carttar, and Adella Lu.
The family suggests memorials in her name to either of two organizations; LMH Endowment Association, FBO the Oncology Department or Tonganoxie USD 464 Educational Foundation. Donations to either may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.