Sarah Carttar

 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.

40 Condolences

  1. Amanda Klein on September 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Sarah’s passing. From what I have hear and what I know she was a wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Teacher, and friend to many. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to be touched by her life.

  2. LuAnna Lingo on September 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Your family is in my heart & prayers. So sorry for your loss. Sarah was a very sweet lady to work with. I will miss her dearly.


  3. Mary Frances Ellis on September 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Sarah’s radiance is absolutely captured in this picture. She was full of light and love and I will miss my dear sister/friend every day of my life.

  4. Susie Harwood on September 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Stephen, Becca, Johanna, and Tennery, you were blessed with a wonderful wife and mother. I’m glad to have known her and will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you all.

    ~ Susie Harwood

  5. Susan Donnelly on September 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Sarah was an inspiration to all with her positive attitude. I will greatly miss her and her beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Sandy McKenzie on September 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I know that Maggie cherished Sarah and all of her family. My prayers are with you all.

  7. Phyllis Lewin on September 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    We will always remember the joy of learning that our daughter Lisa experienced in Sarah’s class each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with all in your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Sarah made the world a better place. She will truly be missed. Phyllis and Tom Lewin and family.

  8. Ardith and John Pierce on September 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Stephen and Tennery, We are thinking of you at this very difficult time. What a wonderful Wife and Mother and what a loss to all of us. Sending you our prayers for healing and eventually JOY. We are out of town for the memorial service but will be sending our thoughts at that time. Ardith and John Pierce

  9. Jocelyn Lucas on September 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Sarah was a joy and inspiration to work with at TES. Although we taught at different grade levels, I was inspired by Sarah’s positivity and outlook on life. Her smile was contagious. Her optimistic attitude will forever be with me. My prayers are with you all!

  10. Courtney Bennett on September 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Sarah was one of the most kind-hearted, warm and welcoming souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She will be forever missed in the hearts of many and I will be forever grateful to her for raising one of the best friends I could ever ask for. I love you Miss Johanna, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family as you try to figure out how to go on without this amazing woman.

  11. Mary & Bob Hartley on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Sarah’s picture is one of those pictures that is worth a thousand words. She was a bright spot in many lives—her family, her friends, her students. She will be lovingly remembered by many.

  12. Malinda Reynolds on September 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Johanna and family I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you. Your beautiful mother is no longer in pain and is now an angel. What a wonderful family she raised.

  13. Christina Hobza on September 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    To Stephen and the children: what a wonderful woman to be put on this earth. She’s touched so many lives, some (like me), in the first 5 minutes of meeting her. I was fortunate to have meet her in Las Vegas through HairUWear. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you through this difficult time. Good bless.

  14. Linda Carr Pickerel on September 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephen, and all of the Carttar family at this time. I will really miss seeing Sarah at church. She was always so friendly and had a beautiful smile. -Linda Carr Pickerel & family

  15. John Dobbins on September 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Sarah was such a positive soul and we were so fortunate to have her on this earth. That blessing is now in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Kari Anderson on September 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family. What an extraordinary woman. Her legacy is wide and deep, and will be treasured by everyone whose life she touched.

  17. Terri Rooks on September 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Neil. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you and your family.

  18. Rod Colvin on September 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I just now learned of Sarah’s passing. I am shocked and saddened. I went to high school with Sarah. I remember her intelligence and her great sense of humor! We had lots of fun and much laughter!

    My deepest sympathies go to her parents and brothers as well as to her husband, childen and grandchildren.

  19. Nat Robison on September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Stephen, Rebecca, Johanna and Tennery, all my solidarity to all of you, from afar.

  20. Emerson Hazlett on September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Steve, I am shocked and sorry for your loss of your beautiful, talented Sarah. Even though we are not in Lawrence, please know my arms are around you with all the love and caring I can give you. Emerson

  21. Steve Sooby on September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Steve, I am so sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  22. Vivian Constable on September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Sarah. I was fortunate to have known her throughout our school years and always admired her intelligence and tallent. We had a nice visit at our 40 year class reunion and I am grateful that I got to see her then. My condolences to all of her family and friends! I know you will all miss this very special lady.

  23. Cheryl M. Powers on September 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    No words can fill the void and pain in missing such a lovely and blessed mother/wife/sister, etc…so I offer prayers for some peace and a smile for the kind memories we have of Sarah.
    My love to each of you,
    (with a special hug to Tennery)

  24. Steve Winter on September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    The Hiawatha High School , Class of 1969,We have lost a Great member of our class !!! You will be missed Sarah, may God bless your family. Steve Winter

  25. Brenda Lynch on September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I express sincere sympathy. I enjoyed and respected Sarah very much. She will be truely misses.

  26. Doug Witt on September 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Steve, I know this has been a long journey and I know how much your support and love means to Sarah and your family. Be kind to yourself. Thinking of you all. Doug Witt

  27. Charles and Caicey Baird on September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. Our most heartfelt condolences. She will always be remembered for her good sense of humor and her many talents (a piano comes to mind).

  28. Mike Letcher on September 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Steve and family:

    It hurts to know your loss. Just found out tonight. Steve know that my thoughts are with you and the family at this time. May God keep you at this time. I love all of you so much.

    Your Other Brother

  29. Mike Browne on September 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Steve and Family, I just learned of Sarah’s passing and I want you to know that all the Browne’s share your sorrow.

  30. Christina Skinner on September 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    To say Sarah was a difference-maker is an understatement to the children (mine included) who she shared the most unbelievable gifts with. She was a blessing in our daughter’s life and will be so very missed.

  31. Megan Roberts Allin on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I am so sad to hear of Sarah’s passing. I can still see her in her car in my parent’s driveway the day she got engaged. My mother had introduced her to Steve and she was ecstatic when she held out her left hand to show us her ring! My thoughts are with all of your family.

  32. Caroll Steacy on September 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I was saddened to learn that that Sarah is no longer with us. I feel very fortunate to have known her as a friend and fellow teacher. Sarah was a wonderful person, talented and caring, she made a positive impact on all those who knew her. We have all lost someone really special. Please know that your family is very much in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Caroll Steacy

  33. Noda Hileman on September 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Our school will not be the same without Sarah. She loved teaching and it showed each and every day. I am grateful to have known such a kind and caring teacher, colleague and friend.

  34. Keith and Lleanna McReynolds on September 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Our hearts go out to you– Stephen, Rebecca, Johanna and Tennery and your families. Sarah was a bright light–thoughtful, kind, compassionate. Her courage in the face of cancer was extraordinary. Although she has left us, her legacy will live on in you, her family, and all of those who knew and loved her. Sending you love always, Keith and Lleanna

  35. Rich and Lissa Revenew on September 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Steve- We want to join with so many others that want to convey our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  36. Mark and Diane Kramer on September 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    To Stephen and the whole Carttar family, Mark and I so saddened by your loss. We had no idea that she was ill this past year and were stunned to learn of her passing just this past Saturday. We send our deepest sympathies and love to all of you and hope that you find comfort in the arms and care of family and friends.

  37. Dayle Hodges on September 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Blessings to you and your family.

  38. Dave & Connie Karpowich on September 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Steve and family,
    Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss and ours too. Sarah had such a beautiful outlook on life and always a positive attitude with a smile on her face. We were not aware of her illness and passing was a shock to us. She will be missed. God bless all of you.

  39. Carol dobbins on October 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I miss Sarah

  40. jaromir and magda born on January 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Stephen,just found out about your loss. Jaromir and I are so sorry to hear this! We hope you are OK. I will always remember the time, 2 years ago I run into you at Bristol. peace and love, magda

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