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Sara Scott Williams

September 5, 1933 June 24, 2021
Sara Scott Williams
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Obituary for Sara Scott Williams

Sara Scott Williams, 87, formerly of Beverly Hills, Michigan, died peacefully on June 24, 2021 with her immediate family by her side.

Sara was born in Jonesboro, Tennessee on September 5, 1933 to John and Roxana Scott. The youngest of four daughters, Sara quickly distinguished herself in the family with her musical talent, both in piano performance and voice. She asked to go to Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, which would change her life’s trajectory. While there, she met many friends from Ann Arbor who encouraged her to “Come to Michigan!” That following January, Sara boarded a train bound for Ann Arbor and never looked back. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music. In 1957, she married and moved to Royal Oak to begin her career as a teacher. She would remain in that career her entire adult life, and retired from teaching in the Birmingham Public School system with thirty years of service, teaching in both the music room and the classroom. She is perhaps remembered most for single-handedly organizing and producing operettas for her elementary school students to perform. Interestingly, these early experiences revealed talented students who would grow up to keep performing in their high school and adult years.

Those who knew Sara well understand how integral her faith was to her. She was a long-time member of Kirk in the Hills where she served as deacon and elder and sang in the Kirk Choir, her most cherished role there. She is so deeply loved within that group. She truly took on the work of her faith in every way: tending to the sick, doing acts of service quietly and nobly, and always was a voice for the vulnerable and needy. She lived her faith by example.

She was a member of the local chapter of the University of Michigan Alumnae group and served in many leadership roles within that organization. She was an avid bridge player and an even more avid traveler. Sara traveled extensively in Europe mostly, her favorite destination (hearing more operas than imaginable). Her only regret was not making to Australia in 1994 when her daughter, Carol, was living in Melbourne and her time there was cut short unexpectedly.

To meet Sara was to remember Sara … her smile was so warm and penetrating that you couldn’t help but smile back. She was colorful and vivid, from her bright lipstick and outfits to her stylish shoes that always matched. She was convivial, energetic, sometimes delightfully sassy, always with a genuine desire to engage and relate to others. She was … unforgettable.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jeff Beggs, and by her two completely adored grandchildren, Charlotte and Andrew. She is loved and remembered by extended family and friends too numerous to mention. They span the country from the shores of New England to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee. As we mourn her passing, it seems impossible to envision the world without her in it. Yet, it seems entirely possible to imagine her colorful entrance to heaven. It is that vision that will all hold onto now.

Services will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00AM at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Family will receive friends immediately following the service in Heritage Hall.

Donations made be made to Kirk in the Hills, The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan.

The family also wishes to thank the staff members at Cedarbrook of Bloomfield Hills Memory Care and Hospice of Michigan for their exemplary care.

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Wednesday

30

Jun

11:00 AM 6/30/2021 11:00:00 AM
Kirk in the Hills

1340 W Long Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Kirk in the Hills
1340 W Long Lake Rd Bloomfield Hills 48302 MI
United States
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