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Sarah Kathryn Bradley Wilemon February 27, 1927 - April 9, 2019

Tisdale-Lann Memorial

Sarah Kathryn Bradley was born on 2/27/27. She had three brothers and two sisters that she loved, and lost. Her dad passed away when she was 8 years old, so she was close to her mom until she lost her in 1969. Sarah Kathryn met Walter Ferrell Wilemon in 1945, and apparently (as she tells it) she agreed to marry him after he got her fired for coming to talk her so much while she was working. “Kat” and Ferrell married on June 1, 1946. They had a son, Tommy, in 1948 and a daughter, Kathy, in 1953. Their mutual love of animals meant they also raised dozens of needy dogs and cats over the years. They created a loving home, not only for their children and grandchildren but for everyone. Whoever you were, when you were at their house, you were home. Along the way, Sarah Kathryn managed to find some time to open and manage her own business. She was devoted to her family, friends, and church. She was an expert seamstress, favorite church choir tour chaperone, a charter member of the hospital auxiliary, lover of football and golf, maker of the world’s best divinity, and a dedicated believer in Friday night at the fish house. Sarah Kathryn will be missed dearly by the friends and family she leaves behind, but she will be greeted in heaven by her husband and the many loved ones who preceded her.

A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Bro. R. D. Cline officiating.

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    Jamye says

    I met her in 1976, when I was lucky enough to be born her granddaughter. As soon as I could talk, I promptly renamed her – and she became affectionately known by many as “Memommie”. It’s no secret that we had a special bond, and we never apologized for it. Sometimes you just know when someone is your person. We spent lots of summers together, which always ended in tears when it was time to go back home for the start of school. In 1994, I moved in with Memommie and Papaw while going to college. We got to cook together, bake together, shop together, and share lots of conversations over coffee together. She was there when I met the love of my life, and I was there when she said goodbye to the love of her life. We shared in the grief of losing Papaw, and in the joy of planning my wedding – although in typical Memommie fashion, the wedding dress wasn’t finished until hours before the ceremony. Memommie was my biggest cheerleader as I made it through college, grad school, and started my career. My accomplishments are her accomplishments. Because of her support in my success, we were able to experience the world together – from New Zealand to Italy. She was beautiful, smart, sweet, caring, head-strong, witty, and had a great sense of humor. I often wonder what she would have been like if she was born 50 years later. She wasn’t perfect, but to me she was amazing.

    I love you Memommie, and you will always be a huge part of who I am.

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    Brenda coghlan says

    I can’t stop talking about how sweet and loud the birds were singing at the graveside service. There were others there who kept being distracted by their songs . It was a wonderful service. She was a wonderful lady

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    Christine M Tigue says

    Jamye,
    I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She was a sweet soul. I will always remember her making me fried green tomatoes on her Bewitched cooking range. Sending you and your family hugs.
    Christine

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    Judy Lawrence says

    Sarah Kathryn was a wonderful person. She and Lorene welcomed me as a new person in town. They got me into the Pink Ladies so I have something meaningful to do in Aberdeen. I was amazed at her strength and ability to keep working at the Magnolias into her nineties. I totally trusted her driving. She was a role model to me because she enjoyed life and soldiered on. Everyone will miss her so much!

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