ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Sarah Eastman Kimmey, passed away April 19, 2019.
Sarah was the beloved wife of Dr. James Kimmey, Jr., for more than 60 years, devoted mother of Elisabeth Kimmey and James R. Kimmey III (Emily) and grandmother to Jacquelyn, Ryan and Spencer. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend to all who came her way.
Sarah was born Sept. 23, 1936 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Eastman. She graduated from Denison University in 1958 with a degree in sociology and secondary education. She completed a certificate in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1958.
Sarah graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1954. She is survived by her sister, Mary Kathryn Eastman of Mount Vernon and her brother Robert N. Eastman of Pelham, AL.
In the summer of 1957, an unsuspecting Sarah Eastman was lounging with a friend on a raft on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin when Jim Kimmey and his compatriot decided it would be a good time tipping that raft over. The rest, as they say, is history.
Sarah taught elementary school for five years and was Appointment Secretary to Senator Burch Bayh of Indiana from 1963 to 1966. Over the next five decades, Sarah and Jim lived in Metro Washington; Berkeley, California, where they welcome Elizabeth in 1967; Staten Island, New York; Madison, Wisconsin, where James was born in 1975; and St. Louis, Missouri, accumulating friends and memories along the way. Sarah volunteered in her children’s schools; Children’s Theater of Madison; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood, and Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, serving on the Altar Guard at each; St. Louis University Hospital and Auxillary, Woman’s Club of the St. Louis University School of Medicine; and many community organizations each place she lived.
Sarah was an accomplished home cook, whose pecan pie was nonpareil. She loved entertaining, hosting a Christmas Eve party every year for members of the choir at Christ Church Cathedral. She and Jim tended a wonderful garden in Lafayette Square, which was featured in the Lafayette Square Home and Garden Tour and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Each day, she strove to make the world she walked in a little bit brighter for the people around her. Later in life, she enjoyed nothing more than watching her grandchildren grow.
May her spirit live on in all of us who loved her!
Submitted by Mary Eastman.