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11/15/1937 — 11/28/2019
From Kennewick,WA | Born in West Point, Mississippi
Celebration of Life
Richland, WA US 99352
Sara Jane Tate Sellers was born in West Point, Mississippi on November 15, 1932 and passed away on November 28, 2019, shortly after her 87th birthday. Her parents were Robert Herbert Tate Senior and Idella Merlin Goben Tate. She was the youngest of five siblings: Anne Elizabeth Tate Cashon, Robert Herbert Tate Junior, Jacob Clinton Tate, and Russell Truman Tate.
As a 15th month old baby she moved with the family to Corinth, Mississippi so care could be given to her maternal grandparents. When World War II ended in 1945 and her brothers who had served reunited safely with the family, Merlin purchased a house in Louisville, Kentucky that was big enough for everyone to live in. Sara graduated in 1951 from the all-girls Shawnee High School, and enrolled in a local business school, eventually landing her first job at the A&P in Louisville.
After her mother passed away in 1952, Sara, Jake and Russell embarked on a trip from Louisville to visit their brother Robert who had united with their estranged father in Richland, Washington for a visit that was to be a year in duration. In November of 1953 she met James Howard Sellers on a blind date. Sara and Howard were married on March 20, 1954. Their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born on June 6, 1958. Sara was a devoted mother, wife, volunteer and employee. She worked as an accounting clerk and business office manager for several local businesses including First National Bank at the old Camp Hanford site, KALE Radio, and Lamb Weston, all places she found to be less work and more family.
Howard passed away suddenly in 1985 and Sara’s grief was compounded by the passing of two of her brothers, Bob and Jake, that same year. The arrival of her first grandson, Colin Mackenzie Dale, in August of 1990, was transformational. With a renewed sense of joy and purpose, Sara embraced being a grandmother wholeheartedly. More joy came with the arrival of granddaughter Sydney Michele in March of 1993.
Sara is survived by her daughter Liz and son in law Troy, Kennewick, grandson Colin and wife Shelby, Spokane and granddaughter Sydney, Richmond, Virginia. She also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews to whom she would always say “I love you now, and I always will.”
There will be a memorial service honoring Sara’s life on Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm at Einan’s at Sunset in Richland, WA.
Sara’s family would like to thank the doctors who have cared for her – Dr. Wassim Khawandi and Dr. Jennifer Smith and the staff at Parkview Assisted Living who have been another second family to her.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Second Harvest 1505 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
So sorry for your loss.
Liz: so sorry for your loss.
Sara was so good to Rita when she lived at Vintage. What a sweet, caring lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I worked at Lamb Weston and saw Sara every day. She was always gracious, smiling, and a ray of sunshine to our corp office. She always so proudly spoke of Colin and Sydney and her daughter and son in law. I was honored to know this beautiful lady. Hold tight to the memories and joy of Sara and know our prayers are with your family. Debbie and Larry Frankenfield
Liz, I too loved your Mom. So did my dad Rod. Such wonderful fun and memories with her at the radio station. So sorry for your loss. She was an exceptional lady.
I was sorry to hear of Sara’s passing. I worked with her at KALE/KIOK. She was a wonderful person, always looking out for her “boys at work. She will be missed by her family and many friends.
First, I want to apologize for not being there to celebrate your wonderful life on Saturday. I will be at a baby shower, but I know you would appreciate Betty and I celebrating a new member of our family, while simultaneously celebrating you in spirit.
You’ve given us so many great moments and memories. These are some of the ones I cherish as I rewind the decades of knowing you…
• Howard – When you say his name, love radiates! It’s as if he were just here with you yesterday.
• The Lamb Fam – You always treated me like family! It was a fund surprise to see your retirement memory on the wall the last time I visited.
• Liz – Your pride and joy! Always praising her hard work and success.
• Sidney and Collin – Your PRIDE and JOY! We always had the child/grand-child connection, because they were so close in age.
• Troy – The man after Howard!
• Stories – You always had a great story and could recount it in ways that made me laugh ‘til I cried! The extension cord in the parking lot tale always gets me… only because you were okay, of course.
• Facebook – You are everyone’s biggest cheerleader! Every single person I’m “friends” with feel like they know you too.
• Seahawks – The wreath on your door marks the spot!
• No Pretense – You’re a straight shooter – kind, but straight!
• Health – You’ve had some ups and downs over these years, but you handled it all with grace.
• Celebrations – We had some good birthday celebrations for you and Betty, pies, lunch, kind words… Your presence at my 50th was a highlight!
• Perspective – You look at things simply – for what they are!
• Connection – No matter how long between posts, chats or visits, we could pick up right where we left off.
• Cheer – Your solar powered window toys reflect your cheer! I love those things.
• Spiritual – Your God is all around you!
• Your smile – It makes me so happy!
• Love of family – Yours runs deep!
• Moral Compass – An outstanding role model to so many!
You did life well and I will miss you dearly, my friend.
Until we meet again, Godspeed,
I knew Sara through her brother Jake Tate, who was our next door neighbor. She was a lovely sweet lady, my sincerest sympathy to her family.
I knew Sara through her brother Jake, who was our next door neighbor. She was a lovely, sweet lady, my sincerest sympathy to her family.