The Port Arthur News
Sarah H. Coon, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the age of 75.
Sarah was born August 6, 1937 in Henderson, Texas, the daughter of the late James Hugh and Lena Fae Hawthorne.
Sarah’s three younger siblings, the late James Hugh Hawthorne III (Malinda); surviving sister Nancy Fae Benson (Bruce) and brother, Dr. Loyd Furman Hawthorne (Brenda) were born in different Texas cities as their father worked in the construction industry. For a few years the Hawthorne’s lived in Waco, Texas.
Sarah attended Brook Avenue Elementary School, where she was double promoted to a higher grade level due to her outstanding academic abilities. Finally, the family moved to Port Neches, Texas where Sarah attended both junior and senior high schools. She graduated at 16 years of age in 1954 from Port Neches High School, garnering honors as both the youngest and the highest academically rated girl in her class. Before getting married, she attended Baylor University, in Waco, Texas through her sophomore year. In May, 1956, she married Alen W. Coon.
In 1993, Sarah moved from Arlington, Texas to Corpus Christi after the death of her husband, an Air Force Major; her companion on many adventures from Alaska to Maine, including a two-year hiatus in the Philippine Islands.
Once in Corpus, Sarah began working for the Corpus Christi Independent School District in the Human Resources Department. Once her knowledge and abilities were recognized, she became the certification officer for the District where she remained until she retired in January of this year.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Alen W. Coon on June 20, 1992 and a twin daughter, Cheryl Lynn Coon, on July 8, 1957.
Sarah is survived by her children, daughter Carol Byford and husband Edwin; sons Michael Dalton and wife Michelle; Gregory Coon, Anthony Dalton; five grand-children, Thomas and Mallory Coon, Hannah and Cody Byford, and Jace Dalton as well as numerous devoted nieces and nephews.
A family only graveside service will be held in Arlington, Texas; followed by a memorial service for family and friends on March 2, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Sarah’s name to the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Association, Texas Chapter, San Antonio.