FORTSON, Sarah Routon
March 19, 2014 12:13 AM | 7540 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sarah Routon Fortson of Marietta passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014. Born November 25, 1927 in Havana, Florida to Elma and Earl Routon, she was raised in Quincy, Florida and graduated from Florida State University in 1948. She moved to Marietta with her young family in 1955 and quickly became part of the community she was proud to call home for almost 60 years. While raising her children, Sarah took on leadership roles in many Marietta civic, school and church organizations, including the Junior League of Marietta, the Cobb County Medical Auxiliary and the Woodbine Garden Club. She was a trustee of Kennesaw State University. In 1980, Sarah and friend Sylvia Ingram partnered to create a “new venture” they called Tour Georgia, designing custom trips to cultural destinations and special events “for friends who like these excursions.” Over the next 23 years, they logged more than a quarter million miles escorting a loyal following to locations across America, Canada and Britain. A lover of the arts and theatre, Sarah’s abiding passion was bridge. Her delight in the game, and the enduring friendships it brought to her, sustained her throughout her long life. Sarah leaves behind a sister, Rebecca Shaw of Quincy, Florida; three children – Mark (Barbara) Fortson of Fortson, Georgia, William (Denise) Fortson of Midland, Georgia, and Rebecca (Simon) Young of Denver, Colorado; and six grandchildren – Thomas (Monica) Fortson, Samuel Fortson, Joseph Fortson, Sarah Kate (Matthew) Prather, Christopher Craddock, and Emma Fortson. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Willis Fortson II. Services for Sarah will be held at Marietta First Baptist Church on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Teem Building, Winnwood Retirement Community, 98 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. In lieu of flowers, Sarah requested that donations be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.
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