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Sarah E. Yeamans

March 7, 1926 ~ October 21, 2017 (age 91)

Sarah Elizabeth Yeamans, 91, of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Sally was born in New Kensington on March 7, 1926. She graduated from New Kensington High School in 1944 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1948 with her Bachelors Degree in Education. She later returned to school, earning her Reading Specialist Certification and Masters Degree in Elementary Guidance, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She married John Harvey Yeamans in 1950 and then moved to Philadelphia, PA and several years later to Crystal City, Missouri. In 1964 they returned to New Kensington and after Jack passed away Sally returned to school and also began teaching in the New Kensington-Arnold School District. She worked as both a Reading Specialist and also an elementary teacher until her retirement. After her retirement Sally served as a member of the New Kensington-Arnold School Board for several years. Also, in support of higher education goals for students, Sally worked with members of her high school graduating class to begin a scholarship fund, which gives $1,000 to a worthy student each year. Sally was very involved in her church community serving as an Elder and chairman of various committees at the United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington. Sally also served on the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington Campus. She was an active member of PEO, a philanthropic organization, and also was active in the Longwood at Oakmont community. Sally was an avid tennis, ping-pong and bridge player, always enjoying challenging teammates. Most of all, Sally enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at her summer home near Clarion, PA. She was a wonderful role model and source of inspiration to them all. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Albert William and Elizabeth Grotefend, and her husband John Harvey Yeamans. She is survived by her three sons, William (Mary Ann) of Parkwood, John (Mary Beth) of New Kensington, James (Georgia) of Slippery Rock, her six grandchildren, Matthew (fiancee Morganne), Eric, Shawyn, Tressa, Cedric and Andy, and her great-granddaughter Maude. Viewing will be Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Burial will follow in Clarion Cemetery, Clarion.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the New Kensington-Arnold Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414.  Please make checks payable to The Pittsburgh Foundation, and include the fund name in the memo line.  Donations may also be made online at

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