Sarah Lyman


Sarah Lyman
Jan. 2, 1911 - Aug. 31, 2011

Sarah A. Lyman of Dayton died Aug. 31, 2011, at Dayton General Hospital from complications of a fall she suffered in July of this year. Visitation will be before services at First Congregational Church in Dayton. Service is 2 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2011, with Rev. William Graham officiating. Graveside service will be Sept. 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. Pallbearers are Richard Jones, John Nelson, Justin Still, Mark Zuger, Raymond Woodward, William Woodward, Mike McQuarry and Anne Olson. Music provided by Mary Ellen Juris and Chuck Reeves. Interment will be in the family plot in Dayton City Cemetery.

Sarah was born to William C. and Norah (Davis) Woodward, on Jan. 2, 1911, on the family farm just east of Dayton in the Patit Creek valley. Her family was one of the earliest to settle in Columbia County, having come west from Wisconsin in 1860. Her father was the first white child born in the county to survive to adulthood. Sarah was the youngest of six children, having five older brothers: Albert (Bert), Samuel, Orley, Lloyd, and Harold. Her parents died when she was young and she lived with her brother Orley and his wife until graduating from Pietrzycki High School in Dayton in 1929. She earned a teaching certificate at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande in 1931 and taught for one year in a one-room school on Weston Mountain in Northeastern Oregon, then returned to Dayton to work as a clerk in the J.C. Penney store.

On Jan. 20, 1935, Sarah married her high school sweetheart, William C. (Bill) Lyman, at the Woodward family home east of Dayton, where she had been born. The couple had two children, Joan Dunlap Tollman and William C. Lyman. The family lived at various times in Walla Walla, Baker, Ore., and Dayton until they moved to the Woodward family farm in 1949. In 1962 they moved to the Lyman family ranch on Weinhard Hill Road. A few years after her husband Bill died in 1988, Sarah moved to her Spring Street home in Dayton, where she lived until becoming a resident of Booker Rest Home in 2010, where she happily celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 2, 2011, with family and friends.

Sarah was a consummate homemaker who readily helped with farming chores whenever she was needed. She was a charter member of Dayton's Benevolentia Club, a member of the First Congregational Church in Dayton, the Whetstone Home Economics Club, and the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington. A skilled seamstress and knitter who also loved to crochet, Sarah was known for the beautiful garments, afghans, doilies, stuffed animals and other handmade items she created for family and friends. She was an excellent cook whose freezer was always filled with homemade treats for visiting guests and family. Her organizational skills, precision and attention to detail were admired by family members as were her resourcefulness, creativity and determination, and her sense of humor and kindness were appreciated by all who knew her.

Sarah was known for her walking regimen, first along the steep Weinhard Hill roadway and, after moving into Dayton in 1992, throughout the city. She particularly liked to walk along the Touchet River dike and in and out of Main Street establishments with a cheery greeting to everyone and, until she moved to Booker, she walked to church most Sunday mornings. She loved her church family and was grateful for the love and care with which they showered her, especially during the last years of her life.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Joannie (Royce) Tollman of Walla Walla; son, William, who friends and family call Bill (Linda) of Elmhurst, Ill.; grandson, Jory (Tilena) Dunlap of Mount Ayr, Iowa; granddaughters, Margaret Lyman (Allen) Knight of Marietta, Ga., and Leah (Christopher) Lyman Waldron of Decatur, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by son-in-law, Jerry Dunlap.
We will all miss her dearly.
Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home of Dayton is in charge of arrangements.


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