Sarah Frances Crosby Reeves of Sanford, NC, passed away on Wednesday June 26, 2013.
She lived a life of extraordinary love, grace, and determination and will leave behind many friends and family who are better people for having had the good fortune of knowing her.
Sarah Frances was born May 29, 1919, to the late David and Pearl Myers Crosby of Chester, SC. After winning the Miss North and South Carolina Pageant in high school, she graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, in 1939. Her interest in the promotion of higher education began at Brenau. She served as a longtime Trustee at both at Brenau and Methodist University.
While taking graduate-level courses in Theatre at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she founded the UNC chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She also met Charles M. Reeves Jr., of Sanford. Their marriage of 55 years began in 1940. Shortly thereafter, they moved to New York City so that she could pursue a career in film and radio and modeling, a career cut short in 1942 when her husband left to serve in the US Navy through the end of World War II.
In 1950, she and Charlie moved to Reeves Ridge Farm where she lived the rest of her full and varied life. Farming included her legendary “egg route,” raising chickens, ducks, geese, one goat, pigs, horses and cattle, above all, lovingly tending to her family. She also became very involved in the community, supporting land conservation, the arts, and education in Sanford and across the state.
Throughout her life, she had great passion for the arts. Mrs. Reeves was a long-time trustee for the North Carolina Museum of Art and received appointments to the North Carolina Arts Council. She served on the North Carolina Symphony Board and was president of the Art Society of the North Carolina Museum of Art. She was also active in the Suzanne Reeves Literary Club, the Lee County Historical Society, the North Carolina Museum of History Associates. She was an active member of Saint Luke United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Reeves was widowed in 1995 and remained on the farm until her death.
Though she became blind some fifteen years ago, she continued to feed her mind at every opportunity. She read voraciously and challenged all who visited her to speak their minds with candor and defend their beliefs without reservation. She was gracious in sharing her own love of life with all who came through her door.
Survivors include four children and their spouses: Terry and Sarah Reeves of Raleigh; David and Lou Reeves of Hendersonville; Suzanne and Frank Brooks of Raleigh; and John and Margaret Reeves of Durham. Surviving grandchildren and spouses include: Jimbo and Elizabeth Parrott; Dave Reeves; Josh and Hillary Parrott; Rachael Reeves; Sarah Madeline Reeves; Caroline Reeves; Rebekah Reeves; and Mercer Reeves, as well as six great-grandchildren.
The family is indebted to the devoted care of Sharon Bush-Todd, Donecia Hart, Ethel Peakes, Michelle Donaldson, Becky Johnson, Ron Kelly, and James Todd.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be sent to Saint Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, NC 27330, Boys and Girls Club of Sanford, P.O. Box 227, Sanford, NC 27331, or the charity of your choice.
The memorial service will be held at Saint Luke United Methodist Church on Friday June 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Online Condolences may be at www.rogerspickard.com
Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.