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Sara "Sallie" Sanford Watson

November 13, 1937 ~ August 1, 2021 (age 83)


Sallie was born November 13, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Dr. Conley Hall and Mary Elizabeth Sanford. After the death of her parents, Sallie lived with her godparents, Gardner and Emily Boone.

Sallie graduated from Miss Hutchison's School. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama where she was a Tri Delt.

After graduating, she married Keith Lane Watson and they had a son, Keith Lane Watson, Jr.

In her youth Sallie was active at Calvary Episcopal Church and the Young People's Service League in Memphis Tennessee. As an adult she was a loyal communicant of Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis where she served on the vestry, and in various outreach roles. Later in life she joined the congregation of St. Philip's Church in Frisco Texas, and remained a member of the church until her death. Her faith was the bedrock of her life.

Sallie loved people. As a young adult she served as a board member of the Junior League of Memphis, and president of The Memphis Book Club. She later went on to establish a long career as an interior designer in Memphis. She and other working women in Memphis started the Gailor Guild which met in the evening and sponsored "Soup Sunday", the day of the Super Bowl. She was also a lifelong bridge player who immensely enjoyed a game that required the company and cooperation of others.

The last decade of her life she lived in Frisco and Plano Texas. Despite her many health challenges during this time, she continued to live determined to find and experience joy in the presence of others. She lived until the end with grace, humility, and in consideration of others.

She is preceded in death by her younger brother, Joseph Sledge Sanford. She is survived by her son Lane and by her extended family:  Joel & Karen Watson, Jason & Roxanne Watson, Sean Watson, and Keith Watson; Sarah & Bryan Barnard; Emily "Wink" Ruch, Dr. Emily "Boo" Ruch, Bob & Lisa Ruch Jr, Rondi & Mark Lauterbach; Connie & Jim Coleman, Robin Boone Smith, Allison Boone Temple; Adrienne Davis.

Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Holy Communion Episcopal Church and at St Philips Episcopal Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her memory to St. Philip's Church, 6400 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, Texas or to The Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee.

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