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Sarah Faye Ware Dunham


Funeral service for Mrs. Sarah Faye Ware Dunham, 86, of Goodwater, was Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the Alexander City Church of Christ. Minister Brendan Chance, Wilson Gounce, and Minister Clarence Denney Sr. officiated. Burial followed in the Smyrna Cemetery.

Sarah Faye Ware Dunham, known affectionately to most as Sage, passed away peacefully in her home in the Smyrna Community on October 12, 2023. Born on July 29, 1937, in Alexander City, she was a beacon of love, faith, and selflessness, touching the lives of many throughout her 86 years.

Sarah was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family, which she loved dearly, includes her daughters, Linda Joiner Parr (Ricky Joiner) of Goodwater, Glenda Dunham Jones (Howard) of Alpine, and honorary daughter, Kristina Royal (Chris) of Goodwater. She was the proud grandmother to Jason Joiner (Ashley), Jeremy Joiner (Ashlie), Michael Greathouse (Nicki Doc), Matthew Greathouse (Jessica), Kortney Gaffney (Aaron), and Aidan Royal (Allie). Her joy extended to her great-grandchildren, Heath, Alaina, Layla, Harlynn, Matthew Jr., Lomax, Harvey, Jayden, Kinslee, Ashton, and Hudson. She was also survived by her lifelong best friend, Cora Tankersley of Alexander City.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Grover Lomax Dunham; her parents, Maudie Irene and Harvey Adam Ware; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Ruth and Don White, Sandee and Mike Abrams, and Debbie and Jackie Cowart.

Sarah retired from Russell Corp after 32 dedicated years as a sales office associate. She then became a Pink Lady Volunteer and held many offices and was once chosen as Volunteer of the Year. Her volunteer work led to a job as a part-time switchboard operator at Russell Medical for 12 years. All the while she was active in her church and community. After retiring the second time she was strongly encouraged to return to Russell Medical’s switchboard, where she served briefly. She served as president of the Smyrna Community Club and Neighborhood Watch and was a dedicated member of the Kellyton Community Club.

Sarah’s interests were as varied as her skills. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, and creating beautiful pieces of art with her hands. Her love for gardening yielded beautiful flowers in her yard. She also enjoyed cooking, canning, and reading, especially studying her Bible. Sarah was a Godly woman whose strong faith was a guiding light in her life and an example to all who knew her.

Her faith-filled, selfless, and loving nature made her a cornerstone of her family and community. She touched the hearts of those she knew with her kindness and unwavering faith.

Sarah lived a life full of love, faith, and service. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched, and she will be remembered as a selfless woman who made the world a better place through her actions. Although she will be missed, her memory will continue to inspire and guide those who were fortunate enough to know her. She has now received her reward for a life well-lived and is enjoying Heaven with her beloved Lomax.

The family would like to thank the following for their loving care of Mrs. Sarah: Enhabit Home Health staff, UAB-Highlands Geriatric Clinic – Dr. Duxbury and staff, UAB-Highlands Geriatric ACE Unit staff, and Kirkland Clinic – Dr. Gregory Chapman.

A very special thanks to Jessica Greathouse, Mama’s Angel, who took such tender and loving care of her.

The family will accept flowers or contributions may be made to the Smyrna Cemetery Fund; c/o William Futral; 582 Coosa County Road 122; Goodwater, AL 35072.

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