Sara Adaline Snyder Mullinix
August 10, 1928 - May 10, 2020
Sara was born in a farm house on Unity Road in New Middletown, OH on August 10, 1928. She was received into God’s hands to be with her wonderful husband, Don Mullinix, on May 10, 2020. She passed away peacefully living in her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Florence, South Carolina. Don passed away in August of 2007.
As a child she enjoyed playing the guitar and playing basketball. She was a good student and graduated from New Springfield high school. She entered Manchester College to study foreign languages and education. While working in a dime store in North Manchester she met the love of her life, Albert Donald Mullinix, and they were married in 1948. They farmed for a couple of years on Don’s family farm and then moved to Peru, Indiana. Sara continued to study at Manchester College and drive back and forth to the college while working at GC Murphy dime store in Peru. In August of 1949 she had a baby girl and named her Joyce Ann. Joyce has been married to her husband Steve Allen for 50 years and gave Sara and Don two granddaughters, Heidi and Sari, and four great-grandkids, Michael, Katherine, Madeline and Amelia. Heidi lives in Camarillo, CA with her husband Captain Michael France and Sari lives in Blythewood, SC with her husband, Gregg Phillips.
Don and Sara built their house on Highway 19 north of Peru and moved there in 1951. In 1952, she gave birth to her son Jerry Mullinix. Jerry has been married to his wife Alicia Hines Mullinix for 46 years and gave Sara and Don three grandkids, Andrew, Joni and Daniel and two great-grandsons, Isaac and Gabriel. Sara loved to play trucks with Isaac and Gabriel when they came to visit her while she was living with Jerry and Alicia in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Andrew lives in Lascassas, TN, with his wife, Mary (Jeannie). Dr. Joni lives in Mount Juliet with her husband, Benjamin (Wes) Johnson. Daniel lives in Memphis, TN with his partner, Dr. Sara Robertson.
Sara graduated with her degree in elementary education and in 1956 she was asked to start a kindergarten in the Methodist Church in Mexico, Indiana. She did and a year later she was hired as a first-grade teacher at Mexico Elementary School. A couple of years later she took her teaching skills to Lincoln Elementary School in Peru and taught third grade and then first grade and special ed until her retirement.
Sara and Don spent a lot of their time gardening and Sara always had a lot of flower gardens to weed. They built a campground and made a number of good memories for a lot of people in that campground. In 1993 Sara and Don moved to Nashville, TN to be closer to their family.
Sara was a direct descendent of the founder of what became the Church of the Brethren and the Old German Baptist Church, Alexander Mack. She was active in church and played the piano for many years and of course taught Sunday School. Besides church she was involved in BPW and many other organizations.
Strong in her faith, strong in her love of Don, strong in her caring for her children, strong in her desire to educate children and give them a good start, and strong in her will to be a good person, she lived a fruitful and productive life full of camping with friends like the Bowman family, full of gardening with friends like Mary Longstreth, full of love for all of her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews, and full of joy with a great sense of humor and silliness. She was great listener and did listen to all with compassion and understanding and wise responses.
She was preceded in death by her Dad and Mom, Joseph H. Snyder, Sr. and Irene M. Longanecker Snyder, and all of her siblings: Joseph H. Snyder, Jr., Lincoln L. Snyder, Ida L. Synder Coy, Mary L. Snyder Eckhardt, Pauline Snyder Sommers, Bertha Snyder Esenwein-Crothers, Esther Snyder, and Galen Richard Snyder.
Services will be held graveside at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, IN on August 15, 2020, at 10:00. The service will be officiated by Julie Cattin Walker.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.
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