MIFFLINBURG – Sarah Paxton “Sally” Kenamond, 93, of Mifflinburg, most recently a resident of Elmcroft, Lewisburg, peacefully passed away while sleeping at 8:07 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born April 15, 1922, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late James Clarence and Hazel Bernice (Hamilton) Paxton.
Sarah graduated from Hickory High School then attended Penn State University from 1939 until December 1942, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education.
She was a member of the Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Millmont.
In 1940, Sarah was the National Dairy Queen representing PSU. Because of the accelerated war effort, she was appointed by Penn State as the Union County Home Economics Extension Representative at Lewisburg. While at Penn State, she met her husband, Lewis “Lew” V. Kenamond, who then served three years in the Navy during WWII. They were married June 5, 1945 after Lew returned home. PSU's policy in Extension Service did not allow women to be married so she became a dairy farmer's wife and mother of three children on the farm located on N. Line St. Mifflinburg. From 1956 to 1960, Sarah taught Home Economics at Laurelton State Village and also became a certified Civil Defense instructor because of Laurelton's location and construction. In the fall of 1960, she was employed by Lewisburg School District to teach senior high Home Ec. Sarah loved being an adviser of the FHA and was the first senior high teacher to include boys in advanced food preparation. Lew passed away in 1980 and she then retired in 1984 and moved off the farm. Sarah was loved and loved her friends, former students, neighbors and extended families. She traveled the United States several times after retirement and recorded details with hundreds of photos which she loved to share. Sarah was a multi-talented lady and a special Mother and Grandmother.
Sarah became very active as a Life Member of P.A.S.R.; A.A.U.W clubs, West End Fair Association and Life Member of Penn State Alumni Association.
Her family would like to thank her many doctors, caregivers, therapists and all who cared for her during her enriched life.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John P. and Nancy L. Kenamond of Mifflinburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Brick Kepler of Lewisburg; a daughter-in-law, Donna Kenamond of Williamsport; 6 grandchildren, Leslie A. Kenamond of Mifflinburg, J. Daniel and Heather Kenamond of Lewisburg, Melissa and Brad Michael of Doylestown, Michael L. and Candyce Kepler of Helena, MT, Brian P. Kepler of Hagerstown, MD and Tara and Chris Smith of Montoursville. 8 great grandchildren, Hailey, Lane and Oakley Kenamond, Liana Michael, John, Andrew and Jace Kepler and Brenna Smith.
In addition to her husband, Sarah was preceded in death by a son, David L.Kenamond, a brother, George G. Paxton Sr. and a sister, Bettie Paxton Cowden.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Sarah will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 13765 Old Turnpike Rd., Millmont, with Rev. John Yost, officiating.
Interment will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 13765 Old Turnpike Rd., Millmont, PA 17845.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.