The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 11, 2012

Sarah C. Thomas, 83, Selinsgrove

The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Sarah C. (Bakarich) Thomas, 83, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, surrounded by her family.

She was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Bisbee, Ariz., a daughter of Grace Bakarich McCool and Michael Bakarich.

Sarah grew up on the family ranch in Cochise County in southern Arizona with her six brothers and one sister. She graduated from Tombstone High School and Northern Arizona University, where she obtained a degree in education.

She taught school for 37 years, primarily the elementary grades. A gifted teacher, beloved by her students, she inspired and motivated all who sat in her classes. Sarah began her career on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Simon, Ariz., and went on to teach in Tombstone, Sierra Vista and Litchfield Park, Ariz., and in Klamath Falls, Ore.

She married William R. Thomas in 1952 and raised two daughters and one son.

Sarah enjoyed hiking, tennis, golf and cooking and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed the arts and frequently attended concerts, plays and other community events.

She is survived by her three children, Sally Thomas, of Selinsgrove, and John Thomas and Midge Thomas, of Connecticut; six grandchildren, Michaela Orwig, of Philadelphia, Paige Orwig, of London, UK, Grace and Caleb Thomas and Jesse and Sam Gardner, of Connecticut; one sister and two brothers, Guenn Jones and Buck Bakarich, of Arizona, and Michael Bakarich, of Mississippi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services in Arizona will be arranged at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations in Sarah’s memory to Doctors Without Borders.