She was born in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 1, 1924, the only child of Key Pinkney and Mary (Fleming) Mott. She was the granddaughter of the late James Louis and Sarah Martha (Key) Mott of Union City.
Sara began her college studies at Duke University, at age 16, and continued studies at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. She received her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her doctorate at the University of South Carolina.
After a few years of teaching at the high school level, Sara Mott became a well-loved English professor at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., from which she retired. She then enjoyed a few years as a realtor.
Sara moved to Memphis in 2002 to be near relatives and became an active member of Kennington Point, Ridgeway Baptist Church and several book clubs, where her academic background and articulate voice were appreciated.
During Sara Mott’s illness, she was lovingly attended by extended family members Bryan, Terri, Abagail and her namesake, Sara Evelyn Jones. The family is grateful to Baptist Hospice for the excellent care during the last two weeks of Sara’s life.
Sara Mott is survived only by her cousins, Mott and Nancy Lou Jones of Memphis, Philip and Judy Andrews and Charles Wade and Lucy Andrews, all of South Fulton, Nancy and Zerial Bass of Plano, Texas, Mary Martha and Bob Bolton of Hendersonville, N.H., and Joseph and Karen Reasons of San Antonio.
She leaves a gallery of beloved pet pictures which bespeak her love of dogs and cats, most of which friends and family recognized by name.
Graveside services will be at East View Cemetery Wednesday at 1 p.m., where she will be laid to rest in the Mott family plot. Family members and Bryan Jones will officiate.
White-Ranson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to Ridgeway Baptist Church and the Humane Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.