Sara Joyce (Bode) Kuykendall, 74, of Valley Spring, Texas passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. She was born April 3, 1938, to Lucille (Hanna) Bode and Ted J. Bode in Cherokee, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Richard Clyde Bode.
Survivors include her mother, Lucille (Hanna) Bode of Pontotoc, Texas; husband, Randy Kuykendall of Valley Spring, Texas; daughter, Kippi Kenney and Bill Ashabranner of Valley Spring, Texas; sisters, Lugenia Capps of Pontotoc, Texas and Vicki Barker of Cherokee, Texas; brothers, Ken Bode of Voca, Texas and Tooter Bode of San Antonio, Texas; one grandson, Steele Jewel Kenney of Valley Spring, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sara graduated in 1956 from Mason High School, where she was very popular and had many friends. She was a cheerleader, played volleyball and even rode a steer in the FFA rodeo.
Upon graduation she took her first job at the Corner Drug Store in Llano. All the young gentlemen rushed in to order a milk shake from the good-looking girl behind the counter! Her next job was as a telephone operator at the Llano Switchboard. She had lots of fond memories of fun times and clever pranks with the other operators.
She eventually transferred to Soutwestern Bell in Austin and moved to the big city for several years. It didn’t take long for her to return home to the country lifestyle she so loved. And it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with and marry Randy on February 12, 1967 in Valley Spring, a long-time acquaintance who soon became the love of her life. They lived on the same farm and ranch in Valley Spring up until the time of her death. She enjoyed being a homemaker and helping out with all aspects of the farm, ranch and bulldozer operation. She especially enjoyed gambling trips to Louisiana, where “Miss Sara” was the queen of the slot machines!
Sara cared for everyone and was concerned about all of our comfort even in her last days and moments. She fought a long, brave battle with lung cancer and remained positive and had faith in God each and every step of the way. Our sweet Sara went to be with the Lord peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
Sara was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Her most cherished relationship was with her grandson, Steele, who thought his Ja-Ja hung the moon. She had a unique knack for making each and every person she came into contact with feel special and had many friends from both near and far. She was loved by all and will be missed by all…
Visitation will be held Monday, July 30, 2012 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel with Revered Stan Troy officiating, burial following at the Cold Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Ken Bode, Tooter Bode, Kim Barker, T. J. Webster, Wayne Homesly and Bart Freeman.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may log onto our website, www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.