Ms. Sarah Diane Blue, age 60 of Broadway, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Friday, July 30, 2021, at her sister's residence.
THE MEMORIAL REFLECTIONS
“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
From the words and pen of American lawyer Horatio Spafford, “it is well with our souls” as we celebrate the fruitful life and legacy of SARAH DIANE BLUE. “Aunt Diane,” “Di,” “Dottie,” “Ms. Sarah,” “Ms. Diane,” “Chocolate Chip,” or just plain “Dee Dowdy’s Mama,” were the many names we affectionately knew her as. We rejoice in knowing that it was God’s “grace and mercy” that carried her through 60 years of her life, and even now, with her dwelling in her heavenly home.
Our beloved, SARAH DIANE BLUE, was born to the late James Talmadge Blue and Sadie Lee Blue on June 11, 1961. She was cared for and reared by the late June & Effie Prince, who made sure that she knew God; but not just know God, but also to trust Him, obey Him, and take Him at His Word.
SARAH graduated from Western Harnett High School, Lillington NC, in 1979. She later moved to Sanford NC and began in the working world. She was employed with several companies including, but not limited to: Coty, Static Control, Eaton, Moen, Magneti Marelli, and K-Mart. Her strong work ethic and aspirations positioned her to achieve her goals. Many in the workplace knew her as a “straight shooter” - she did not mind telling you like it was. However, she also gave golden nuggets of wisdom and words of encouragement when she saw fit to do so.
SARAH’s spiritual foundation was and has always been rooted and grounded at the Cameron Grove AME Zion Church, Broadway, NC. She served as a member of the Department of Christian Education, the Connectional Lay Council, the Hospitality Committee, the Praise Team, the Missionary Department, and the Lighthouse Small Group Ministry. Growing up, she would sing and help wherever “Mother and Papa” - as she affectionately called them - needed her to help. She also would lend a hand to her sister, Effie, whenever she needed an extra hand for Bible study with the children or anything that may be asked of her.
DIANE was the life of the party, loved to laugh, and have fun. The family is left to cherish those memories from the laughs we shared to the joys and the victories we had together. There will be smiles and there will be tears, but even in this, we still rejoice because we know God welcomed her into her heavenly home with open arms Friday morning, July 30, 2021.
“DOTTIE” is preceded in death by her father: James T. Blue; her grandparents: June and Effie Prince; her beloved stepmother: Pervarice Blue; and her best friend and brother-in-law: Cecil Woodard, Jr.
DIANE will forever be a part of us and etched in the hearts of her mother: Sadie L. Blue of Broadway, NC; her oldest son: Shawn Jermaine Jackson (Charlotte) of Durham NC; her middle son: Jermaine Jerode Jackson of Sanford NC; and her baby boy: Demetrius Rondelle Dowdy of Sanford NC; her ten grandchildren: Kam’ron and Juwel Jackson of Sanford NC, Taylor Woods of Sanford NC, Summer Jackson of Sanford NC, Ariana Foxx of High Falls NC, Emmanuel Jackson of Durham NC, Miracle Jackson of Durham NC, Mason Campbell of Durham NC, Jayden Jackson of Pittsboro NC, and Wesley Buie of Sanford NC; two brothers: Franklin D. Prince (Patricia) of Sanford NC and Roger Bethea of Maryland; eight sisters: Effie B. Woodard of Broadway NC, Margie B. Raymond (Tyrone) of Broadway NC, Selestine B. Farrar (Anthony) of Cary NC, Gail B. Quick (Jerry) of Broadway NC, Janice G. McKoy (Lewis) of Goldston NC, Rena Cameron-Ray of Spring Lake NC, Kimberly Percell and Indira Butler of Sanford NC; a special aunt: Flora Blue of Broadway NC; her goddaughters: Keisha Armstrong of Spring Lake NC and Veronica Ingram Williams (Joseph) of Sanford NC; and her godson: Michael Hicks Jr. of Greensboro NC. Her best lifelong friends and family include Genia Gilchrist (Sunny) of Broadway NC, Carol Howard of Sanford NC, Peggy C. Cox of Johnsonville NC, Millicent Williams (Al) of Coats NC, and Bettie McAuley of Broadway NC; generations of nephews, nieces, and cousins; and a plethora of friends.
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