Age 88 of Ritchie, Illinois died peacefully on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois, surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 17, 1934 in Giles County, Tennessee, Sarah Ruth was a daughter of the Reverend Pink and Maggie (Sweeney) Griggs. She was raised and educated in Giles County, and on March 9, 1968 Sarah married Robert Glenn Brown at his family home in Ritchie. She was a past member of the Wilmington Church of the Nazarene and devoted her life to raising her family. Sarah enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning, and raising her chickens. She took pleasure in handcrafts such as sewing and embroidery, or simple things like coloring books. Sarah looked forward to playing board games and puzzles with her family, especially Yahtzee, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was an excellent caregiver, whose nurturing heart always made sure to put her family's needs before her own, who treasured the countless memories made with her family.
Survivors include two daughters: Lee Ann (Eric) Maynard of Wilmington and Bobbi (Don) Peters of Morris, Illinois; her son-in-law, Jon Galayda of Ritchie; six grandchildren: E.J. (Samantha) Maynard, Hannah Maynard, Paige Peters, Kayla Peters, Logan Peters, and Erica Maynard; two great grandsons, Memphis and Zeke; brothers and sisters: Marzee Thomas, Dimple Prentice, Johnny (Judy) Griggs, and LeVert (Johnny) Wilson; five sisters-in-law: Sharon Griggs, Lib Griggs, Verna Griggs, Evelyn (Melvin) Fennewald and Kathleen (Max) Hoffman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends: Tom and Angela Murray.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harry and Jean Brown; one daughter, Julie Ann Galayda; brothers and sisters: Pink Griggs, Jr., Raymond (Donna) Griggs, Janella (Gene) Lovell, Clifford Thomas, Clarence Griggs, Lovelace Griggs, Hudson Griggs, and Sheilds Griggs; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Janet Brown and Roland Brown.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 3:00 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m.
A private family burial will follow at Wesley Cemetery in Ritchie, where Sarah will be laid to rest with her husband, Robert. Pallbearers will be: Eric Maynard, Don Peters, Logan Peters, E.J. Maynard, and Jon Galayda.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Sarah’s memorial page via social media.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.