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Sarah Oliver Oakley Phillips, Hallstead, PA, went home to be with her Lord on September 10, 2007, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital after a short illness. Her two daughters were at her side.

Sarah was born October 25, 1917. She was predeceased by her parents, Ethel and Anthony Oliver; four brothers, Austin, Harold George and Elmer Oliver; and one sister at birth, Ruth Isabella. She was also predeceased by her second husband, Arthur Phillips; and her son-in-law, Leo L. Conklin.

She married the “love of her life,” Byron Foster Oakley in 1940. Byron predeceased her in 1956.

Sarah is survived by their two daughters, Donna and Lynn Davidson, Bainbridge, NY, Sandra Conklin, Lakeside, PA; two grandsons and family, Brent and Mary Conklin, Jackson, PA, Dwayne and Donna Conklin, Susquehanna, PA; three great-granddaughters, Amanda, Katherine and Elizabeth Conklin; one sister-in-law, Maybelle Oakley; a loving stepdaughter, Cherrie Phillips Wells; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She also loved to play with her special Grand-pup, Zoë.

Sarah was born and raised in Harford Township. From 1946 on she resided in Hallstead, PA. For a few years, she worked at Montgomery Ward and later retired after thirty years from the Triple-Cities Credit Bureau at age 76.

She enjoyed many years with her family, dining out, and especially enjoyed having the family gather at her home on Christmas Eve. Sarah was a colorful and quick-witted lady whose memory was sharp to the end. She will be remembered with much love by those of us who had the honor and blessings of knowing and seeing her smile.

To Those I Love

When I am gone, just release me, let me go – so I can move into my afterglow.

You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home.”

We love you Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma and Friend.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Friday, September 14 with Pastor David Riley officiating. Interment, New Milford Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Barnes-Kasson Hospital, 400 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Clara Murfin Andrews – “Cac”, 91 – passed away Monday, September 10, 2007. She was born in Wayne Township in Mifflin County, May 29, 1916.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, the Reverend Kenneth W. “Andy” Andrews.

She is survived by her four children, Ellen Carlos and husband Bill, Stephen Andrews, Robin Andrews and wife Lonna, Robert Andrews and wife Gayle, along with seven grandchildren, Ryan, Mia, Erica, Dell, Cory, Suzette, and Kenneth, and her brother, Roy Murfin.

She is preceded in death by her three sisters, “Ess”, Dick, and Wren.

Clara was a member of the Spring Run Church of the Brethren. After traveling about the country with her husband, she returned to McVeytown for the past 25 years. She was active in church, doing whatever was needed, teaching Sunday school, leading the singing, serving as an annual conference delegate and board member, among her many duties. She was active in many churches, serving at the side of “Andy” at the White Rapids Church of the Brethren, which she her husband started in 1951, followed by service at the Church of the Brethren in Bedford, Newport and Bunkertown, PA.

Clara was always known as a spunky, independent, vocal and opinionated person who enjoyed life, enjoyed being around people, developed many, many long friendships, and was always most happy when with her family or entertaining guests in her home. She enjoyed singing, baking, sewing, craft making, and the annual vacation to the family cabin in Wisconsin. “Cac” was at various times in her life, a volunteer ambulance attendant, a literacy teacher for speakers of other languages, disaster relief volunteer, a hospital board member, and a 4-H leader.

Clara will be sorely missed by her children and many friends. The children of Clara humbly thank the wonderful people of McVeytown and Spring Run who helped her maintain her independence and realize this would not have happened anywhere but in McVeytown. Specifically the family wishes to publicly thank Mary Mumper, Jackie Barth, The Reverend Jerry Miller, Gail and Jerry Hepler, Dale and Edna Byers, and Darwin and Jessie Gearhart for their continual support of Cac.

A memorial service was held on Friday at the Spring Run Church of the Brethren, McVeytown, with the Rev. Jerry Lee Miller officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Run Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 333, McVeytown, PA 17051.

Harshbarger Funeral Home, McVeytown, was in charge of arrangements.

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