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Sara J. Funsten

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Sara J. Funsten, 89, passed away January 14, 2013, in Ashland, Oregon.


She was born January 28, 1923, in Markham, Va., the daughter of Keith and Sallie Jones. Her early years were spent in Washington D.C. and she served in the Navy WAVES division during WWII. She attended the Universities of South Carolina and George Washington. On April 3, 1948, she married Norman B. Funsten, who preceded her in death on October 8, 1997.


Mrs. Funsten lived in Altadena and Arcadia, Calif. from 1950 to 1998, then moved to Ashland. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and enjoyed Bible study at her Mt. View Retirement Residence. She researched her family history and left no gaps in its genealogy, as numerous notebooks will attest. She was also well known for her fondness of swans.

Surviving are William P. Funsten (Joyann), San Jose, Calif.; Carolyn B. Silva (Peter), Jackson, Calif.; Craig K. Funsten (Shirley), Medford, Ore.; and Clark R. Funsten (Tracey), Arcadia, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. At her request, no services are planned. She will be interred with her husband in San Gabriel, Calif.

Donations in her name may be made to a charity of your choice.

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