Sadie E. Cox Ames
Hand County, South Dakota Genealogy & Family Research Center
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Sarah "Sadie" Elizabeth Ames, 107, of Miller, S.D., died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004 at
Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller, South Dakota.
Funeral services will held Monday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in
Miller with the Rev. David Andrews officiating. Burial will be at the Tulare Cemetery,
Tulare, S.D. Reck Funeral Home, Miller, is in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers will be Larry, Wayne, John and Ricky Ames, Ed Baruth and Tom Schatz.
Honorary casketbearers will be Jim, Scott, Mike, Charles, Randy and Jeremiah Ames,
Paul and Dan Jaragoske and Steve Schatz.
Sarah Elizabeth Cox was born November 5, 1896, at Tampico, Ind., the sixth child of
Oscar and Lydia (Porter) Cox. While young, her family moved to Lafayette, Ind., where
she attended school, completing her eighth year. While a young woman, she worked at
Purdue University in the food service at one of the dormitories.
Her family moved to Tulare, S.D., where her father did farm work in the area and her
mother managed a cafe and hotel. She helped out in the cafe, which is where she met
In 1916, she married Charles F. Ames at Tulare. They farmed in the area and moved to
Montana for a short time before returning back to the Tulare, Miller and Orient areas.
In 1944, they moved to a farm northwest of Miller where they lived for many years. While
living on the farm, she raised many chickens and gardens and delighted in keeping her
supply of canned foods ready for meals for her big family.
She always planted flowers and is remembered for her bachelor button flowers and
always "saved the seed" for another planting. She loved to read and enjoyed books until
her eyesight failed. She enjoyed sewing and in addition to sewing clothes for her family,
she made many quilts and pot holders. She completed her last quilt at the age of 99.
She was devoted to her family and made each one feel special. She was a friendly,
loving person and became endeared not only to her family, but also to her caregivers at
Prairie Good Samaritan Center where she resided for the past eight years. She always
had a big smile and welcomed friends with a hug as she wheeled about in the nursing
home wearing one of her aprons over her dress. She never adapted to wearing pantsuits and refused to wear anything but her dress.
She was a member of the Greenleaf Methodist Church where she was baptized, the
United Methodist Women and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post
Auxiliary in Longmont, Colo., where her son, Kenneth, lives.
Having lived in three centuries, she had many memories to share with her grandchildren.
At the time of her death, she was the third oldest resident in South Dakota.
Survivors include six children, Robert of St. Lawrence and his special friend, Minerva
Jacobs; Alice Baruth of Woonsocket, David (Delores) of Miller; Kenneth (Norma) of
Longmont, Colo.; Sally (Jim) Schatz of Miller; Steve (Gerri) of Virgil; two
daughters-in-law, Myrtle Ames and Edna Ames; 30 grandchildren, 68
great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, a grandson, five sisters and a brother.
CSR note: Sadie was such a special lady. I've decided to include additional family photos.
Oscar & Lydia (Porter) Cox
Parents of Sarah 'Sadie'
Sadie & Charles Ames - c. 1946
"Magazine cover" birthday greeting I made for Sadie's 107th celebration - csr
More family pictures below