Sarah Sawyer Varney, 99 years young, of Searsport and Auburn, died peacefully Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Home of Maine.

She was born Dec. 29, 1917, in Stockton Springs, the daughter of Irving R. and Isabel Helen Sawyer. She graduated from Stockton Springs High School in 1936. Sarah married the love of her life, George C. Varney, on March 25, 1940, and they moved to Westport, Mass. In 1945, they returned to Searsport and lived a full life together for 63 years.

Sarah worked for Waldo County General Hospital for 25 years as the Director of Housekeeping and Dietary. She was proud of the very tight ship she ran there. Her love of community was evidenced by her involvement with the Second Congregational Church, Granite Grange 192, and Knyvetta Rebekah Lodge 125. Sarah was a past Noble Grand and lifelong member (80-plus years!) of the Rebekah’s.

Love of family was her utmost passion. Sarah loved to cook, bake, sew and garden. She always believed that there was no need to buy something if you could produce it yourself. Her pantry was always full of jams, pickles, and relish. Her favorite times happened when the kitchen was full of family and she was serving a meal.

Sarah spent the last five years of her life at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Home in Auburn, first in the residential wing and most recently in the nursing home. The family is most grateful to the staff for the love and care provided to Sarah.

Sarah was predeceased by her husband George, daughter Helen Yorks and son Roscoe Varney. She is survived by sons Dennis and his wife Judy of Ellington, Conn., and William and his wife Lisa of Lewiston; daughter Elizabeth and her husband Daniel Danforth of Frankfort; and daughter-in-law Susan Varney of Wiscasset. Also surviving are several nephews and niece, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren – Sarah was so proud of them all.

In accordance with her wishes, a graveside service was held Monday, June 19, at Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Stockton Springs and burial followed. Sarah has requested that anyone desiring to make a donation in her memory do so to Camp NEOFA c/o Alice Bennett, Office Manager P.O. Box 101, Liberty ME 04949, or to a charity of your own choosing. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Searsport, online at