Sarah E. Beaty, worked with special-needs students, dies

Sarah E. Beaty, a homemaker who had worked with special-needs students, died Monday of pneumonia at York Hospital in York, Pa. She was 89.

The 50-year Savage resident had lived in new Freedom, Pa., since 2005.

Sarah Elizabeth Parks was born in Sykesville, where she spent her early years before moving with her family to Baltimore.

She was a graduate of city public schools, and in 1941 married John Wesley Beaty, a businessman. He died in 1994.

In 1955, the couple moved to Savage, where Mrs. Beaty worked for eight years as a cafeteria worker for Howard County public schools.

For 15 years, Mrs. Beaty was a special-needs assistant for Howard County public schools, where she helped disabled children until her retirement in 1992.

She enjoyed music, reading and crocheting.

Mrs. Beaty was a member of Post 7012 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in New Freedom, and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, also in New Freedom.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Liberty Road, Winfield.

Surviving are a son, John C. Beaty of Indialantic, Fla.; three daughters, Joan L. Collins of Mount Airy, and Jill B. Priebe and Janet M. Locher, both of New Freedom; three sisters, Martina Good of Fullerton, Joann F. Merkley of Baltimore and Carleen Baldwin of Ocean Pines; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Another daughter, Joleen J. Beaty, died in 1983.

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