Sarah (Turk) Rich, 79, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on June 10, 2020. Born on October 25, 1940 in Georgiana, AL, she was the daughter of the late James Hamilton and the late Minnie Lee Turk. In 1959, Sarah Turk married Rayvell Rich. He predeceased her in 2002.
Sarah moved to Niagara Falls in the mid sixties to 23rd Street, 3rd Street, Griffon Manor, North Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. She held various domestic jobs, picked cotton, tied tobacco, worked on farms and for South Land Foods. Health issues eventually hampered her and lastly she was placed on disability, but never shook her strong-will or her Faith. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, serving God through their social committee and kitchen committee. When Love Canal became an issue, she stepped up as one of the spokespersons for renters in the area. Sarah served as Vice President of the Renters Association, where she self educated herself on renters rights. She loved her family and friends. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for anyone. In her spare time, Sarah enjoyed bingo.
Sarah is survived by her children, Sarah J. Rich, Tina L. Rich and Ray A. Rich; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; her brother, Marcus Owens and Dorothy Simmons and Bernice Lawson who are considered her sisters. In addition to her parents and spouse, Sarah was predeceased by a son, John A. Rich; a grandchild and siblings, Lucille Brown, Arthur Hamilton, Alice Hilson, Dorothy Blackmon, William Turk, Mark Turk and John Turk.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 17th, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY (716-297-9007), where her home going service will be held at 12:00 p.m., with Rev. Jimmie Hardaway, Jr. officiating. Prayers of committal and interment will follow in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Family and friends invited****All occupancy, PPE and social distancing guidelines will be practiced. As you prepare to attend, please be mindful to bring Face Coverings and the current 25% capacity restrictions may cause delayed entry. Thank you for your comfort, support and understanding. ****Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander. Share condolences at GOODLANDERCARES.com
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