Belle Sawner (12-29-09) services 1-09-10


Belle Sawner

Belle Ingle Sawner: "Miss Belle" spent a joyous Christmas Day with her family, including grandchildren and great-grand children, before being diagnosed with pneumonia and going to the hospital. She passed away Dec. 29, 2009 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz.

Belle was born in Savannah and lived there until 2001 when she moved to Tempe.

Belle and her husband, Edgar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1983. He passed away in March of 1984.

Belle enjoyed every day of her ninety six and one-half years and used each to the fullest.

She retired from Brown Shoe Company, taught ceramics, and spent fifteen years as a greeter for Wal-Mart. Belle was a founding member East End Methodist Church, a fifty year member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Mabryville Home Demonstration Club. Belle loved books and spent untold hours volunteering at the Hardin County Library. She especially loved being in the Tennessee Room gathering information about her family and helping others with their research.

Belle told wonderful stories to her grandchildren about Bill and Jim, two boys who lived in the county and was the author of three poem books.

Belle continued her volunteer work after moving to Arizona receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Belle is survived by her son Tom and daughter-in-law Doris of Tempe, Ariz.; grandson Tom and wife Bettina of Arlington, Va.; granddaughter, Jan Robertson and husband Robert of Union, Ky.; grandson, Jeff and wife Cathy of Tempe, Ariz.; granddaughter Beth Kowalski and husband Bill of Hinsdale, Ill.: great grandchildren Annie and TJ Sawner; Chris Robertson and wife Stephanie, Tim Robertson; Jordyn, Haley, and Kara Kowalski.

She also leaves two half-brothers, a half-sister and nieces and nephews.

Poet, storyteller, volunteer, ceramic teacher, quilter, seamstress, prize winner for baked goods, jelly, ceramics, vegetable and flower garden! It is no wonder that it took ninety six years, and she had projects lined up to do!

Belle would be honored to have memorial donations sent to East End Methodist Church, the Hardin County Library, or an organization of your choice.

Services for Belle will be conducted at Shackelford Funeral Chapel on Sunday Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

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