Sarah Ella (Free) Day

Sarah Ella (Free) Day completed her journey on earth in the early morning hours of Feb. 1,  2014. She fought the good fight, she finished the race and has earned her crown in heaven.

Sarah was born in 1925 in Opp, Ala., and later moved with her family to DeFuniak Springs where her father, Daniel Free, owned and operated a grocery store called Free’s Grocery. It was there she met her one true love, Earl Franklin Day. It was a love that lasted beyond 61 years. Earl was in the Navy, and Sarah traveled with him to ports from Rhode Island to Cuba.

The quintessential Navy wife, Sarah spent her time volunteering and giving herself in service to others. She served as the president of the Navy Officers’ Wives Club, tirelessly devoted countless hours to the Red Cross and was well respected and cherished by all who called her a friend.

Upon retirement, Sarah and Earl moved to Seagrove Beach, which had always been their dream. They built a home on Eastern Lake where they spent 24 glorious years enjoying the beach with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The memories made at “Happy Days” were priceless to all and the legacy of love they built will reverberate for generations to come.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Commander Earl F. Day, her two sisters, Raynell Goodwin and Hazel Pelham, and her beloved daughter, Paula Lee Riggs.     

She leaves behind three grateful children, Pamela Asher (Jim), Robert Day (Laura), and Trisha Day LeClere; grandchildren, Stephen Riggs, Robby Day, Sterling Riggs, Jade Wadsworth, Brian Day, Stewart Riggs, Jimmy Asher, Ashley Day, Anna Day, Sarah Marcrom, Erica Gercken and Eden Papciak; and 13 great-grandchildren and two more on the way.

Sarah was the best mother in the world, but an even better grandma. The lessons she taught and the love she instilled will span many generations, and her loving kindness, zest for life and laughter will be greatly missed by her family.

“You built no great cathedrals that centuries applaud, but with a grace exquisite, your life cathedraled God.” — Emily Dickenson 

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, especially Dr. Francis Le and Dr. Jennifer Estes for their compassion and care. Additionally we are deeply grateful for the many angels that attended to her, most notably, Derek Wilk and Gail Hobbs of Gentiva Healthcare.

Visitation services will be held from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel, 230 Park Ave. in DeFuniak Springs.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel, 230 Park Ave. in DeFuniak Springs with Robby Day officiating.

Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Riggs, Sterling Riggs, Stewart Riggs, Robby Day, Brian Day and James Valade.