Sara  Key
Sara G. Key, whom so many knew as "Miss Sara," "Aunt Sara," "Sissy," "Aunt Sissy," and, most importantly, "mother" has moved her sewing business from her home in Milledgeville to a more Heavenly location as of March 9, 2020. Born in Moultrie, Ga. on Aug. 18, 1930, (delivered by her maternal grandfather, Dr. Counsel Maxwell) and named Sara Elaine Grant after her mother, she was the youngest of three children. Her brother Jimmy died several years ago, and she is survived by her other older brother, Johnny. Also surviving her are her two sons, Bruce and Michael; their wives, Michelle and Patricia, respectively; a grandson, Gordon, and a host of nephews and nieces that would take the rest of this page to name.
Sara was a fiercely independent woman who had the grit and determination needed to raise her two sons alone following her smart exit from an unhappy marriage in 1963. She worked as a secretary, bookkeeper, and in other similar jobs before moving to Milledgeville in 1967 to take over management of Grant's Restaurant when her paternal uncle James "Skeet" Grant, its founder and manager, died that year. She did not have the slightest idea how to manage a restaurant, but her brothers promised to help her, knew she had the spine of steel needed for the job, and knew that she, also, could use some help raising her sons. After the family closed the restaurant in 1972, she worked again in office jobs and retired from her last one in the early 1990s.
Her mother, during the years of the Depression when her daughter was born, put to use the sewing skills that she had learned from her own mother, Catherine Maxwell. With little money to buy clothes, Sara's mother made them for her three children. For Sara, her daughter, she made pullover dresses out of flour sacks, patched together what she could for her two sons, and also taught her daughter how to sew.
Although "Sissy" (a nickname Sara's brothers gave her) had sewn off and on all her life, she had been so busy with working that she had no real time for it until she retired. After retirement, and never being one to sit around and do nothing, she opened her home-based sewing business, Sissy's Originals. Word began to spread that, finally, there was someone who knew how to help people feel good in their clothes and make them fit. Friends and family and people totally unknown to her came to get her help. Her brother Jimmy, a CPA, always had problems with pants fitting and he would bring them to her and ask her to make "the standard deduction" in the waistline. Wedding dresses, prom dresses, altered GMC uniforms, daily wear clothes, repairs, etc. flowed out of her sewing room as new people flowed in with their alteration or custom clothing needs. She never charged what she could have for her work because she felt that she was getting something beyond money back from each person she helped, and she appreciated how doing the work kept her busy and interacting with people.
Per her specific request, her body will be cremated, and her ashes placed next to those of her late husband Wilbur¬¬ in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville. She wanted no formal graveside service nor flowers. Sara was a straight talker, a no-frills, no-nonsense kind of person who probably would not like this obituary because it focuses on her too much. But, since she has "relocated" herself and business Heaven-ward, she can't stop us from reading about her, talking about her, and remembering her with admiration and love. She was a generous woman who was never financially rich but gave freely, nonetheless.
So, whether you remember her as Sara, "Miss Sara", "Aunt Sara," "Sissy" or some other name, remember her as always answering with open hands, ready to help someone look and feel good (sometimes for the first time) in their clothes. And when we feel better about ourselves, we do better and act better She helped us all do that. Although she has left us, her spirit of generosity remains ... woven in the fabric of the clothes she made for us. The best way to remember her and to memorialize her is to put on, like new clothes, her spirit of generosity and, in her memory, help someone ourselves. She was a character who will be sorely missed by us all.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
Published on March 10, 2020

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