• Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sara Holland Stiles Russ

Sara Holland Stiles Russ died on April 25, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C. She was 85.

She was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Wilmington, N.C., the daughter of Sally Congleton Holland and Charles Pleasant Holland.

Sara was the wife of the late Roger Graydon Russ Jr. She was a homemaker and mother, a substitute teacher, cafeteria worker, private duty companion, passionate gardener and skilled seamstress. She enjoyed travel, crocheting, ceramics, reading and gambling in Las Vegas. She loved swimming and sunbathing, fishing on Johnnie Mercerís Pier and crabbing in Masonboro Sound.

Sara will join her husband at Wilmington National Cemetery. Interment will be private.

Survivors include two brothers, Joseph Holland (Doris) of Wilmington, N.C., and Charles Holland (Caroline) of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; a sister, Jane Flowers of New York; two sons, Richard David Stiles (Karen) and Roger G. Russ III (Tatiana); two daughters, Katherine Gail Stiles of Ashland, Ore. and Julie Smith Hoff (Michael) of Cottageville, S.C.; grandchildren Alexander, Anastasia, Ezra, Jonathon (Kirsten), and Michael; and two great-grandchildren, Parker and Paige.

Sara was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Eleanor Ruths. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org.

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