Sara Lee Watson Courtney, 77, passed away holding her daughter’s hand on January 31, 2014.
Mrs. Courtney was a retired educator and a former flight attendant.
After high school, she became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She then attended William Woods for two years and graduated from the University of Arkansas. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, she went to the University of Arkansas at Monticello to become an English and social studies teacher.
After teaching at Dermott and Bellaire Academy, Mrs. Courtney became the GED Examiner for Southeast Arkansas. Because of her illness, she was forced to retire. She was involved in several literacy campaigns and always stressed the importance of education.
Mrs. Courtney was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a very simple lady with a sweet personality and a dry sense of humor that kept those close to her laughing and happy.
She was born on March 29, 1936, in Louisiana to the late Norman Trezevant Watson and Agnes Dew Watson.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene Courtney; her daughter, Tanya Lee Farrell and her brother, Norman Trezevant Watson, II, “Trezy”.
She is survived by her daughter, Wendee Jenneane Courtney of Maumelle and two granddaughters who referred to her as “Gran”, Kirby Ashton Farrell of Dermott and Courtney Isabella Reed of Maumelle and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held February 3 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Dermott. Burial will be at the Dermott Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers of Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR. 72205.