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Sara Lea Schwarting 1926 - 2008

Sara Lea Schwarting

Sara Lea Schwarting

Sara "Lea" Schwarting died Jan. 8, 2008, in Yuma. She was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Gillette, Ark., to Cecil and Dixie Truscott Johnston, but lived most of her young life in Oklahoma.

She came to Arizona in 1946 and resided in Yuma until 1972. She and her husband, the late R.C. Schwarting, owned and operated RC Liquor and Sporting Goods. Upon their retirement, they moved to Roosevelt and then to Camp Verde.

Lea's favorite things in life were camping in the desert with friends, hunting quail and fishing Arizona's streams, lakes and rivers. She was an adventurer and explorer at heart, discovering and enjoying all that Arizona has to offer. She had many talents, such as watercolor painting, basket weaving and gardening.

Lea's survivors include daughter, Mary Lea Wait (Ross); two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Tully and John Johnston and sister, Patty Johnston,

A Memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Yuma or to the Humane Society of Yuma.

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