Sara W. Timbers, a former licensed practical nurse and retired librarian, died on Friday, July 5, 2019. She was 83.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1935, to the late Dorothy Downes and Lester Holmes in Denton, Maryland. She was second oldest of eight siblings. She was known fondly as “Sister” to her family and close friends.
Timbers attended and graduated from Lockerman High School in Denton. Shortly after graduating, she left Denton and entered the U.S. Air Force. She later received further education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and served as a licensed practical nurse as various hospitals in Philadelphia.
Timbers later worked as teacher’s assistant and as a librarian in the Philadelphia School District, from where she retired.
While serving in the Air Force, she met Clifford Cooper Jr. and from this union one son, Clifford Cooper III, was born. After her husband’s sudden passing, she met and married Marshall “Tim” Timbers and from that union Deidra and Sara Timbers were born.
Timbers was an avid reader and educator. She loved crossword puzzles and cryptograms. In the neighborhood she was the block secretary and to the kids she was unofficial school supply provider, librarian and nurse. On any given day you could find a neighborhood child sitting at the dinner table eating along with her children.
“A witty, one-of-a-kind, strong and intelligent woman, Sara took great pride in family roots and traditions,” her family said in a tribute.
“Sara was well respected, strongly intuitive and knowledgeable in various subjects. She would tell you the truth and let you decide how you want to take it.”
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lester “Sonny” Holmes and William “Brother” Taylor, and sisters, Mary E. Ward and Patricia Hofmann.
In addition to her children, she is survived by: her grandchildren, Simone Timbers, Kiana Cooper and Chonate McKeever; sisters, Delores Warfield, Delma Richardson and Rebecca Robinson; and cousin, Milton Carter of Delaware.
Services were held July 13 at Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653-75 Chew Ave.