Sarah Landes Obituary (1929 – 2022) – Austin, TX
We celebrate the victory that Sarah Jeannine Landes is home with the Lord after 92 years of serving Him faithfully. On January 23, 2022, she joined her husband, Robert “Bob” Paul Landes, her mother, Thelma “Granny” Early, her father, William Howard Early, her sister, Mary Tuttle, and her nephew, Robert Tuttle in paradise. She is survived by her son, Robert Paul Landes, Jr. and his wife, Yvonne, her daughters Jennifer Colley and her husband, Terry, and Cindy Wappler and her husband, Troy. She is cherished by her grandchildren, Chance and Kylee Landes, Travis and Kate Colley, and McKennna, Caden and Weston Wappler, as well as many other extended family members who loved her dearly and faithfully assisted her in her care.
Sarah was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 2, 1929, living there until she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. It was there that she met our dad, Bob Landes, who spotted her at a blender for his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and sorority, Chi Omega. He immediately asked someone for her number, called her and asked her out not for one date, but for three. This led to their marriage on May 22, 1954, and lasted 42 years until Bob’s death in 1996.
Our mom graduated from UT with a major in Spanish and a minor in history. She loved learning languages and took five at a time in college. She has had many great jobs, including the Texas Pardons and Paroles Board, the Texas State Senate, and the University of Texas International Office, where she enjoyed meeting and befriending international students. But she would say her greatest accomplishment was being a mother and grandmother, and we think she was the most amazing person we’ve ever found.
Serving the Lord, his family, and others were his most important commitments. She has ministered to the underprivileged throughout her life and began ministry to the colonias of Juarez, Mexico, serving them for forty years. She continued to support them through the ministry of Hands of Luke until the end of her life. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s 17 years ago, she was determined to continue her ministry. She established many relationships with companies, acting as a middleman as they provided her with donations of items they could not sell. His garage served as a storage unit. She never let her illness stop her from sorting through items and making sure they got to the people who needed them most. Her friends and family were recruited to deliver items to the car wash, the seminary, the Mexican orphanage, Austin schools, and the Maggie Johnson nursing home, to name a few. No amount of pain or weakness could stop him from helping. At 90, when the pandemic started and the need for masks arose, she had her sewing machine moved to the dining table so she could make masks for adults and children who needed them. . She was unstoppable in her intense desire to help people. She never ceased to amaze us with her tenacity, humility and kindness – never judging, just loving people.
We are beyond grateful to the many friends, family and dedicated caregivers who brought so much joy into her life through their exceptional care and love for her. You are valued beyond measure.
His funeral will be Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Onion Creek Memorial Park, 11610 Chapel Lane, Austin, Texas. His celebration of life will follow at 11:00 a.m., First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin, Texas, presided over by Dr. Doug Keenan and Reverend Kevin Mitchell. The service will be streamed live on fbcaustin.org. The family will welcome friends after the service around the fountain in front of the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Hands of Luke Medical Ministries, 11184 Voyager Cove, El Paso, TX 79936, or online at www.handsofluke.org.
Posted by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South on January 27, 2022.