Sarah Caroline Tyrus was born in Moberly, Missouri, on March 10, 1920, to her father, Edward Everett Brown, from Moberly, Missouri, and mother, Grace Turner Brown from Jefferson City, Missouri. She was the 3rd child in the Brown family.
The oldest child was Edwina Verill Hollins (Deceased), Othello Margaurite Kitchen (Deceased), Judith Portia Moore (Deceased), Phyllis Carlotta Thomas, Edward Everitt Brown, Bessie Kathryn Brown (Deceased), and Hubert Gordon Brown (Deceased).
Sarah Tyrus, along with her other brothers and sisters, was taught by her father, Professor Edward E. Brown in Pleasant Hill, Missouri in a one room schoolhouse. Their father taught them until he became ill, and the 2 oldest sisters had to finish teaching his class. The family moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where her father later died.
While Sarah lived in Kansas City, Kansas as a child, the Brown family became members of First Baptist Church, 500 Nebraska Ave., Kansas City, Kansas 66101.
Sarah graduated from Sumner High School and went on to attend Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri for 2 years. She met the love of her life Earl Tyrus in Jefferson City and they decided to marry and live there. While in Jefferson City they had 4 children, Earl Jr., Carolyn, Aletha and Carmen. Sarah also became a member of Second Baptist Church.
After Carmen was born, they moved to Kansas City, Kansas and had 5 more children, Spencer, Michael, Philip, Stanley, and Darryl. Sarah also renewed her membership at First Baptist Church. (Later on, as family members married or moved into careers, the family moved to Mission, Kansas where they continued to live and be a blessing and spread Christian love to others.)
Sarah, in her early years, worked as a CNA off and on at Douglas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, after the last 2 children started school.
She was an astonishing reader and taught all her children to love reading.
Sarah worked very hard in all the schools her children attended. She always joined the PTA and was the President (Elect) of the PTA at the Argentine Jr & Senior High School at one time. She was also a member of the NAACP. Being a Lifetime Member of the Johnson County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Sarah was celebrated and given special recognition for her 100th birthday in 2020.
Sarah loved to sing and always joined the choir whatever Church she attended. Sarah became a member of the Church Mission (as Treasurer), the Philathea Club and others, too many organizations in the church to list them. She always kept herself busy helping others. I remember her making soup for the neighbors who were sick or just did not have any food in their home. At First Baptist Church she was “Woman of the Year” and a 50-Year Member.
In 1986 Sarah began working with preschoolers at Trinity Christian Center in Shawnee, Kansas with teacher, Pat Webb. They became friends. She truly enjoyed working with toddlers, attending educational meetings, learning activities, and was very interested in learning new things. Pat Webb left in 1991, stating that Sarah was an excellent worker. Sarah left in 1997, serving a total of 11 years.
Sarah loved to travel and with our dad they visited many sites and cities in the United States and other countries. She left a lasting impression on others and was truly interested in the livelihood and concerns of relatives, friends, acquaintances and supporting worthwhile causes. Our parents were true examples of those who tried to live a life that was pleasing before the Lord. They have always reminded us that no one is perfect, but we should try to live a life that would be a blessing to others by remembering the word of God as we go through life. Our mother would always say, “Think Positive”! She was a true prayer warrior, believed in and practiced it even until the end of her life as she could experience it.
She will be remembered with love and admiration by her surviving children, daughters, Carolyn I. Hobbs; and Carmen M. Bass, both of Kansas City, Kansas; sons, Spencer D. Tyrus I of Oakland, California; Michael L. Tyrus, Sr. (Michelle) of Overland Park, Kansas; Philip E. Tyrus, Sr. (Colleen) of Los Angeles, California; Stanley K. Tyrus of Mission, Kansas; Darryl M. Tyrus of Overland Park, Kansas; grandchildren; great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis C. Thomas of Sacramento, California; and brother, Edward E. Brown (Mary) of Los Angeles, California; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and host of loving friends.
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