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Sarah Cooper Lear Morrisette Dies in Mississippi

Sarah Cooper Lear Morrisette peacefully passed away Aug. 31, at home in Yazoo City, Mississippi. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is handling arrangements.

Sarah Cooper was born Jan. 10, 1919, in Yazoo City, to John and Sallie Lear. She attended Yazoo Elementary School and graduated from Yazoo City High School in 1936. She enjoyed two years of college at Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans and graduated from ‘Ole Miss’ in 1940. She was a Chi Omega.
The bright lights, fashion industry and excitement of New York City during World War II attracted her there after her college education. It was there, while working as a designer model for Claire McCardell, that she was introduced to Lieutenant Ronald A. Morrisette, who was a filmmaker with the Signal Corps in the U.S. Army.
They fell in love and were married in New York, before returning to Yazoo City to live. Later on, after several years in New Orleans, Sarah and Ron traveled throughout the Caribbean on a tramp steamer. They bought land on beautiful St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, created a West Indian style home from an old Danish ruin and raised their two sons there. Over the years, many spiritual, kindred friends composed of writers, artists, actors and other creative types were entertained at Sarah’s hillside home overlooking Cruz Bay and Pillsbury Sound. She loved the sunsets from the gallery and the moon rises seen from her kitchen’s back door. She was a lover of jazz and was an excellent dancer. She was a unique and beautiful human being who was at peace when she transcended from this physical world.
Sara was preceded in death in 1970 by her loving husband, Ron. She leaves two sons and two granddaughters: Ron Morrisette of Sarasota, Florida, and Yazoo City; and Brion Morrisette and his daughters of St. John, V.I.
The family is extremely grateful to Frankie Brown for his warm, loving and compassionate care for the last year of her unique life.
She was interested in the preservation of the environment for future generations and in caring for humane treatment of homeless animals and people.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to organizations such as the ASPCA, the Humane Society, Defenders of Wildlife Society or the Animal Rescue League, 4395 South Drive, Jackson, MS 39209.
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