Sarah Blakemore Drummond

drummond sarah blakemoreOne more angel has taken to the heavens as our dear mother has gone home to meet her maker. She passed during her sleep with family by her side at her home in Winter Park, FL on July 10, 2023.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Frank O Drummond Jr, and her second husband Charles Schell. At 95, she was also the last of her siblings: Mary Johnston, John Blakemore, Martha McCrary, Frank Blakemore and William Blakemore and their spouses, all of whom have passed in a very short time of each other. They have always been such a tight-knit family.

Sarah Kent Blakemore was born in Emory, Va., on November 30th, 1927, and has deep roots in Virginia. She was a bright spot (and will forever be) in the lives of her son Frank O. Drummond III, her daughter Sarah Kent Drummond Brunnig, and her grandchildren Casey Drummond, Zachary Drummond, Mathew Brunnig, Mary Haig, Esther King, Betsy Harrelson, Katherine Brunnig and Samuel Brunnig.

Sarah attended Salem Academy, Emory and Henry College and Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary where she focused on interior design. Working in design after raising her children, she started a design business Wall Papers Etc. Sarah was highly artistic and creative. She was always a leader, too, in church, state and beyond as a den mother, Sunday school teacher, PTA president, Women of the Church president, Junior Service League president, and Republican Women. She was the first woman to join the Maitland Rotary and she helped organize several famous local art festivals.

And so much more. We are blessed to have her as our mother. Her self-portrait watches over the dining room at Rockwood Manor, a home she loved fiercely, and where she hosted hundreds with her extraordinary grace and hospitality.

Donations to First Presbyterian Maitland, Fl., or New Dublin Presbyterian, Dublin, Va., are appreciated. Both locations will be the focus of memorial services in the near future.

Mother will be “Carried back to Old Virginny” and interred in the famous Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond next to our father and our Drummond and Catlin Grandparents.

She always lived life to the fullest, loved all people to the fullest, and will spend the afterlife in style.

Love you, Mom.