Sara Ellen Ernst, 83, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, April 2, 2018. Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Hillside Wesleyan Church, Cedar Rapids, by Pastor Kirk Statler. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. J. Richard Ernst; children, Joy Ernst, John Ernst and Jerry (Abbey) Ernst; grandchildren, Daniel, Aaron and Brandon Rowland, Jacob and Jonna Ernst, and Gabriel, Harper and Josiah Ernst; brother, Jack (Jeanne) Lee; sister-in-law, Lois Lee; and many nieces and nephews.
Sara was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Aberdeen, S.D., the daughter of John and Florence (Jenkins) Lee. On June 30, 1955, she married Joseph Richard Ernst, in Aberdeen. Sara was a faithful partner in ministry with her husband. She will be remembered for her gift of music she shared with the church for many years, along with various children's ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Lee; sister, Martha Hovrud; half brothers, Bernard and Richard Martin; and a half sister, Violet Egger.
Memorials are suggested to Hillside Wesleyan Church or Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center.
Please share your support and memories with Sara's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.