OBITUARY: Sarah Jane Drewry, 95

Sarah Jane Drewry, 95, of Marblehead died Aug. 12. Born in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, she was the beloved wife of Kenneth Drewry, whom she met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They shared 74 years of marriage.

Sarah Jane Drewry

She was the devoted mother of James Drewry (Jo Schmidt), Thomas Drewry (Marie Drewry) and Jayne Drewry-Leahy (Dick Leahy). She was the cherished grandmother of Lindsey and Locklin McKinnon, Hillary and Michael Sarvary, Shauna and Matt Travaglini, Trisha and Ryan Labbe, Kenneth Drewry, Brian Leahy, Kevin Leahy and David Leahy. She was the dear sister of Paula Chandler of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Drewry and her husband moved to Marblehead in 1955 and raised their three children. She was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott, the Marblehead League of Women Voters, Corinthian Yacht Club and the Historical Society of Early American Decorators.

Drewry volunteered for many years at Marblehead Junior Aid Society, was a secretary to the Marblehead Housing Committee, an assistant teacher teaching ESL and living skills at Operation Bootstrap in Lynn (now Pathways Lynn).

She was taught to sail by her husband and sailed alongside him for 30 years in the Lightning, 210 and IOD class. She enjoyed downhill skiing, gardening and sharing produce with everyone, decorative arts, bell ringing at the church and volunteering in many organizations, making everyone feel welcome. Drewry was noted for her kindness, devotion and sincerity. She cherished her time with her eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many friends.

A celebration-of-life service for Drewry will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at UU Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. A reception will follow at the church.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Inc., Lynn or online at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Drewry family can be shared at

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