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Sara Smith Bare
  • September 28, 1946
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  • April 28, 2021

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL Sara Smith Bare, MSW, LCSW, wife, mother and social worker died April 28, 2021, at her home in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Sara was born September 28th 1945 to Ernest and Annette Smith of Lavonia, Georgia. She graduated from the University Of Georgia, class of 1973 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Jim Bare moved into the apartment next door after moving from Miami to Atlanta in 1976. He literally married “The girl next door” a year later, and is a story Sara loved to tell.

Sara practiced social work at Georgia Mental Health Institute and other community centers for 16 years. The family then moved to Los Gatos, California in 1991 and then to Ellicott City, Maryland where she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker until she retired to Daytona Beach, Florida with her husband Jim.

In her leisure time Sara loved to travel and enjoyed going to their home in Lake Tahoe. Although not a skier, she enjoyed playing the slots and spending time with her family and friends while there. Sara was an avid reader, had numerous pets over the years, also loved wildlife, and gardening. One of her favorite things while living in California was cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal for all their friends who could not go home for the holidays.

She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, James W. Bare Jr., and her daughter Jamie Bare Hardy (Jonathan), granddaughters Kyleigh, Piper, and Lilian Hardy of Bethlehem, GA. Her sister Peggy Todd (Ernest) of Auburn, AL., nieces and nephews, Amy Reardon, Robin Reardon Carlton, Russell Todd (Jill), Stephanie Albritton (Clint), Jacob Gray, and Dylan Gray. Also great nieces and nephews, Michael Windon, Nicholas Windon, Carolina Carlton, Audrey Carlton, Gray Albritton, Vivian Albritton, Anna Albritton and Felicity Albritton. Additional loved ones include her brother and sisters-in-law Stephanie Bare Reardon, Michael Reardon, and Beth Bare Gray.

Sara was a sweet quiet person with a wonderful sense of humor and stubborn nature that served her well during her marriage to Jim. She leaves an empty place in our hearts and lives and will be missed by all who knew her.

Sara will be buried at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. A small private memorial service will be held. Sara would very much enjoy that she be remembered through donations to the Halifax Humane Society, Daytona Beach, Florida where she volunteered after her retirement.


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  1. 03 May 2021
    Cynthia and Mitchell says:
    A life well lived
    Is not always one that is long
    It is a beautiful life
    That reminds us all, to live, and live well
    With our dreams, and our love and our goodness in the world
    For this is our reminder
    To be
    To be alive
    To be happy
    To be
    A loving and caring soul.
    Dearest Sara, thank you for your heart.

  2. 30 Apr 2021
    Tom & Linda Anderson says:
    Sara was such a wonderful friend to our family. Her calm demeanor was such a blessing in many instances when we dropped our concerns at her feet. We had the privilege of attending a Master Gardner Program with her years ago. My husband would drive us to the meetings and slept through most of the instruction. For the final exam he sat between us and would copy off our sheet for his answers. He made a higher grade than both of us...we never let him live that down! I can't believe she is not in this world for me to pick up the phone and call. She was Godmother to our son, took him for his interview at John's Hopkins when she lived in MD, Jim nd Sara attending our sons wedding in Tallahassee. So many good memories we shared about Jamie and Paul. Sara Bare you left foot prints on our heart!! So now that you have left us for the next dimension...be sure and save us a seat!! Love the Anderson family!!

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