Sara Marjorie Gregory (Nee Hardin)
February 6, 1923 – January 26, 2019
Sara Marjorie Gregory passed away at the age of 95, less than two weeks short of her 96th birthday, on January 26, 2019, at Sierra Place in Carson City. However, her legacy of service to her country and marvelous stories of her work at the White House will be cherished long after her passing.
Born Sara Marjorie Hardin in Hawkinsville, Georgia to James Arthur Hardin and Ruby Lois Hardin, Sara grew up in the Atlanta area before bravely venturing on to Washington, DC. One week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she passed a Civil Service exam and left her home for Washington at the young age of 18. There she met her husband John, her beloved husband of 68 years, just two days after she arrived. They were married three months later.
Though she began her long career with the United States government at the Department of the Navy, she most fondly remembered the eleven years she spent working at the White House, from 1962 to 1973, through the administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. She had a front-row seat to some of the most inspired and historic moments of the Twentieth Century, from President Kennedy’s assassination to the first manned landing on the Moon.
In 1980, Sara and John moved to Carson City in order to be closer to their daughter and grandson. There, Sara lived a full and rich retirement, staying active in local social and charity organizations and supporting her family.
She now joins her husband, John Gregory, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Sherman, her grandson, Ian Sherman, and her great-grandsons, Hank and Frederick Warren. Her dear companion, her beloved poodle Kodi, survives her as well, and dearly misses his time spent sleeping by her side.
Sara was a gifted conversationalist; she quickly made friends wherever she was, and she always brought smiles to the faces of those around her.
Though all of us miss her dearly, we find comfort in being part of a life so well lived. Sara was a remarkable woman, and she lives on through our memories of her.