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Sarah J. Hitchens Venable

Berlin–Sara J. Hitchens Venable, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  
Born in Ocean City, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ellen Lynch Hitchens. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ward Venable.  
Surviving are her sons; William “Bill” Venable and his wife, Sandra, of Bishopville, Pat Venable and his wife, Kay, of Parsonsburg, and Dale E. Venable and his wife, Denise, of Bishopville, and her sister-in-law, Sally Hitchens.  
She was preceded in death by a son, James B. Venable in 2003. She leaves two granddaughters, Maddie Farlow and Ellen Venable Passwater, two great grandsons, Matthew and Thomas Passwater, and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Venable was a co-owner of Hoffman Drycleaners, now Venable’s Cleaners, in Berlin. She was a member of Atlantic United Methodist Church, Past Matron of the Worcester County Chapter of Eastern Star, Worthy Matron of Holly Chapter of Eastern Star, and a member of “She Shells” Order of the Boumi Temple.
Mrs. Venable was preceded in death by her brothers, Horace and James Hitchens, and sisters; Dorothy Stevens, Betty Rappaport, and Ellen “Pete” Haas.
A funeral service was held Feb. 1, 2014 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Robert Miller officiated. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. A donation may be made in her memory to: Berlin Volunteer Fire Company 214 South Main St. Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may sent via