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Sara (Groce) Mathis

April 27, 1923 ~ June 12, 2021 (age 98)


Sara Nell (Groce) Mathis, 98, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, at her Caldwell home.

Sara was born on April 27, 1923 to parents Seth S. and Maude (Nix) Groce in the Volney Community of Burleson County. She attended Volney schools and later graduated from Caldwell High School.  In 1943, Sara married Bennie Hemenes and  was blessed with her only child, Larry James Hemenes in 1944.  In July 1955, she would later marry Travis Morris Mathis. Sara and Travis enjoyed their life together in Bryan. While living in Bryan, she was very active in professional, civic organizations and Calvary Baptist Church.


 Sara had different jobs over the years, she worked as a PBX operator in both Caldwell and later at Bryan Air Force Base.  She also managed the S&H Green Stamp redemption center  and was a bank teller at  First National Bank in Bryan.


In later years, Sara and Travis retired and moved back to Caldwell. Sara was never idle, keeping herself busy with activities at Providence Baptist church. She loved singing in the choir, and learning to navigate facebook to keep up with family and old friends. She was very competitive and loved playing card games and dominoes.Out of all her accomplishments, she was most proud of  her son, daughter-in-law and  grandkids.  Sara enjoyed spending time with friends, even traveling back to Bryan to the JOY (“Just Older Youth”) groups at Calvary Baptist, and going out to eat with her Caldwell friend group who called themselves “The Golden Girls”. Sara and Travis loved traveling together and over the years their RV trips took them to nearly all 50 states. When back at home in Caldwell, Sara  volunteered her time with the historical society and other community groups. 


Sara was a go-getter and she continued to learn new skills even in her older years. Sara continued her lifelong passion of going out dancing, especially when she had the opportunity to attend a Sons of Hermann get-together. She learned to play the harmonica in her 80’s and would perform for nursing homes and other Burleson County events.  Sara always remained young at heart. She even learned to use an ipad and computer in her mid-90’s. Sara was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


Sara was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Travis in 2011. She is also preceded by her parents, Seth and Maude Groce and her siblings Hubert Groce, Horace Groce, John Groce, Seth Groce Jr., and Eula Bea Schoppe.


Survivors include her son, Larry Hemenes (wife Nancy); grandchildren Lori Hemenes Dowell (husband Jim), John Hemenes (wife Wendy), James Hemenes (wife Mary); great-grandchildren, Zach Dowell (wife Katie), Alexis Dowell, Tyler Dowell, Madeline Hemenes, Colby Hemenes, and Reagan Hemenes. Sara was extremely excited to meet her first great-great-grandchild, Audrey Kate Dowell who was born in April of this year.

She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.


Pallbearers will be family members – John Hemenes, James Hemenes, Zach Dowell, Ty Dowell, Jim Dowell, and Colby Hemenes. Honorary pallbearers are Vic Barnett, Richard Meyer, Jeff Groce, Lamar Groce and Seth Groce. 


Memorials may be given to:

Providence Cemetery Association 5212 CR  236 Caldwell, TX 77836

or Providence Baptist Church PO Box 625 Caldwell, TX 77836

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June 15, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strickland Funeral Home
530 Hwy 36 South
Caldwell, TX 77836

Funeral Service
June 15, 2021

2:00 PM
Strickland Funeral Home
530 Hwy 36 South
Caldwell, TX 77836

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