Obituary of Sara “Sally” Hutchinson Moseley
Sara “Sally” Hutchinson Moseley, age 99, died on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Slidell, Louisiana. She was born on October 31, 1922 in LaGrange, Georgia, to Frank Witherspoon Hutchinson and Mary Lane Hutchinson.
She graduated from LaGrange College with a BS in Bacteriology. She was a bacteriologist in the laboratory at Emory University Hospital, reporting to the Chief of Medicine and at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA conducting polio research. At Emory, she met her future husband, Dr. Arthur J. Moseley Jr., and they were married in 1950, just before he entered military service in the Korean War. She moved to Daytona, Florida, to work during this time, bought a daysailer, and learned to sail on the Halifax River.
After the war, she and Art spent a brief period in Columbia, South Carolina, then moved to Winter Haven, FL, where Art established a private practice and Sally worked in the lab before becoming a full-time homemaker and devoted mother of four.
Their children are Arthur Jefferson Moseley III (Mary) of Slidell, LA; Mary Lane Bellis (Dr. Edwin) of Salisbury, MD; the late Frank Witherspoon Moseley (Josephine) of Oldsmar, FL; and the late Sara Howard Mitchell (Dr. Robert) of Atlanta, GA.
Sally enjoyed hosting parties, traveling, and working in artistic media including painting watercolors, needle-working, making jewelry, and especially, creating finely detailed compositions with seashells known as sailors’ valentines. She served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven and rose early to swim a mile a day with friends in their Polar Bears swim club.
In retirement, she and Art moved to Boca Grande, FL, where they enjoyed golfing, fishing, walking on the beach, and sailing their 41-foot ketch, the Nauti Moe. In 1987, Art joined Holland America Line in Seattle and Windstar Cruises as a ship physician, and they traveled extensively to destinations including Tahiti and an around the world inaugural cruise on the MS Rotterdam.
Following Art’s death, Sally spent time with her children, residing consecutively in Atlanta, GA; Oldsmar, FL; Salisbury, MD; and Slidell, LA.
She is survived by two children, Jeff Moseley and Mary Lane Bellis; five grandchildren, Sara Bellis Henrikson (Matthew), Owen Bellis (Hannah), John Moseley (Alexis), Jennifer Moseley Bennett (Cody), and Lily Moseley; and five great-grandsons, Rhys, Lane, and Whit Henrikson and Henry and Walter Moseley.
A graveside service will be held at Shadowlawn Cemetery in LaGrange, Georgia on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at the home of Tommy and Debbie Hutchinson of LaGrange, GA. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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