Sarah's Story

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On July 28, 1943, Sara (Sally) Louise (Hightower) Trussell was born in Brownwood, Texas. She is the daughter of H.C. (Bill) and Ruby L. (Starr) Hightower. After a lengthy bout with lung cancer, the Lord came and took her into Heaven at Hillcrest Medical Center, February 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family; Sarah was read to leave this earth, so she could be with her parents once again. The bond with her mom and dad was always with her throughout her life and after life.
Throughout her school years and while her father was in the military, she attended school in several states including Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana and New York. While a small child and into her teenage years, she had a nomadic life. Her mom and dad, grandparents and aunts and uncles were adventurous people; when one family would move, the other families would move to the same town. They always stayed together as one big happy family.
Throughout her life, she worked as a secretary, executive secretary, administrative assistant and was a professional model. Presently, Sarah and her husband Phil were the former owners of Home Insulation and Seamless Guttering of Muskogee.
Sarah loved gardening and working outside. She also loved creating different art work, genealogy and crossword puzzles as they had been a challenge since she was a young girl. Sarah loved enlarging old family photos and framing them to give to relatives for their enjoyment. She had a passion for NASCAR Racing and Dale, Jr. was her favorite driver. She had a heart for helping and giving. She always strived to be a perfectionist in every endeavor she undertook, but she never had enough time to do all of the things she wanted to do.
When her oldest son Bret was about 4 years old, he told his momma "when you die and go to heaven, you will have a front row seat, because you are a good momma". Sarah had a very deep and special love with her children, grandchildren, great granddaughters and great grandsons. She was always there to help them, to listen to them when they spoke, and always loved them with passion and kindness. She was called Mother, Mom and Momma by her children; her grandchildren called her Grams, Granny and Grandma Sally, and Grandmother, they could call her anything and she would answer. She thought the best gifts are tied with heartstrings and one of her favorite sayings was sent to her from her brother; "Family and Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly".
Mrs. Trussell was preceded in death by her loving mother, Ruby L. Hightower; her loving father, Bill Hightower; her maternal grandparents, James F. and Sarah G. (Sundback) Starr; paternal grandparents, Glyn W. and Mary L. (Cline) Hightower; niece, Elizabeth L. Hightower; stepdaughters, Robin D. Anderson and Tina McDaniel; uncles, Carl E Swenke, Bob G. Hightower and Jack C. Hightower; great uncle, Sterling Sylvester Hightower; aunts, Bonnie L Curcio, Opal Hightower, Betty J. Swenke and Jo Hightower; and loving cousins, Shirley Hightower, Gary Hightower, Fred Swenke and Benny Hutchinson.
Loved ones left behind to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Phil Trussell of the home; two sons, Bret S. Hake of Muskogee, OK, and Derek G. Hake and wife Gail of Muskogee, OK; and one daughter, her Starr, Jami S. Anderson and her companion, Joseph Chaffin, of Muskogee, OK.; her 6 loving grandchildren, Candise M. Noon and her husband Dave of Okmulgee, OK., Michael A. Hake of Muskogee, OK, Kara M. Hake of Bentonville, AR, Alexander S. Hake of Rimrock, AZ, Lakota S. Miller of Braggs, OK, Gavin C. Hake of Muskogee, OK, and Maureen E. Hake of Philippines; two great granddaughters, Auhstin M. Hake of Siloam Springs, AR and Sarah H. Hake of Arizona; and four great grandsons, Gauge Hake, Shelby Cline Hake both of Siloam Springs, AR, Derek S. Hake of Muskogee, OK and James Hake of Arizona; one dear brother, Leon W. Hightower and wife Rebecca of Weatherford, OK; four nephews, Dr. Lance W. Hightower and wife Sue of Tulsa, OK. and their children, Raelee and Sterling, Laird W. Hightower and wife Krista and their children, Nadia and Maverick of Frisco, TX, Layne W. Hightower and wife Sara of Geary, OK and their daughters Madison and Kaylie; nephew, Dr. Laren W. Hightower and wife Carrisa of Tulsa, OK and their sons, Walker and Josh. Sarah also leaves behind one stepson, Lt. Col. Michael Anderson, USMC and wife Christine and their children, Tara and Isaac of Hawaii; stepdaughter, Ashley Henry and husband Mike and their daughters, Haidyn and Landan; stepson-in-law, Trapper McDaniel and daughter, Ashlyn; beloved sisters-in-law, Linda Jones and husband Jerry of Tulsa, OK, Anna Kay Webster and husband Phil of Crowder, OK., and Cecile M. Jan of Sand Springs, OK. Sarah shared a relationship of love with so many of the Trussell Family including the families in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
If anyone would like to make a donation, please give to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, TX 78759 or online at www.heart.org. or the American Lung Association in Oklahoma, 730 W. Wilshire Blvd, Suite 105, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, or online at www.lung.org.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services honoring Sarah's life will be at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Sarah wanted to be buried near her mother and father at Fort Gibson National Cemetery and she will receive that privilege. Pallbearers will be Dr. Lance W. Hightower, Laird W. Hightower, Layne W. Hightower, Dr. Laren W. Hightower, Michael A. Hake, Lakota Miller, and Gavin Hake. Honorary pallbearers will be Eva White, Debbie Richerson, Steve Bacon, Shane Frix, Jim Hunzeker, Dan Chaffin, Larry Chapman, Joey Chaffin, Kevin Dishman, and Charlie Ayers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.
Published on February 24, 2017
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