Tomma Sargent

Final Resting Place

God's Acre Cemetery
Holden Avenue
Peru, New York, United States

Obituary of Tomma Sargent

Life Legacy

Tomma Keith Sargent passed away on November 26, 2018. She was born on July 7, 1937 in Peru, New York, to Newton & Marion Keith.

Growing up in Peru, Tomma spent her summers on the shores of Lake Champlain, helping in the family restaurant, the Royal Savage Inn. Following graduation from high school, Tomma attended the University of Vermont, joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and graduated in 1959, with a degree in Marketing. While in college, she spent her summers back on Lake Champlain, and it was there that she met her future husband, Art Sargent. They married on September 19, 1959 and enjoyed 42 years together until Art's death in 2001.

Art's career as an Air Force Pilot took them away from NY to Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Germany, and Nevada. Tomma made each stop home, while staying at home to raise their daughters, Dawn, and Christie. Her favorite memories were from their travels around Europe while stationed in Germany, and she wanted to be called "Oma" when she became a grandmother. In 1980, after her children were grown, she opened "The Party Boutique", a card and gift store, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was able to put her college degree talents to work. Following Art's retirement, Tomma and Art called Vero Beach, Florida home where Tomma took care of her mother in their home for 10 years, and also led the senior ministry at their church, "The Elderberries", for 22 years. Tomma's many years planning events and outings for the Elderberries brought countless smiles to so many. In 2011, Tomma moved to Texas to be closer to her granddaughter, Nicola, and they were like "two peas in a pod" enjoying many smiles and giggles during their time together. After Tomma's stroke in 2018, she moved back to Florida to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine and time with her family.

Tomma was a talented cook and a wonderful hostess. However, her greatest passion was writing notes and letters and keeping in touch with friends and family. She will always be remembered for her generosity, never thinking of herself, but instead, always looking for ways to help others. As a young child growing up, Tomma and her friends started "The Evergreen Club" to do random acts of kindness throughout their community, and that spirit of giving and sharing continued throughout her life. She had a smile that could light up a room, and enriched the lives of so many with the love she poured into each friendship along the way.

Tomma is survived by her oldest daughter & son-in-love, Dawn & Tom Stroup; her grandson & granddaughter-in-love, Jarred & Hope Stroup; and great-granddaughter, Lacey Stroup; her youngest daughter & son-in-love, Christie & Mark Kallenbach; and her granddaughter Nicola Kallenbach. She is also survived by her sister & brother-in-love, Tanny & Billy Ladue; sister-in-love, Helen Sargent; and many cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Sargent, Jr; and her sister, Tarley Keith.

Services will be held in Peru, New York at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her favorite charity, "Joni & Friends", or please find an opportunity for a random act of kindness in memory of Tomma's giving spirit.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all …"

Philippians 4:4-9

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, NY. 518-643-9055.

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