June 6, 1941 – Dec. 15, 2022
Funeral services were Dec. 21, 2022, at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Jean G. Sauls, 81, of Columbia, who died Dec. 15, 2022, interment at Darbun Community Cemetery in Darbun, pastor James Bell officiating.
Mrs. Sauls was a longtime resident of Columbia and was a member of East Columbia Baptist Church where she was the pianist and taught Sunday school. She earned a master’s degree in education, was a published author, and devoted over 40 years teaching.
Music played a huge role in Jean’s life from her minor in music, to lifetime church ministry, performing regularly with her late husband, Bobby Sauls, and playing weekly with the Ford Boys. Earning the nickname “Jean Jean the Dancing Machine”, from her square-dancing days, Jean went on to teach line dancing for Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby J. Sauls; her aunt and uncle, Lorene and Maxie Nelson who raised her and her twin; her mother, Nellison Ellzey; father, Earle Gallagher.
She is survived by her daughter, Daphne Herbst (Ryan Rico); one son, Jeffrey Evans; one sister, June Hornsby (Benny); two granddaughters, Presley Herbst (Andrew), Chloe Rico; two great grandchildren, Reider Herbst, Charlie June Morgan; one half brother, Earle Gallagher, Jr. (Deni); one half sister, Theresa Cohen (Skip).
In leu of flowers, donations can be made to East Columbia Baptist Church.
Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign an online guest register book at www.hathornfuneralhome.com