Sarah Hackney Markham, of 204 N. Dillard St., Durham, died Thursday morning, February 20, at her home and birthplace after a lengthy illness.
Miss. Markham was born April 26, 1913, the daughter of Sadie Hackney Markham and Charles Blackwell Markham. Her grandparents, Mayor Edward C. Hackney and Lyna Mallory Hackney, and John Leslie and Eleanor Blackwell Markham, were among Durham's pioneer families, having settled here in the 1860's and 1870's.
She graduated from Durham High School in 1932 and attended Duke University from 1932 to 1934. From 1934 until 1960 she was employed at Duke Hospital in the Medical Records Department and later in the Out-patient Department. From 1965 until retirement in 1978 she served in the Medical Records Library of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she was an active participant in the life of Calvary Episcopal Church.
Until her health failed, she was a lifelong and active communicant of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham.
Sarah Markham was known for her courage and determination in the face of a lifetime of physical adversity. In 1961, after suffering a fractured hip, she was told by local rehabilitation consultants that she could never work again and that she should devote the remainder of her life to charitable endeavors as a volunteer, nevertheless she was treated from 1962 to 1964 at the Rusk Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of New York University, and was employed at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City from 1965 until 1978. She lived independently in New York City although she was unable to travel to work or cultural events by subway or bus. Perhaps her proudest moment was her successful completion of an extended course for certification as a Medical Records Technician. She attended professional meetings of this group in Toronto and San Francisco in the early 1970's and developed a substantial medical library for her personal use and continuing education.
Miss. Markham is survived by her brother, Charles Buchanan Markham of the home, and sisters, Eleanor M. Markham, of the home, and Charlotte M.Shuford, of Clarksville, VA.; and by a nephew, T.M. Shuford, Jr., and his wife, Joyce, of Clarksville, and their children, Tracy Shuford, of Raleigh, and Brian Shuford, of Burlington. Also surviving are a number of cousins of the Hackney and Markham families.
Miss. Markham was predeceased by her parents and by an infant brother, Charles Blackwell Markham, Jr., who died February 22, 1910.
Funeral services will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Monday with interment following in the Markham family plot in Old Maplewood Cemetery.
In view of the illness of Eleanor Markham, home visitation is not suggested. The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society, or St. Philip's Episcopal Church, will be welcome.
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