Sarah V. (Woodward) Ghent


Sarah Virginia Woodward Ghent, a lifelong resident of the Beacon area passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2023, surrounded by her loving family; she was 81.

Born in Fishkill, NY on December 29, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Willie Woodward and Eliza Ann Hill Woodward. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major A. Ghent Sr., in 1984; two brothers, Calvin Woodward Sr., and William Woodward and one sister, Mary Lucille Parker.

Sarah worked for 20 years at Castle Point V.A. Hospital until her retirement in 1985. After her retirement she spent many of her years with her granddaughters who were the love and light of her life. She spent her later years with her daughter, Leona in Kingston and also helped care for her daughter’s cat, Honey who was also near and dear to her heart.

She enjoyed reading and listening to oldies music, walking the Beacon High School track with her granddaughters and classic TV shows. Her favorite times were family gatherings, whether they were birthday parties or family picnics, anywhere that the family gathered together.

Sarah also played an instrumental role in the lives of many children from her family and friends who sometimes needed a little help along the way by opening her heart and home to care for them.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Leona M. Ghent of Kingston, NY; two sons, Major A. Ghent Jr., and his wife, Rosie of Pleasant Valley, NY and Derek L. Ghent and his wife, Deborah, of Beacon, NY; two granddaughters, Isabella A. Ghent and Gabriella D. Ghent, both of Beacon, NY; her sister, Madeline (Mattie) Woodward of Glenham, NY along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME of 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, New York. Her Family will gather privately for a Graveside Service at the Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill, New York. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit: