Sari Ann (Gargas) Coble

Sari Gargas Coble -- photo for obituary

Sari Ann (Gargas) Coble, 85, Baldwin City, KS, passed away May 6, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. A private family memorial will take place at a later date.

She was born in Senath, MO, on May 12, 1936. Her parents were Frank C. Gargas and Anita Gendren Gargas. Her family moved to Kennett, MO, where she spent her childhood. Sari graduated from Kennett High School in 1954 and attended The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

On August 3, 1958, Sari married George Truman Coble, Jr., in Kennett. They were married 57 years until George’s death in 2015. George spent twelve years in military service in the United States Army as a member of the Medical Service Corps. During their years in the military, Sari was active in many army wives’ organizations and also served as a Girl Scout leader.

In 1976, upon completion of George’s last assignment at Fort Leavenworth, KS, the Cobles moved to Kansas City, KS, where George joined an optometry practice. Sari worked for eight years as a columnist for the Kansan newspaper in Kansas City, KS. She also served six years as a Volunteer Coordinator at Presbyterian Manor in KCK.

Throughout her life, Sari was dedicated to community service. She served on the board of directors and Vice President of the Mid-Continent Girl Scout Council, headquartered in Kansas City, KS. She was also active in the Friends of Grinter, a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the Grinter Place State Historic Site, an important Kaw River ferry crossing on the military road between Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Scott. Sari was instrumental in organizing the popular “Apple Fest” fall festival at the site. Sari also applied her talent for arts and crafts to create unique decorations for holidays and other occasions. For many years she marketed her creations at craft fairs throughout the KC metropolitan area.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her daughters Emily Smith (Steven) and Nancy Rinehart (Ty); grandchildren Greg Smith, Aubrey Rinehart, and Rhett Rinehart; and her brother, Ted Gargas.

Sari was a “doer.” She lent her time and talents to a wide range of activities. She loved entertaining and took pride in decorating her home for every holiday. She especially loved being a grandma. Her baking skills and annual “gingerbread house” night with her grandkids earned her the nickname “The Cookie Grandma.” Sari was devoted to her family and was always proud of their accomplishments. She will remain in our hearts forever.


  1. Tracy Bennett on May 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I just now today have heard of Sari passing away. My condolences to all the family. Sari and her husband George were long standing clients of mine(at Simply Style) and also neighbors up the road from our family. Sari made me so many Christmas items and brightening my Christmas one year by making me a tree because I told her i probably wouldnt be getting one, she brought is saying, “i just couldn’t let you go through the holiday without a tree”. She also got me a light up metal LOVE sign that i will treasure as she said to, “please turn it on when Cali is born so I can see it” ,and so i set it in my window of my house and turned it on Christmas Day when she was born. George and Sari were very special to me. I’m going to miss waving to her & chatting.

  2. Daniel E Smith on May 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    It was always a pleasure to see Sari at family events. I will miss the conversations we shared on a variety of subjects. She always supported my brother Steve and Emily in their music careers and would frequent their performances with the Olathe Community Orchestra, Shawnee Mission Music in the Parks and the Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra. And, she was a wonderful grandmother to my nephew, Greg.

  3. Ted Gargas on May 13, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Quite a tribute to Sari from you’all!! I always looked to my sister! ,as did a lot of people! Our Dad was always proud of her& our mother was also!! Thank you, uncle Ted.

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