Florida DeMolay family,
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our "Mom" Barbara Sarner, who went to be with the Lord earlier this evening.
For those unaware, she was on vacation in Tennessee with her family for the Christmas holiday. She lost her footing and tumbled off the parking pad in front of the cabin, and rolled down the hill. She was airlifted to the nearby University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where she was treated in the ICU until tonight. Her family extended their time in Tennessee to allow for her continued treatment. That ended this evening, when she passed away.
By coincidence, my family is also in Tennessee on vacation, and we were able to be there with Missy, her husband Chris, and the kids, offering our support and communicating the many (!!!) well-wishes from the Florida DeMolay family. We were able to visit Mom Sarner before they suspended life support, and all of the well-wishes added to the comfort felt by their family.
Due to the vast number of lives she touched, and in honor of her family members who are also a vital part of our DeMolay family, it is my request that all altars be draped with a black cloth in Mom Sarner's memory, starting January 1 and lasting through the month of January.
My sincere appreciation goes out to all those who reached out in some way to offer prayers, well-wishes, texts, FB messages, etc. Mom Kimberly, Mom and Dad Meguiar and I were able to relay your messages to Missy and her family. Your support proves what we already knew - what an incredible influence and impact this beloved lady has had on so many of our DeMolay family and friends.
It is a difficult situation, but I truly hope that your memories of Mom Sarner are cherished and will make you smile.
Fraternal love & fellowship,
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Our parents will be there for us through every obstacle we will ever endure during our youth. They have loved us even before we were born and will continue to love up even past death. The first candle represents the love we have for our parents/step parents/guardians.
Religious freedom is one of the basic tenets of the Order of DeMolay; however, it is required that a young man professes faith in God or in a Supreme Being before he may submit a petition for membership. While we do earnestly enjoin our members to participate regularly in a place of holy worship, which religion he chooses is not mandated. No DeMolay will ever be disrespected or shunned due to his religious ideals, as we are all children of the universal Father.
DeMolay members are taught to be kind to everyone and be courteous to everyone no matter at a DeMolay function or out in about in their personal life. Courtesy to a young man, courtesy to aged, courtesy to the stranger, and continual courtesy to love ones.
Brotherhood. Best friend. DeMolay’s most important teaching is that we work and do everything as one. The Order of DeMolay will never tell a young man to do something on his own. Chapters work together as a “Family” to conquer every challenge the world throws at them.
The Order of DeMolay teaches faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, and to continually support each chapter member. Loyalty to keep every trust committed to you, and to keep all secrets that you have been told. Every member takes an oath that they must be faithful to.
We practice to keep our thoughts, deeds, and actions clean in all manners realizing that things we could say or things we could do have negative impact on other. We all practice cleanliness everyday when we shower and make our bed but DeMolay teaches every young man that there is more to cleanliness then just that. Cleanliness in every thought, word, and deed.
Young men go out everyday to serve and protect for the countries which we reside and many young men have fallen on the battle field and not returned home to their respective chapters. DeMolay and it’s members take the time to remember and observe the sacrifices other fellow members are making so that DeMolay as a whole will continue to strive and grow.