Sarah Ida J. H. Goldsborough, 104, maid and laundress

September 26, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Sarah Ida J.H. Goldsborough: An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly stated the number of great-grandchildren and the age of Sarah Ida J. H. Goldsborough, who died Sept. 20 of cardiac arrest at her Easton home. She was 105 and had 35 great-grandchildren.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Sarah Ida J. H. Goldsborough, a retired maid and laundress whose long life of hard work was an example to her eight children, died Friday of cardiac arrest at her Easton home, where she had lived for 60 years. She was 104.

Mrs. Goldsborough, who was well into her 90s when she stopped taking in ironing, and her husband taught their children the enduring value of hard work and instilled in them a love of education.


All of the children attended college, and six earned degrees.

"We were going to school, and we had better accept that idea," said a daughter, Leah Goldsborough Hasty of Pikesville, a retired educator.

"They always had a vision for the next generation," Mrs. Hasty said. "They said, 'I'll do things so my children won't have to.' They found honor in the work they were doing. They had dignity."

Sarah Ida Jane Hayman was born in Pocomoke City. When she was a teen-ager, the family settled in Easton. She graduated in 1909 from Greenwood High School in Princess Anne.

"One of her memories from those days was looking across the bay and seeing the glow in the sky from the Baltimore Fire of 1904," Mrs. Hasty said.

In 1913, she married George H. Goldsborough. In 1917, they went to work for Willard and Lydia Rouse in Easton, the parents of the late developer James Rouse.

Mrs. Goldsborough was a maid and laundress and her husband was a butler, gardener and chauffeur. She rose at 5 a.m. to make biscuits and get her children off to school.

After the Rouses died in 1930, Mrs. Goldsborough took in laundry, raised chickens and tended a large vegetable garden at her home. Her husband, who died in 1973, found jobs as a field hand and construction worker.

Mrs. Goldsborough's father was a Methodist minister, and so she and her husband laid down a strict code of behavior for their children. They permitted no drinking, no smoking, no cursing and no talking back to elders.

"I never heard my mother ever gossip, brag or swear -- not even when she burned herself while cooking," said a son, Coleman A. Goldsborough of Easton.

His mother was the oldest member of Asbury United Methodist Church, which she joined in 1917 and where services were held yesterday. At the church, she was a member of United Methodist Women and the Stewardess Board.

"The church was really the focal point of her life," said the son. "She read her Bible every day, and the example of her life was 'Do unto others.' "

According to family members, Mrs. Goldsborough didn't speculate too much on her longevity but commented that she had seen more in the last 20 years than the previous 80.

Mrs. Goldsborough is survived by four other sons, Frederick B. Goldsborough of Lawrence Township, N.J., James A. Goldsborough of Dover, Del., Eldridge P. Goldsborough of Wilmington, Del., and Warren B. Goldsborough of Easton; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Pub Date: 09/26/96

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