A memorable experience for Sarah Elizabeth Ebron was running track at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where in one race she placed second to Wilma Rudolph, the future Olympic gold medalist, in a friendly competition.
With close family members, “she talked about it all the time,” said her son, Amos Sherald, 58, of Coram, who called it “the biggest highlight of her life.”
“It was an inspiring moment for her” that allowed her “to test her skills, too,” Sherald said.
Ebron, who died of natural causes April 21 at age 84, held diverse roles in a career that led her to become one of the first African-American crossing guards in Nassau County, an aide to Spanish-language speakers in Hempstead, a tollbooth operator on the Southern State Parkway, and an office assistant at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. Family remembered her as a strong model to her sons, nieces and nephews, and granddaughter.
A single mother, Ebron, called “Flung” by those close to her, raised two sons, Amos Sherald and Timothy Ebron, who died in 1987 at age 34.
Sarah Ebron, born Oct. 2, 1931, and raised in Hempstead, studied at Tuskegee, a historically black school that attained university status in 1985, and majored in business administration at Coppin State University in Baltimore; she also studied at the New York Institute of Technology. She received an associate degree in business administration from Suffolk County Community College.
She worked for the superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, where she advocated the hiring of more assistant teachers and to improveprogramming for inner-city schools. She later moved to Freeport, where she worked at children’s shelters and churches.
Ebron then moved to Coram, and worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory as chief steward of custodians and, later, a facility office assistant in the Plant Engineering Department.
She served on the Affirmative Action Advisory Board at Brookhaven lab, and she retired from there in 1995. She then worked at the Hempstead school district, volunteering as a mentor at Franklin Elementary School.
She moved to Jonesboro, Georgia, and worked as a bus monitor for Clayton County Public Schools, and recently moved back to Coram to live with her son, Amos.
Ebron painted often, drawing landscapes and portraits.
Sherald remembered that during his youth in Baltimore, his mother would “come home from work, take off her shoes, put on her sneakers and go outside and play catch with me.” For Sherald, “it says she still had time, even after spending a long hard day of work. I never ever forgot that.”
In addition to her son, she is survived by three brothers, William Ebron of Uniondale; John Ebron of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Timothy of Union City, Georgia; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held Friday at Jackson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Hempstead. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and a funeral will start at 11.
Ebron will be buried at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale.