ALBANY -- Sara Jane Bartlett Rief age 76 of Albany, Ga. passed away Thursday February 2, 2012 at Emory Hospital Atlanta, Ga following a brief illness.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Monday, February 6, 2012 at St. Teresa's Catholic Church. The Rev. Finbarr Stanton will officiate. Mrs. Rief will be cremated and her cremated remains will be buried on Tuesday 10 AM at Crown Hill Cemetery. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Rief was born Sara Jane Brannon on August 2, 1935 in Rome, Ga. She was the widow of Chester Rief, recently deceased of Albany, Ga. She was the daughter of William Weldon and Sara S. Brannon of Cordele, GA. She is the sister of Retired Colonel W.W. Brannon Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn. and Lilly B. McGregor of Valdosta, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Richard M. Bartlett. She is survived by her daughter Bridgett Cook and husband Jim of Marietta, Ga. and her son Richard M. Bartlett of Florida. She leaves behind 4 grand children Christopher Cook and wife Allison of Fairfield, Ct; Cassandra Caliendo and husband Jim of Marietta, Ga.; Kelly Cook of Marietta Ga.; and Kristen Pickens and husband Billy of Greenville, SC. In addition, she leaves 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews to mourn her passing.

Mrs. Rief attended public schools in Cordele, Ga. and attended Auburn University. Mrs. Rief was an avid athlete enjoying both golf and tennis. She also enjoyed reading and bridge. She was a sustaining member of the Charity League of Albany. She is a member of Saint Teresa Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Windship Cancer Institute, c/o Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322-1710.

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