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Janet Loveless

I knew Mrs. Coia through her frequent visits to the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. She was an avid reader and a very kind person. My sympathy to her family members.

Doug Lyon

I’ve been waking up in the morning and thinking I’ll go down and pour the blueberries in Anne’s bowl like I always do and it hits me, she’s not here. Everyday we have our routines and for a second I expect the usual but she’s not here. Anne has been a best friend, a mom, someone to joke with, tease, hug, protect, love, comfort and just be with. I miss her terribly. If you knew her you know she might have been the sweetest, kindest and gentlest person on earth. Anne was my wife Carol’s mom and teacher and due to that I might be the luckiest man on earth for having them both in my life.

Carol Lyon

I am not sure how this world will continue to spin without my darling Mommy. She was the heart of our family. I will miss my mother, my dear companion, my cheerleader, my teacher, my friend. I was honored to be her daughter.

Donna Pearl

My deepest condolences to the family of Sarah Anne. My heart is with you all. I am so grateful for grandmom in my life. She is a beautiful soul and I am truly blessed to have enjoyed her love and hear her stories. She loved her family fiercely and with all of her heart. Thank you grandmom for loving me and sharing your love and your life with me.

Sara Anne Coia


Sara Anne Coia (née Dowling) passed away on January24, 2022 at the age of 95 after a long and happy life.

Sara was born in Taylor, Florida in 1926 , the eldest of three children of Bert G. and Clifford L. Dowling, along with siblings Bert Gwynnett Dowling and Irma Dowling.

After her father’s death the family relocated to Sanderson, Florida. Her mother remarried to Donald Dobson. The family grew to include sister Elizabeth Dobson and brother Donald Dobson Jr. Sara worked as a secretary at the naval base in Lake City, Florida, where she met and fell in love with Joseph Peter Coia. They married in 1945 and eventually moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and remained married for 63 years, until his death in 2009.

Sara was humble, gentle, kind, funny, smart and loving. She enjoyed working in the high school library, taking long walks, reading, traveling, and organizing get-togethers with family and friends. She enjoyed her time spent living on Amelia Island in Florida, where she was a volunteer observer for sea turtle nesting and also in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She became an avid birdwatcher and helped to raise Monarch butterflies in her last years.

She is survived by her children Carol Lyon and husband Doug, Michael Coia and wife JoBeth; four grandchildren Edward Pearl Jr and his partner Melissa , Donna Marie Pearl and her wife Rhonda Newell, Justin Coia and his wife Valerie, and Evan Coia, and six great grandchildren, sister Elizabeth Smith, brother Donald Dobson Jr and his wife Mildred, sisters in law Anna Walton and Doris Dowling, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Peter Coia and her son Joseph Peter Coia, Jr., as well as her sister Irma Fraser and her brother Bert Gwynnett Dowling.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Taylor Cemetery in Taylor, Florida. She will be laid to rest beside her husband.

The family asks that you please consider making a donation to Broad Reach Hospice and Palliative Care, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham MA 02650.

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