On January 9, 2017, Sadie Jean Means passed away. She was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on March 12, 1930 and came out west with her brother, two sisters and parents during the Dust Bowl. Together, they settled and lived a good life going to school and working together as a family team, making their mark on California history through their laboring in many burgeoning agriculture fields across California. She met the man of her dreams, Leroy Means, and together they settled in Strathmore, California where they raised four children amidst acres of orange roves that she herself helped plant. She developed a love of sewing, knitting, entertaining, travel, camping and even found herself on a motorcycle from time to time with Leroy. Sadie managed to balance her role as an involved and loving mother with countless leadership and volunteer positions outside her home and in the Porterville community. She was president of the PTA, President of the Christian Women's club, she led her children's scout groups, was a member of the Pierian book club and was a dedicated volunteer at church. She sang all her life, and was a soprano soloist and church choir member at Strathmore First Baptist Church. She even channeled her love of reading and learning into a career in the library sciences for several schools in Porterville area including Porterville College and Bartlett Middle School. Additionally, she was tasked to create the library at Alta Vista Elementary where a fund has now been established in her memory. Sadie was constantly thinking of others, and the surviving members of her own family benefited from her growing heart their entire lives. Those people include her loving sister Sybil Turner of Ridgecrest, California and brother Stanley Jackson (and wife Audrey) of Arizona; Her eldest daughter Kathy Rude of Vermont (and husband Jim), her sons Michael Means of Porterville and Thomas Means of Porterville; her five grandchildren , Keith Friesen of North Carolina (and his wife Monica), Levi Nichols (and his wife Rebecca), Allison Rude of Boston , and Ben Rude of New York City; her great grandchildren: Tessa Friesen Austin Nichols, Cameron Nichols, Hayden Nichols, and Mason Nichols, plus all the nieces, nephews and cousins who visited, cared for her, and added to the richness of her day-to-day life. She talked of missing Leroy daily, her husband of 65 years. And we feel comforted knowing she has now joined him, along with her daughter Bonie, sister Esther and her mom and dad. Sadie saw the good in everyone, and appreciated the beauty in nature's smallest miracles. If you see a bird soar, a wildflower bloom, and orange ripen or a leafy branch swaying in the breeze today, think of Sadie and smile. She would. The service will be at Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Chapel in Porterville at 10:00 am on Friday, January 13th. Graveside service at Vandalia Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting donations be made in her name to the library at Alta Vista Elementary. In Honor of Sadie Means, Alta Vista School Library, 2293 Easr Crabteree Avenue, Porterville, Ca 93257.