Sarah had grown up in the Buckeye Community. She was reared by her grandparents, the Lasswells and had a fundementalist Protestant background. Sarah and Anton (Anthony) were married at the home of Sarah's cousin, Melissa (Lasswell) Bolon.

Two a half months after the death of Anthony, on Oct. 15, 1909, the seventh child to this family, Anthony James, was born. Sarah had to be both mother and father to her family of 6 children, ranging in age for 14 to infant. She continued to farm the land with the help of the children and one hired man. In 1917, Sarah made an unfortunate marriage to a man named Joseph Huffman (no relation to her father's family) who deserted her 9 times in 3 years. At the urging of her grown children she took the unusual step for the time and divorced him in 1920.
In 1921, Sarah married Jack Ford, a widower and neighbor since early married days and moved to his farm on Goldsmith Road; once again close to Spoon River which she feared so. As Sarah lay dying of cancer in 1938, the river was flooding so that a boat had to be used to go for medication and the state road department had to send special equipment to haul the hearse through the heavy mud to Buckey Church for burial next to Anthony in the churchyard with the bell tolling 62 times. This was the last burial from the Buckeye Church.

A clippingfrom Sarah's Obituary was saved by a family member:

Mrs. Sarah Belle Ford, 62, is Taken By Death
Mrs. Sarah Bell Ford, 62, died last night at her homein Cass Township. She had lived all her lifetime within a mile of the Buckeye church. Born Aug 6, 1875 in the Buckeye neighborhood, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Lasswell) Huffman, she was later married to Anthony Helle, who died July 24, 1909. Later she married John Ford, who survives. Children are: Charles Helle, Smithfield; Mrs. Clara Palmer, Boulder, Colo; Miss Bessie Helle, Chicago; Earl Helle, Beardstown; Fred Helle, Smithfield; and Anthony Helle, Canton. Step-children are: Miss Blanch Ford, Avon Harry Ford, Ellisville; Mrs. Jacuqutta Brush, Marietta; Mrs. Ona Shiver, Canton; and Mrs. Dorothy Woodcock, Farmington. Mrs. Phoebe Eveland, Cuba, is an aunt. There are several grand children. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Buckeye church of which she was a member, by the Rev. Russell Coulter of Smithfield. (Sharon Bearce)