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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 27, 2018

Sara Elizabeth Toy Zeman

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Sara Elizabeth Toy Zeman passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Kind and free spirited, Sara brightened up everyone’s life that she touched. She was born on Mar. 17, 1994 in Clarion, Pennsylvania to Barbara Duckett of Virginia and Richard Toy of Pennsylvania.

Sara moved to New Kent at the age of two and attended New Kent schools from kindergarten to graduation. While attending, she participated in New Kent Middle School’s Beta Club and Band, New Kent High School’s Choir, and lettered in track. She graduated from New Kent High School in 2012.

Sara enlisted in the United States Air Force on Aug. 13, 2013 and graduated from basic military training shortly thereafter. She was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she received technical training to do her job as an Aircraft Armament Systems apprentice. She completed her training and graduated in Feb. 2014, transferring to Moody Air Force base in Georgia.

While stationed at Moody, she quickly tackled the ranks, making Senior Airman Below the Zone, a feat limited to a select few, and then Staff Sergeant on her first attempt. Sara was deployed twice in her time at Moody, once to support Operation Atlantic Resolve from Sept. 2015 to Mar. 2016, followed by deployment to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevana from June 2016 to Dec. 2016 to fill a shortfall for a fellow A-10 Squadron. She had been on countless temporary duty assignments throughout the country since she entered service, serving as a valuable member whether as a Weapons’ Team Member or more recently as a Weapons Team Chief.

As great of an airman that Sara was, she was an even better friend. Known for being able to turn any situation into one filled with smiles and laughter, she made everyone her better and they loved her for it. She was a loving and devoted wife to her husband, Lucas, a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and granddaughter to her family. She was an avid animal enthusiast and aspired to one day be a a veterinarian. Her animals were her children; four dogs, Jenna Bean, Petey Pablo, Stella Luna, and Ramon; and two cats, Mr. Butt and Friskers. Sara will truly be missed as she was one of a kind.

Sara is survived by her husband, Lucas Zeman; mother and step-father, Barbara and David Duckett; father, Richard Toy; a brother, William Morgan; a sister, Jennifer Toy; a nephew, Zachary Raymond; grandmothers, Rita M. Irby and Alma Q. Duckett; and numerous aunts and uncles located around the country. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Christine Zeman; father-in-law, Todd Zeman; sister-in-law, Brynne Zeman; and brother-in-law, Zachary Zeman (Missy).

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers; William H. Irby, John Toy, and Roy J. Duckett; grandmother, Annabelle Wright; uncle, Joel T. Irby; and cousins, Scott Roach and David ‘Davy’ Redding.

A funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 at Seaford Baptist Church in Seasford. The family received friends one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Interment followed at Parklawn Memorial Park in Hampton, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Kent Humane Society, Inc. at

Arrangements were handled by Amory Funeral Home in Grafton.