Sarah Jayne Cromwell Wise \ndied at home in Penn Township, on Sunday, Oct. 30, \n2022, at age 93.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her parents, George O. \nCromwell and Dorothy Badger Cromwell Daubenspeck.\n\nSarah was born in New Castle, on Sept. 13, 1929, and \nraised in Butler.\n\nShe graduated from Butler High School and the \nPittsburgh Art Institute. She modeled for Joseph \nHorne Company, Kaufmann's and Gimbel's.\n\nShe was Miss Pittsburgh and Miss Western \nPennsylvania in 1948. She was in the Top 10 of the \nMiss America Pageant that year, winning the swimsuit \ncompetition.\nAs an illustration of how much things changed over \nSarah's lifetime, before the final evening of \ncompetition, Sarah was told she could not win Miss \nAmerica due to her being the child of divorced \nparents. However, she was told she could keep the \nscholarship money and trophies she had earned. She \nwas happy with that, since her primary reason for \ncompeting was to earn scholarship money to attend \nthe Art Institute.\n\nIn 1953, she married Vernon L. Wise Jr. While he \nconcluded his U.S. Army service that year, she won \nthe title of Mrs. Schenectady, N.Y. Over the years, \nSarah attended both the Hill Presbyterian Church and \nthe Nixon Methodist Church.\nShe was a longtime member of the Butler County \nHumane Society. In 2010, the humane society \ndedicated its annual Fur Ball to Sarah and her \ndaughter, Jamie Wise Lanier, for their support and \ninspiration.\n\nSarah was also a longtime member of the Town & \nCountry Garden Club, the Butler Country Club and \nseveral bridge groups. She volunteered doing \nemergency room triage at the Butler Memorial \nHospital.\n\nSarah had a lifelong love of her dogs and horses. \nFor decades, she and her husband were among the \norganizers of the Butler Horse Show.\nShe was a longtime member of the American Saddlebred \nHorse Association and the United States Equine \nFederation. She showcased many wonderful horses in \nthe American Saddlebred shows throughout the U.S., \nwinning many blue ribbons and making many dear \nfriends. She won her first World Championship in \n2013, at the age of 84.\nIn 2014, the ASHA presented the Gillenwalter Family \nAward to the Wise family for their years of \ninvolvement in the Saddlebred world. Sarah was proud \nof the fact that seven family members, across three \ngenerations, had shown Saddlebred horses.\n\nIn addition to her love of animals, she taught her \nchildren good manners and social graces, and how to \nswim and dive. When asked what three words most \ncharacterized Sarah, her daughter said, "Loyalty, \nTruthfulness and Forgiveness." Despite her \ncommitment to truthfulness, Sarah insisted that she \nwas perpetually 39 years old.\nSarah is survived by her husband, Vernon; daughter, \nJamie Wise Lanier (Addison) of Cincinnati; son, \nVernon L. "Chip" Wise III of Butler; six \ngrandchildren, Vance M. Smith IV (Courtney), Evan \nCrawford Smith (Amanda), Bennett Vernon Smith \n(Kirsten), Sarah Jane Smith Meek (Brandon), Vernon \nL. "CJ" Wise IV and Jessica Lawson Wise; and by \nseven great-grandchildren.\nSarah's family is deeply grateful for the loving \ncare and dedication of the those who have cared for \nher, in recent years: Milissa Rodgers, Sid Fesel, \nKathy Finkbeiner, Renee Slupe, Jen Nulph, Karen \nSchwab, Tammy Hassler and Becky Schneltzer.\n\nWISE - The funeral will be held at a future date for \nSarah Jayne Cromwell Wise, who died Sunday, Oct. 30, \n2022.\nArrangements are under the direction of \nTHOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St., \nButler.\n\nDonations in Sarah's memory may be made to the \nButler County Humane Society or Hill Presbyterian \nChurch.