Meet the Toledo Co-District Directors – Sara Moomaw and Coletta Allen

Sara Moomaw PhotoSara Moomaw, Toledo District Co-Director

I grew up in the hills of Southeast Ohio.  I spent my youth roaming the hills picking wild berries and watching my grandmother make wonderful dishes.  After I married I moved to Northwest Ohio to a farm.  There I learned to keep a big garden and can.  I learned which flower helped which vegetable.

After my children grew, I attended Hillsdale College and received my accounting degree. I went on to get my CPA licenses and worked for the government for 25 years.  When I retired I finally had time to learn more about gardening.  I attended Master Gardener Classes and joined the River Road Garden Club.  I have served as Secretary and am now the President.

I am looking forward to serving as District Director and learning more about the Garden Club of Ohio and their mission.  I attended my first convention this year and was able to bring much information back to my club.  We hope to be more involved in the coming years.

Coletta Allen PhotoColetta Allen, Toledo District Co-Director

Growing up on Cleveland’s West Side and graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy are warm memories. Teaching Sunday school sparked my desire to become an educator. College took me to Cincinnati and graduation from Mount St. Joseph. The best of times…After graduation, I began my career as a teacher with the Cincinnati Public Schools, married and gave birth to my son, Chris.

In 1974, the Medical college brought us to Toledo and closer to family. New friends, raising my son and graduate school filled my life. Toledo reintroduced me to the joys of Lake Erie. After graduating from the University of Toledo, I was employed as a school library media specialist.

My dad and sister, Peggy, gave me a love of flowers. Garden clubbing infused my life with new interests, friends and fun. Now in retirement, my son Chris says I work harder than I did while employed. Life continues to be full of opportunities and adventure!