Regia Dawn Guidon-Sargent, 66, passed away peacefully in Ione on February 12, 2021. Born in San Jose, California, Regi spent plenty of time in Amador County visiting family before moving to Ione in 1963.
Regi attended Ione Elementary and graduated from Ione High School in 1971. She attended University of the Pacific in Stockton before transferring to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, graduating in 1976 in its first class on the west coast.
A charter member of the historic Volcano Theatre Company, Regi worked as a professional actress in the 1970s and 1980s, and married Jerry Sargent in 1980. After living in Southern California, she, and Jerry moved back to Ione in 1984, just before the birth of their son, Joseph.
During Joe’s school years, Regi served as room mother, presenting fine arts mini lessons, teaching Gifted and Talented Education programs, and coaching students as they competed in Odyssey of the Mind regional competitions. She also served on the School Site Councils at Ione Elementary, Ione Junior High and Amador High School. Regi served as president of the Ione Picnic Association for 11 years, and was also active with the Ione Native Daughters of the Golden West, serving several terms as president in the 1990s.
Regi worked many years for the Amador County Unified School District as an elementary school teacher. She taught briefly at Sutter Creek Elementary, but the majority of her career was spent at Ione Elementary teaching 4th grade. While at Ione Elementary, she started a chess club for the upper grade students there and arranged for Ione students to compete in chess competitions in the central valley. She also instituted the “Caught Ya Bein’ Good” positive behavior program at Ione Elementary. Regi retired from teaching in 2017.
After retiring from teaching, Regi returned to her acting career, playing several bit parts in films while working on a number of other projects. She enjoyed volunteering with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. She created her EDwords series, interviewing a variety of people in Amador County with a focus on how education had influenced them, which was featured locally on KVGC Radio. She created and was the on-screen host of Spike Literature, a digital literature curriculum series she produced. She was also the author of “No Difference To Charlie,” the first of “Charlie’s Friendly Adventures,” a series of children’s picture books she was working on, based on her and Jerry’s very friendly dog, Charlie.
Regia loved being with her family, traveling, laughing, drinking coffee, cooking great food and visiting Disneyland with her family. She loved classic movies, and all things Alice in
Wonderland. And anyone who knew her knows she especially loved telling a good story. She was fiercely protective of her family and loved her family and friends with all her heart.
At her request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador, 1500 S. Hwy 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA 95642 or to The Marine Mammal Center, P.O. Box 396020, San Francisco, CA 94139-6020. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.