Sally SairsMay 17,2013
EAST CALAIS — While kayaking with a friend on the Buffalo River in Arkansas, Sally passed quietly from this life. A most fitting exit from an adventurous woman.
Born Aug. 23, 1933, in Philadelphia, Sally moved frequently with her parents throughout New England and the Midwest. Perhaps these frequent moves spawned her love of travel and adventure. Summers as a teen spent at Brown Ledge Camp on Lake Champlain began her affair with the great outdoors and in 1967 brought her family back to Vermont.
She joined the Green Mountain Club, began hiking the Long Trail, and enjoyed many outings with the Montpelier Section.
In 1978, with the help of her son Chris, she built a small cabin in Woodbury. Living off the grid by choice for 35 years, she was an avid reader, birder, knitter, environmentalist and community member. When she wasn’t hiking, kayaking and traveling to parts unknown, she particularly enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s many athletic events.
A graduate of Lake Forest College and Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Sally experienced a varied nursing career. She especially enjoyed her time working in Alaska and the many friends that she met along the way.
Sally was predeceased by her granddaughter Haley. She will be sadly missed by her children and grandchildren: Jon and his wife, Ann; Chris and his wife, Beth, their children Liz, Metta and Chloe; Amy and her children Nick, Hannah and Kelsey.
Independent. Self-sufficient. Fearless. Despite herself, Sally touched many lives in subtle and some not-so-subtle ways. Every day was an adventure to be had, and she was always looking forward to the next one.
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