Surrounded by family, Sarah Elliott Payne, 91, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2011 at Maplewood, United Helpers, Canton. Her life-long focus and dedication to family is her legacy.
During her decades of struggle with the debilitating effects of polyneuropathy, Sally provided a heroic example of faith, endurance, courage, and cheer to her family and to all who knew her.
She was born January 29, 1920 on Elliott Road in Beechertown to Rhoda Baker Elliott and Harold Elliott. Sally grew up on the family dairy farm. She graduated from Brasher-Stockholm High School in 1938 and in 1941 earned an Associate Degree in Home Economics from Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute, Canton.
Sally worked as Dining Hall Manager at Stamford Hall, Stamford, CT until her marriage to Harrison H. Payne in Sun Valley, Idaho on October 4, 1944.
After living throughout the US during Harry’s military service, Sally worked to put Harry through undergraduate school at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. During that time she was in charge of Simms Hall Dining Service, one of Syracuse University’s largest dining halls. Moving to Pawling, NY Sally was active in her church and with young Girl Scouts. In 1964 they moved to their Jamesville home where they resided for over four decades.
She was an active and dedicated member of the Jamesville Community Church and belonged to the SU Women’s Group. Faithful daily Bible reading, as well as anecdotal nature readings defined her days and those of her family around her. Sally shared with all who crossed her path her love of the natural world: birding, raising Collie dogs, gardening, and hiking nature trails. She especially instilled in her nieces and nephews a keen awareness of and love for the environment.
Sally and Harry travelled widely in the United States. Annual trips to Cape Cod and to Sanibel Island, Florida were treasured times for her.
Her husband Harry predeceased her in 2008.
Sally is survived by a sister, Marilyn and Bill Rodee; a brother, Baker and Dorothy Elliott; and six nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews, and three great, great nephews.
A memorial service will be held locally at Maplewood on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. A second memorial service will be held at the Jamesville Community Church on Wednesday, January 4 at 2 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Jamesville Community Church, 6300 East Seneca Turnpike, PO Box 277, Jamesville, NY 13078.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville, NY and to the staff at Maplewood, Canton.