Sally Jean Williams died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at McCook Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 59.
She was born in Glendale, Calif., to Frank Madison and Fern Adele (Parsons) Spore on Jan. 4, 1944. She grew up in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from high school in 1961. She also attended the Pasadena City College.
She was joined in Holy Matrimony to R. Samuel Williams on July 28, 1962. Six children were born to this union. James Patrick Williams lived a few days following his birth.
Sally moved around a great deal while her husband was in the Marine Corps. Following his retirement from the Corps and his enrollment in the seminary, the rate of moving slowed. Sally and Sam moved to McCook in February of 1999 and into their 26th home. Prior to moving to McCook, they lived in Franklin, Penn., for 11 and a half years. She was active in the Right for Life movement and was the driving force in the establishment of the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center in Franklin. She was instrumental in helping start a similar organization in McCook.
Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before moving to McCook. She wrote a book (available at local book stores) about her experience. The book "Challenge and Joy; Surviving Breast Cancer" is a testimony to her faith and the tremendous support she received from family and friends. Her faith and strength has been an inspiration to many.
Sally is survived by her husband Sam of McCook, Traci and her husband, William Burwell and granddaughters, Grace and Hannah live in Franklin; Timothy Williams and his companion, Elizabeth live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their son, Luke, was baptized by his grandfather in Sally's hospital room, Oct. 18, 2003. Robert Williams and his wife, Melissa reside in Warren, N.J., Martha Jean Williams lives in Brooklyn and Samuel Williams lives in Knoxville, Tenn. Her father Frank Spore lives in Laguna Beach, Calif., and her sister, Nancy Potter of Hement, Calif., also relatives and friends.
The service of the Burial of the Dead will be at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook, 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, with the Very Rev. Richard Martindale officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Alban's Columbarium in McCook.
Memorials may be given in her name to St. Alban's Episcopal Church and friends may sign her register at Herrmann Funeral Home from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.