CHAUTAUQUA - Sally P. McClure of Chautauqua, N.Y., died on July 23, 2014, at home surrounded by the love of her family and friends. She had reached 80 earthly years.
She was born on May 21, 1934, in Pasadena, Calif., the daughter of Harry and Alys Pryor.
She attended Glendale High School, and the University of Southern California. In 1956, she married Robert M. McClure, and together they had four children: Brian, Margie, Judy and Katy.
Sally worked as a teacher at Piney Branch and other elementary schools in Montgomery County, Md,, and dedicated her career to helping children learn. She was a member and officer of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club, and Friends of Chautauqua Theater. She was an active member of the 2001 Chautauqua Literacy and Scientific Circle class, where she expressed her deep love of reading really good books - and some not so good, too.
A unique soul, Sally very much enjoyed her early life in Southern California, and on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. After moving to Washington, D.C., in 1964, she raised her family and balanced her long teaching career with an active life in the nation's capital.
Since 1992, home has been her beloved Chautauqua neighborhood and she especially treasured time on the porch chatting with friends and family. She will be greatly missed. Her legacy circulates through the well-lived lives and robust memories held dearly by her husband, children and grandchildren, as well as her artistic gifts including her beautifully knitted and cross-stitched Christmas stockings and lovingly handmade scrapbooks of family life and history.
Sally is survived by her husband Bob; her sister Peggy Perry of La Canada, Calif.; her four children and seven of her eight grandchildren: Caitlyn and Rachel McClure, Cally McClure, Ben and Maya Carlson and Melanie and Luke Benefield. Her grandson, Jack Robert McClure, 4-month-old brother to Caitlyn and Rachel, preceded her in death in 1996.
A program honoring and celebrating Sally is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. at Smith Wilkes Hall on the Chautauqua grounds.
Memorial donations may be made in Sally's name to Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club (P.O. Box 721) or Friends of Chautauqua Theater (P.O. Box 1083), both addresses are Chautauqua, NY 14722.
To light a candle or leave a remembrance of Sally go to www.freayfuneralhome.com.