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Obituary: Sally Shane, 1936-2015, Shelburne

Published March 20, 2015 at 4:00 a.m.

Sarah Shane
  • Sarah Shane

Sarah "Sally" Ide Shane passed away on March 11, 2015 at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vermont, where she made her home for the past 10 years. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Sally attended Wyoming Seminary, the Northfield Mount Hermon School and Elmira College. Her lifelong friends from these schools remember their wonderful times together with great fondness, particularly their year abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Sally married first Richard Harter Paterson and then John Buckley Shane, her life partner. She and Buck moved to Vermont in 1971 and settled in Woodstock, where they owned Morgan-Ballou and Woodstock Travel for many happy years. Sally was a consummate hostess, impressing all with her cooking, gardening and elegant attire. She spent the last year bravely coping with terminal cancer, discovered shortly after Buck passed away in March 2014. Even during difficult periods in her treatment, she had a kind word for everyone.

Sally leaves a daughter, Julie Bressor, her husband James and grandchildren Josh, Anna and Jack; stepson John Buckley Shane, Jr., his wife Mary Lou and their sons Conner and Jacob; stepdaughter Barbara Schwaner and her husband Matt; and of course her great friend, the universally loved Darabee, one of the nicest dogs around. Sally’s family want to thank friends and staff at Wake Robin, a wonderful community of interesting and caring people who became members of Sally’s extended family. Memorial gifts can be made to Wake Robin (Patrick McKee, Wake Robin, 100 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT, 05482) for the upkeep and maintenance of the gardens. There will be a memorial service in May.

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