Sally Larsen McAlpine, 79, of Newton, MA died September 28, 2010 at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Marlborough, MA where she was lovingly cared for by their staff and by the hospice workers from AseraCare.
Born March 9, 1931 in Boston, daughter of the late George and Carolyn (Bonney) Larsen, Sally grew up in Newton. She graduated from Wheelock College in Boston and taught school prior to raising her family.
Sally is survived by her husband James P. McAlpine. They celebrated their 56thwedding anniversary in July. Sally and Jim met in Bath, Maine where they were both teaching swimming to handicapped children. After they were married, they lived in several different locations throughout New England, and in Michigan and New Jersey.
Sally touched the lives of people everywhere she went as an integral part of Jim’s ministry in the Episcopal Church. She had a special interest in young people and for many years worked for the International Christian Youth Exchange (ICYE). As the New England Coordinator for ICYE, Sally had a tremendous impact on exchange students from all over the world and was a wonderful host mother of students from Austria, Switzerland, and Finland. Years later, Sally and Jim visited the exchange students and their families.
Sally will be greatly missed by her four children, Holly Dulac and her husband Dennis of Eliot, ME, Julie Butler and her husband Crawford of Conway, NH, John McAlpine and his wife Cyndi of Worthington, OH and Barbara Hennessy and her husband Hugh of Coppell, TX.
Sally was blessed with six grandchildren, David and Sally Dulac, Kelsey and Amber McAlpine, James Patrick and Julianne Hennessy, and one great granddaughter, Mya Christine Dulac. She is survived by her twin siblings, Thomas Larsen of Weston and Barbara Lincoln of Auburndale. She is also survived by several cousins, nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Larsen.
Sally will be remembered by family and friends for her beautiful smile and her special gift of always putting others first. We will forever cherish our loving memories of Sally.
A service to celebrate Sally’s life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton on Saturday, October 23rd at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to ALS Therapy Development Institute, 215 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, (www.als.net) or Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215, (www.wheelock.edu).
October 23, 2010
Grace Episcopal Church 76 Eldredge Street
Newton Corner, MA
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