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Sally L. Percey

1951-2010 CAMBRIDGE, NY Sally Lou Bauer Percey, 58, of Chestnut Hill Road, died peacefully Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010, at Sunny View Rehabilitation Hospital, Schenectady, with her loving family by her side. She was the adored wife of David S. Percey.

Born May 7, 1951, in Oceanside, Long Island, daughter of the late Vernon W. and Delphine S. Wofsey Bauer, she graduated from Oceanside High School. She and her husband moved to Cambridge in 1990.

Sally devoted her life to children, and her goal in life was "to save the world one child at a time." In addition to being the biological mother of two wonderful children and the adoptive mother of one, she was the foster care mother of over 50 children. Sally was instrumental in helping to place at least two children with loving adoptive families in the Cambridge area, a gift for which they will be eternally grateful.

Sally's petite size and kind manner disguised the heart of a fighter. She fought a courageous battle with emphysema for over 10 years. She fought for the rights of children everywhere. Every day that Sally had was a gift that she filled with laughter and joy. She had a wonderful sense of humor and tried to see the positive side of every situation.

When a person became a friend of Sally's, they were a friend forever. Sally had a directness that was refreshing and she listened carefully without judgment.

She leaves behind her friend of over 30 years, Pat Collins, of Long Island, and Marlene Perry of Cambridge, who writes, "The last eight years were far too short. Tuesday's will never be the same. Maxine and I are going to miss you so very much. We will think of you each time we read our calendar of wisdom. I love you and know you are finally breathing easy."

Despite the challenges she faced leaving her home due to her illness, Sally had a vast network of friends that she kept in contact with through the Internet. She was able to participate in her local community through her computer and became an early member of the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, volunteering to design and manage its website during that time. She also constructed and managed the Cambridge Hotel website and owned her own website design and consulting business.

Sally was a supporter of the Cambridge Youth Commission and Cambridge Youth Cheerleading. She enjoyed Internet shopping and scrapbooking.

Along with her devoted husband of 16 years she leaves a son, Bill Link and wife, Melissa Drysdale, of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Michele Trichos and husband, Bill, of Lisbon, Portugal, and Dara-Lynn Percey of Cambridge; two brothers, Alan Bauer and wife, Debra Gugig-Bauer, of Altamont, and Mike Bauer of Islip, Long Island; two nieces, Dawn Lombardo and Kristy Bauer; a great-niece, Alyssa Lombardo; a cousin, Diane Collins of Islip, and a very special grandson, Maison Dufty of Cambridge.

Sally will be remembered as a loving mother, an adoring wife, a devoted sister, a best friend forever and Punkin's Grammy. She touched so many lives and she will remain in our hearts forever.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday, Mar. 5, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at ACKLEY & ROSS FUNERAL HOME, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY. A celebration of Sally's life will be held on Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Embury United Methodist Church, 41 East Main Street, Cambridge. A reception will follow. Burial will be in the spring.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Village of Cambridge Youth commission, P. O. Box 271, Cambridge, NY 12816.

Please visit www.ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or leave a message of condolence.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 4, 2010
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