Sarah Strain "Sally" Schryver (1941 - 2018)

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Sarah "Sally" Strain Schryver, age 76, passed away at her home at the Charis Place Assisted Living facility in Kenai on the morning of Thursday, March 26, 2018 following a serious fall and head injury.

She was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Roy W. Schryver and Sarah M. Schryver née Hill on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

In 1949, Sally moved to the Thousand Islands area of upstate New York with her family. She graduated from Clayton Central School in Clayton, New York in 1959. While in high school, Sally was active in choir, cheerleading, the school newspaper and yearbook.

After high school, Sally pursued a career in nursing, graduating in 1962 from a Licensed Practical Nursing program in Syracuse. While living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she married Michael F. Donnelly of Connecticut. Later, Sally lived with her family in Minnesota and Colorado. She lived in Soldotna and Kenai on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years.

In later life, Sally developed a deep spirituality and drew great satisfaction, joy and solace from attending meetings and services at the Church of Christ and the Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna and the MoAdim Fellowship in Kenai. She also participated with Soldotna Aglow and the Mercy Wings Fellowship in Kenai.

Sally's favorite activities included walking, reading, listening to radio broadcasts of Christian music, and attending the monthly Blue Grass Jam at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. She loved the great outdoors and animals.

Sally was very proud that she didn't own a TV set or a computer and never emailed or texted.

Sally is survived by her children: Sylvia, Lisa and Joad Donnelly, all of whom live in the Midwest; her granddaughter, Dalilah Sky Donnelly of Missouri; her brothers, Douglas Schryver of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and David R. Schryver of Alexandria Bay, New York; and nephews, Jason and Michael Schryver. Sally is also survived by several cousins in various states.

Sally's family wishes to thank Pam Olsen of Kenai, who was a loyal friend and facilitator to Sally in recent years. Pam worked extremely hard to get Sally into an assisted living facility in Kenai.

A Celebration of Life in Kenai is planned at a date in 2018 to be determined.

Online donations in Sally's memory to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation or the Treatment Advocacy Center are encouraged. Alternatively, donations to any of the aforementioned religious groups in her memory would be welcomed.

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Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
907-283-3333
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 31, 2018