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Chugiak resident Sarah Grace McSparran, 91, died April 17, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 12836 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak.
Miss McSparran was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Seattle, to James O. and Elizabeth Michael McSparran. The middle of five sisters, she graduated from Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Wash., in 1933 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from the University of Washington in 1939. She retired from Langendorf Bakery in Seattle after 22 years, then worked as an instructor for the visually impaired for the State of Washington, retiring again in the mid 1980s.
Miss McSparran's nephew, Jim Congdon, drove her up the Alaska Highway in 1997 to her new home at Chugiak Senior Center.
Miss McSparran was an avid punster, loved to travel and kept Braille-labeled announcements of many of the important events in the lives of her nieces and nephews. She had been to Saigon, Spain, Australia and across the United States. She was a deacon at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Seattle and was active at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Miss McSparran was a fellow at Seattle Pacific University and a member of Alaska Independent Blind.
Her family wrote, "Aunt Sal loved her nieces and nephews and was an encouragement to all those around her."
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Paul Ambacher of Glendale, Ariz.; nieces and nephews, Mike and Kim Anh Congdon, Mary Lea and Paul Worrell, Bob and Joani Congdon, and Mike Ferguson of Anchorage, Eva and Greg LoForte of Cordova, Jim and Kathy Congdon of Fairbanks, Virgina Blackman of Arlington, Texas, Kathy and Dave Slimmer of North Aurora, Ill., Patty and Jeff Miller of Sweet Home, Ore., and Penny Ambacher of Glendale; and many grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 12836 Old Glenn Highway, Eagle River; or to Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 202, Seattle, WA 98111-0202.
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