AVOCA – Sally Warner was released from her many earthly restrictions on Sunday morning (January 27, 2019) with friends, family and caregivers around her.

AVOCA – Sally Warner was released from her many earthly restrictions on Sunday morning (January 27, 2019) with friends, family and caregivers around her. 

She was born November 3, 1928 in College Park, Ga. to Walter Raymond and Nellie Miller Williams where she spent her first eight years then moving to Arlington, Va. Graduated from Washington and Lee High School in 1946. Having had many years of piano instruction, following high school she enrolled in the music department of the University of North Carolina for one year then transferring to the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and attended Catholic University graduate department as an English major. 

On August 25, 1951 she began a life-long journey with her husband, Howard Warner, who survives.

Married life began in New Berlin, NY where their first child Douglas was born in June 1953, That summer the family moved to Avoca and became a part of the musical life of that area. For approximately 45 years she taught innumerable piano lessons to area youth and also about seven years at All-Saints Academy in Corning with the almost total reaction from that of love and respect for her gentle teaching skills and warm personality. In addition, she accompanied many of Howard’s students when they went for judging of their solos and for about ten years went over large areas of the state as a piano adjudicator.

She was active in many aspects at the Avoca United Methodist Church, training many youth choirs, outstanding accompanist of the church choir for 64 years and during several of those doubling as director. In addition, she was a member of several ladies groups and assisted in many functions of the laity. 

For 36 summers she accompanied the family to the New England Music Camp where she was an active participant in the camp program teaching organ several years, doing accompanying for student’s camp librarian and historian work. She was always busy and always kind and pleasant giving the praise to others and avoiding the limelight for herself.

She was predeceased by her oldest child, Douglas in 2007 and is survived by her husband of 67 years; her son, William; daughter, Susan Mackey (Stefan); son, David; and son, Keith (Tracy); grandchildren, Douglas Warner III, Michelle Covell (Paul Barkley) and Timothy Warner; plus 10 great-grandchildren and various aunts, uncles and cousins

Calling hours were held at the Avoca United Methodist Church on Thursday (January 31, 2019) from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Celebration of her life was held at the Avoca United Methodist Church on Friday (Feb. 1, 2019) at 11 a.m. with Pastor Barre Butts officiating, assisted by Rev. Judith Craik and Rev. Sande Thomas. Since Sally has been cremated a luncheon in the church narthex followed immediately after the service

In lieu of flowers, gifts honoring Sally’s life of love and service may be directed to the Avoca United Methodist Church, New England Music Camp or the charity of one’s choice.

The Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca is honored to serve the family of Sara Marguerite (Sally) Warner.

Online condolences or remembrances of Sally are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or at www.bishopandjohnson
funeralhome.com.

She is now walking free from the wheelchair and able to do all sorts of things for other people and talking with a clear mind as well as a strong voice, writing her notes and cards and playing the piano. 

GOD IS GOOD!