Sally Mather passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018 in Clermont, Florida after a lengthy illness. She was born on September 7, 1933 in Burlington, Vermont to Arthur and Marion Ploof. Graduating from Burlington High School, she went on to acquire a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. On June 25, 1955 she was married to fellow classmate Robert A. Mather, who passed away on June 25, 2012. First settling in Floyd, NY, Bob and Sally bought one of the newly constructed homes on Dawn Drive in 1957 where they lived, raised three children, and established lifelong friendships in a closely knit neighborhood.
Sally was a part time teacher at the New York State School for the Deaf. Later in life she worked at the Erie Canal Village and was an associate with Rome Voluntary Action Center.
Sally was an outdoor enthusiast, albeit a reluctant skier, who once biked with her son, Michael, from Rome to Binghamton well before long distance biking was popular. She enjoyed playing pinochle with her family, solving difficult crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. Sally was quite proud of having achieved a Purple Belt in Taekwondo. She was also noted for giving swimming and lifeguard lessons to many Dawn Drive children.
Sally is survived by her son Robert (Sherry) Mather, Orlando, FL, son, Michael (Ann) Mather, Minneola, FL, daughter, Laurie (Dick) Marchesani, Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Justin (Sara) Marchesani, Syracuse, NY, Meagan (Garrett) Pardoe, Wesley Chapel, FL, Travis (Hannah) Mather, Mt. Dora, FL, Alex Correa, Kara Mather, Karli Mather; great-grandchildren, Abby Marchesani, Jack Marchesani, Wren Mather, and Wesley Mather.
Sally also leaves many, many friends too numerous to mention, but in her last years was especially cared for by Nancy Kwasnewski, Becky Dutch, Kurt Staple, and Chris Abdelhak.
An avid lover of cats, she leaves her two loyal friends, Sam and Thor who were a comfort to her for the past ten years.
A memorial service celebrating Sally’s life will be held in Rome, NY later in the new year.