Sally Ann Mirth

An Adventure Ends

An adventure in life ended with the passing of Sally Ann Mirth.

A resident of Dunkirk up to graduation from Fredonia State, she spent a year teaching in Lockport, N.Y. before marrying Richard Mirth and honeymooning in Portland, Oregon.

Along the way through life she lived in 10 states, visited all 50 states and all of the Canadian Provinces. The births and lives of her three boys were the major focus of her life. She took pleasure in their every success, large or small. They all were good students and also competed in track and cross country through high school, college and after graduation. No record was kept, but she attended hundreds of races to lend her support and endured many family dinners where the conversation was in lap times and splits.

Moving often in the first 20 years of marriage, she taught in several states, including Alaska, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. An avid bridge player, she frequently hosted bridge games, including a summer league in Dunkirk.

Some of her memorable events included: Swimming in all five of the Great Lakes, her first view of Crater Lake, the redwoods, the trip to Portland, -50 degree temperatures in Laramie, Wyoming, summer heat in St. Louis, taking care of the family while her husband served two, one-year remote tours overseas, Bryce Canyon at Christmas, the lights of Albuquerque, fishing and camping in Alaska (she still holds the family record for the biggest lake trout), moving to Flagstaff, Arizona and staying in one house for 17 years, and finally returning to Dunkirk to be near the lakes and old friends. The final moments of her life were spent sitting down to learn something new because she found it interesting.

Married 54 years, she is survived by her husband, Richard, two sons, David and John, and four grandchildren, and was predeceased by her son Robert. We will think of her often and miss her presence.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church at 19 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memoriam to Dunkirk Free Library or Barker Library, Fredonia.

Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Dunkirk, NY.