Sally Stokes Venerable, 85, passed away after a courageous struggle with cancer Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at the E.T. York Hospice Center in Gainesville, Fla.
She was born on June 4, 1927, in Moorestown, N.J., graduated from Vassar College in 1947, and in 1949 she married James Thomas Venerable and moved to Illinois. There she raised four children and became very involved in the Golden Retriever Club of America, eventually becoming its president. She lived for 20 years in Santa Fe, N.M., moved briefly to Boulder, Colo., and finally joined her daughter Nancy and her grandsons in Gainesville, Fla., in 2005. In each respective community she lived, she was always mindful to embrace her Quaker traditions, actively engaging in social and economic justice issues as well as supporting a profound commitment to environmental causes.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Faith and her two beloved sons, David Emlen Venerable and Thomas Stokes Venerable. She is survived by her sister Ann R. Stokes, her daughters Nancy V. Deren and Thalia Venerable, her grandsons Patrick Samuel Deren and David Michael Deren, daughter-in-law Adria Kae Deren and granddaughter Aubrey Kae Deren.
Memorial services are being scheduled for this fall in Gainesville, Fla., Santa Fe, N.M., Moorestown, N.J., and next July in Keene Valley, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:
-Haven Hospice: Haven Hospice Development, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606, www.havenhospice.org/donate-to-haven-hospice.aspx
-Friends of Paynes Prairie, 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667, www.prairiefriends.org
-Moorestown Friends School, Development Office, 110 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057, moorestownfriends.com/07/2007donations_form.php
-Planned Parenthood, 317 South Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103, 856-365-3519
Santa Fe, N.M.:
-Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Ste. A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, www.farmersmarketinstitute.org/support-the-institute/donor-form/
-Quivira Coalition, 1413 Second St., Suite 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505, quiviracoalition.org/Join_Donate/
Keene Valley, N.Y.:
-Adirondack Trail Improvement Society, P.O. Box 565, Keene Valley, NY 12943, www.atis-web.com
-Adirondack Community Trust, Andrea Grout, executive assistant, grants and scholarship coordinator, Heaven Hill Farm, P.O. Box 288, Lake Placid, NY 12946, (P) 518-523-9904, (F) 518-523-9905, www.generousact.org