Sally Record Guthrie, born in Elmira, New York, in January 1929 passed away peacefully April 20th in the loving care of her family and the staff at Evergreen House Jacksonville, New York.
She was predeceased by her husband of 25 years, Donald Guthrie.
Sally graduated from Elmira College in 1950 and later received a master’s degree in education. She taught parochial elementary school for several years.
Throughout her life she maintained a strong interest in the success and reputation of Elmira College. Her travels to Cuba during college and knowledge of Spanish served her throughout her career and life in Los Angeles, where for many years she wrote and edited a monthly magazine for members of the Jonathan Club.
Later she authored a book detailing 100-years of Los Angeles history related to the club.
She was dedicated and proud of her family of five children and always made her family a priority.
She is survived by her two daughters Jessica Guthrie and Mary Guthrie, and sons Ben (Hilary Gifford) Guthrie, Dan Guthrie, Don (Karen) Guthrie, grandchildren Georgia Guthrie, Hannah Guthrie, Maggie McCurdy and Charlie McCurdy and her special California grandchildren Chris, Kelly, Brian and Mollie McCurdy.
Family time was particularly special at the Seneca Lake cottage where for more than 50 years she presided over summer activities for the extended family. She was the matriarch of a large clan of nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.
The lake was a joyful summer experience for everyone who visited. It remains among the family’s most treasured memories of time with her.
Sally will be remembered for her elegance, graciousness and piety. People always commented on her being stylishly dressed and with her hair beautifully styled, ready for any occasion.
She was delighted by many of life’s simple pleasures, such as watching children play, arranging flowers and sharing a cup of tea with family. She was a voracious reader and had a long career as editor-in- chief of several publications.
She left a legacy of her great love of reading, politics and PBS. She was proud of her Irish heritage and family history, including the Record Breweries in Elmira and Watkins Glen, New York, started by her grandfather and continued by her father and uncles.
After retiring and returning to the Finger Lakes region, she joined St. James The Apostle Parish in Trumansburg, New York, where she went to mass nearly every day. She was on the parish council, lector for mass, was a member of the women’s guild and enjoyed handling promotion of the church bazaar.
The family is grateful to Evergreen House and Hospicare Services for their professionalism and loving care of Sally.
The family was present to receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church, 17 Whig Street, Trumansburg. A Funeral Mass was immediately celebrated at 12 p.m. on Saturday, at the church.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. James Church, Trumansburg, New York. Ness-Sibley funeral home has been entrusted with arrangements.