Sarah McAlpin

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Sarah Ann Dallam McAlpin, 78, of Skillman, New Jersey passed away on August 9, 2014 after a brief illness. Sally was born on May 17, 1936 in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958 with a B.A. in English. Her first marriage, to Thomas F. Sharp, yielded three children, Libby, Carolyn, and Jim. That marriage ended in divorce, after which Sally and her children lived for several years at Princeton Community Village. A lifelong Episcopalian, Sally loved church music and supported her children's participation in the choirs of Trinity Church, Princeton. That experience was spiritually and musically formative for her daughters, who continue to be nourished by it to this day. Sally worked at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, for 22 years, rising to the position of senior editor. She relished working with language and prized clarity of expression all her life. As a young mother, she created a neighborhood periodical, "The Farmington Monthly," to showcase the drawings and stories of local children. Sally met her husband, The Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr., on a spiritual retreat at Kirkridge Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. They were married on January 7, 1995, and shared a life at Manor Brook Farm, a pre-Revolutionary house in Skillman, New Jersey. Sally loved sports. She took up rowing in mid-life, enjoyed tennis with her husband, and avidly followed tennis, lacrosse, and baseball on television. Surviving are her husband, David H. McAlpin, Jr.; her children, Libby S. Tilghman of Bloomington, Indiana, Carolyn J. Sharp of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and James M. Sharp of Burlington, New Jersey; her stepchildren, David M. McAlpin, Ann R. McAlpin, Loring R. McAlpin, and Janet U. McAlpin; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally's name to: Princeton Community Housing (One Monument Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540), Trinity Church (33 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540), and Kirkridge Retreat Center (2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, Pennsylvania 18013). Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in September. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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