Aug. 6, 2009 San Dimas Los Angeles County California, USA
Madelle (Sally) Elizabeth Abbott of San Dimas, Calif., died on Aug. 6, 2009 at Pomona Valley Hospital of pneumonia due to Leukemia. Sally was born, July 3, 1932 in Seattle, Wash. Sally graduated UC Berkley with a BA degree in Sociology. In 1955 she married Spencer Earl Abbott and they moved to the Charter Oak/San Dimas area to build their life together. Sally was a perpetual volunteer. She spent 16 years as a Camp Fire Girl Leader with five years specializing in teaching the leaders how to cook outdoors with the girls. Additionally, she volunteered for Charter Oak School District, Boy Scouts, La Verne YMCA and 4-H. Sally was a Home Economics Teacher at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar from 1976 to 1990. Her love of cooking and sewing was infectious to all. Sally traveled the West Coast and Mexico for over 50 years joyfully with her husband and family in their motor home every summer visiting family and friends. They purchased a property in Forest Dell in 1978 and for over 30 years enjoyed Star Valley during August and September. One of Sally's favorite things to do was to roam the yard sales in order to meet new people and see new areas of the Valley. She especially enjoyed hosting family and friends in her beloved mountain paradise. Sally is survived by her husband, Spencer Abbott. Her sister, Carol Widrig of Seattle, and sister in-law, Patty Widrig of Gig Harbor, Wash. Her three children: Kathleen Bennet and husband Ed of San Dimas; Raymond Abbott of San Dimas; and Jill Serna of Henderson, Nev. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Bryce Hulet, Danielle Serna, Kevin Serna and two great-granddaughters; Taylor and Trinity. Sally will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all that she met. We who loved her are grateful for her life and her example. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 30 at Todd's Memorial Chapel in Pomona, 570 North Garey Avenue, with lunch following at the Sheraton Fairplex. A private interment at La Verne Cemetery was held Aug. 13, 2009.