|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1991|
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2011|
Allison Marie Archibald, 20, of Duncannon, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
She was born on January 16, 1991 in Harrisburg. She was a graduate of Susquenita High School, and was currently attending Harrisburg Area Community College to become an elementary school teacher for special needs children.
Allison was a Special Olympics buddy, and was active in the Big Brothers & Big Sisters program. She was a member of the math club, the French club and the future teachers of America. She attended Devonshire United Brethren Church.
She was active in sports, playing field hockey, softball, basketball, and cheerleading. She enjoyed camping and horseback riding.
Surviving are her parents William and Brenda (Palmer) Archibald, a sister Jessica Archibald of Duncannon, Will Archibald of Duncannon, her maternal grandparents James & Patricia Palmer of Halifax, her paternal grandparents Wade & Janet Archibald of Harrisburg, her maternal great grandmother Betty Strom of Halifax, three aunts, three uncles and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Devonshire United Brethren Church, 5630 Devonshire Road Harrisburg, PA, with Pastor Todd Fetters officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Duncannon.
Viewing will be from 9am until 11am on Saturday in the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon.
Memorial contributions in Allison's honor may be made to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Capital Region 1500 N. Second St. Suite H Harrisburg, PA 17102 or to the Special Olympics Central Division 4076 Market St. Suite 206 Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Published in Patriot-News on March 31, 2011
Duncannon Woman, 20, dies after head injury
BY LARA BRENCKLE
A radiant smile. A giving heart. A pair of mismatched socks.
Allison Archibald was all of these things, a quirky personality that exuded warmth and drew everyone in.
When the 20-year-old from Duncannon died in a freak horseback riding accident Tuesday night, those whose lives she touched drew on that warmth for comfort.
"She never thought she was doing too much for someone," her cousin and best friend, Kari Archibald, said. "She always thought she could do more."
Archibald was riding on a farm in the 1000 block of Paradise Road in Wheatfield Twp. when the horse began running. As Archibald tried to regain control, she leaned over the left side and her head struck a tree and fell off the horse. Death was due to a head injury, Perry County Coroner Michael Shalonis said.
Ally, as she was known, had ridden the horse before, said friend, Jacci Saltzburg.
Saltzburg said it's hard to imagine the young woman who seemed so full of life taken so suddenly.
"She had so much going for her," Saltzburg said. "I wish she could have had the chance to do it."
In her two decades she packed a lot of living, friends said.
At Susquenita High School, she played basketball, field hockey and soft-ball. Her parents, Brenda and William, were heavily involved in the sports boosters for all three of their children.
Her core group of friends were best known for their after-school volleyball matches, endless games of "Manhunt" played on friends properties and midnight swims in Ally's pool.
She embraced her role as the group's lovable, ditzy pal, mismatching her socks on purpose and overstating the obvious to great effect. Her crooked smile turned bad days into bearable ones, Kari said.
This month, Kari led the "30-hour Famine" at Devonshire Memorial Church. Youth group members took donations, volunteered and went 30 hours without a meal.
"Out of blue, she asked me if I needed help with it," Kari said. "She stepped up and she was right there beside me. She was always there for me."
To help pay her way through Harrisburg Area Community College, Archibald waitressed at two restaurants — Morgan's and the Colonial Lounge. She was in her first year of an associate's degree in elementary education.
Kari and Ally planned to attend Millersburg (or Millersville?) University and talked about getting an apartment together. They envisioned it as a grander time than the slumber parties they were still fond of having.
Her aunt and Kari's mom, Kim Archibald, of West Hanover Twp. said she was always thrilled to see her niece. She was even more heartened by the close relationship her daughter and Ally enjoyed.
"They were together every day," Kim Archibald said. "I told Kari she was very lucky to have her in her life like that."
Saltzburg and Archibald interned together at their alma mater's Carroll Elementary School.
"She didn't know what grade she wanted to teach, and I told her third and she absolutely loved it," Saltzburg said. "Little kids loved Allison. As soon as she walked into a room everyone smiled, and then the little kids were all over her."
Though she'd only worked at the Colonial Lounge three months, she'd made a lasting, loving impression on her coworkers.
"She was a great worker and a great person to be around," owner Ian Price said. "She was just a joy, and we're hurting right now."
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