Slingerlands - Sally Gerig Campbell MacLachlan, 87 formerly of Delmar, Manhattan and Sidney, NY passed into eternity on February 12, 2020. Born in Rome, NY, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Irene (Tyler) Gerig. She graduated Salutatorian from Sidney High School, received a BS from SUNY Albany and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU. Sally was a stay at home Mom while her girls were young but then worked in both Delaware County and the State Department of Albany Social Services offices, as well as with her husband Jim in his businesses, Timely Decisions and Biblical Films, Inc.
Sally considered her years spent in Social Work as a calling, as she had a deep love for people due to her strong Christian faith. This faith displayed itself through her social work and blossomed thru her work with her husband Jim making and distributing tapes of the wonderful sermons in their local church at the time, as well as through their work with the Gideon’s International organization. Sally worked tirelessly to spread the message of the saving grace that each of us may receive through Jesus Christ and personally handed out thousands of personal new testaments to people on the streets of Albany and wherever she went. For a number of years, she also sent new testaments and small personal bibles, as well as financial support, to children and missionaries in several African mission schools.
From an early age, Sally desired to travel and see the world. She visited most of the European countries, Russia, China, Egypt, Israel (8x) and many states in the US including Alaska and Hawaii. She also enjoyed yearly trips to Cape Cod and Portland, ME to spend time with her youngest daughter. When long distance traveling became too challenging, she continued to explore NY’s byways, and until last fall drove periodically to Binghamton to see her family.
Many benefited from knowing Sally. She was always ready to share some interesting facts, as she was a very detailed oriented person. She had deep loyalties and love for her family, her Sidney high school classmates (Class of 1950), her wonderful relationships with the Gideon members far and wide, her church and her great and caring friends at Beverwyck Independent Senior Living Community. She spent her last days receiving calls, letters and visits from those she loved. Each of those contacts and the many prayers meant so much.
She is survived by three children, Sheila and (Tom) Snyder, Johnson City, NY, Carolyn Campbell, Gorham, ME and step-daughter Laura (Jeff) Wold, Martinez, CA; 4 grandchildren, Thomas (Liz) Snyder Jr, Johnson City, NY, Daniel Snyder, Morrisville, VT, and Ryan and Jason Wold, Martinez, CA. She is also survived by her beloved sister Sheila (Stark) Smith, Chenango Bridge, NY and her four nieces and their families. She was pre-deceased by her two husbands, David Campbell, Sidney, NY and James MacLachlan, Delmar, NY.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 22, 11 am at Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY, with Rev. Chris Vande Bunte officiating. Friends may call at the church for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 am.
In lieu of flowers, Sally requested that any memorials be made to the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054 or the Gideons International, PO Box 1386, Latham, NY 12110. For directions or to leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.CannonFuneral.com
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