Mrs. Sarah M. Walker, of the United Helper’s Adult Residence
died at Claxton-Hepburn Hospital on June 25th .
Mrs. Walker and her husband, Arlington Walker, resided at 37 Justina St,
Heuvelton for most of their married life.
Mr. Walker was an Oswegatchie Town Justice for nineteen years during
which time Sarah volunteered her time to keep all of the files and records for
the Oswegatchie Town Court. Their house
often served as a late night stop for a state trooper or sheriff’s deputy
dropping off tickets and court papers.
Located one block from Heuvelton Central School, the Walker
House was also a daily stop for generations of nieces and nephews and their
school friends to drop by for a visit and a freshly made donut or chocolate
During WWII, Sarah served in a volunteer corps of spotters
which stood watch in towers around Heuvelton on the lookout for enemy
aircraft. Mrs. Walker recounted how
volunteers were required to study posters of profiles of the various enemy
aircraft so any sightings could be reported quickly and accurately.
Mrs. Walker also
served on the Board of Directors for the United Helper’s Management Company
from 1975 until she took on emeritus status four years ago. She was the first female to ever serve on the
Finance Committee of the UH Management Board.
During her lifetime Sarah was fondly regarded by friends and
family as someone always willing to lend a helping hand or to assist
others. She donated generously to the
Canton College Foundation where she established several scholarship funds in
nursing and criminal justice for deserving North Country students. To date, 40 of these scholarships have been
awarded. Sarah often made anonymous
donations to individual students and community members who needed a little
extra help. She also cared for her
mother, father and father-in-law in her home during their later years.
An avid horse-lover, Mrs. Walker was known to care for
various relatives’ horses over the years, including her father-in-law’s sulky
racer, Trinka Dillon.
Sarah was the 9th child of a family of thirteen
of Anna LaFlair McAllister and William Fulton McAllister, Sr. including John McAllister,
Fulton (Buster) McAllister, Ida M. Downing, Richard McAllister, Euretta (Dady)
Young, William (died in infancy), William McAllister, Edward McAllister, Lawrence
McAllister, Anne (Bunny) Davis, Robert McAllister, Nancy M. Hartwick, was
pre-deceased by all of her siblings with the exception of Bob McAllister who
resides in Waddington, NY. She leaves
behind many nieces and nephews and their respective families, all of whom
regarded Mrs. Walker as a favorite aunt, great aunt, great-great aunt and
great-great-great aunt – certainly the matriarch of the extended family.
Concurrent with her wishes, Mrs. Walker’s remains will be
cremated with a memorial service to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with Frary Funeral
Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the Canton College Scholarship Funds established by Sarah. The check would be made payable to Canton
College Foundation with either the Arlington Walker (Criminal Justice
Scholarships) or the Fulton and Anna LaFlair (nursing scholarships) indicated
on the memo line. These contributions
can be mailed to Canton College Foundation; 34 Cornell Drive; Canton, NY
13617. Any questions may be directed to
Julie Parker at 315.386.7011
The family extends a gracious thank you for the outstanding
health care which she received from Colleen Barlow Steele, United Helper’s
Director of Nursing, Dr. Tracy LaFlair, Dr. Alka Srivastava and Dr. Handelsman all of whom Mrs.Walker admired and
counted as friends. Mrs. Walker also
specified that her thanks and appreciation be extended to the caring staff of
the United Helper’s Adult Home.
Truly a force of nature, Sarah will be missed by all who