Sara (Sally) McArthur Shigley

  • Born: March 15, 1957
  • Died: June 17, 2017
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Sara (Sally) McArthur Shigley, 60, reached the end of a valiant 29-year battle with recurring meningioma brain tumors on June 17, 2017. In home hospice care since April, she inspired many with her positive, cheerful outlook in happy anticipation of heaven.

Born in 1957 at Beaufort, SC, she grew up primarily at Sumter, SC. Her father was school superintendent in both towns. As a high school senior she moved to Greenville, SC, when her father became a professor at Furman University. After her graduation from Furman in 1979, Sally earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree at Emory University in 1982. She taught at Tilson Elementary School, The Lovett School and at Dodgen Middle School. Due to effects of her second brain tumor surgery in 1992, she retired from teaching in the following year.

Prior to 1992, while teaching and mothering two young children, Sally was an energetic volunteer for Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, Wesley Woods Retirement Center, Junior League and a battered womens' hotline, played ALTA tennis, and taught preschool Sunday School. In the years after becoming disabled, she grew flowers and her children, and faithfully participated in numerous activities at Peachtree Presbyterian Church -- Presbyterian Women, Women's Community Bible Study, Credence Sunday School Class, Minor Brain Injury Support Group, church library volunteers and teaching the Hope Class for mentally handicapped young adults.

Mrs. Shigley was predeceased by her father, Dr. Laurin Currie McArthur Jr. Survivors include her mother, Anne Barron McArthur, Columbia, SC; husband, Kenneth L. Shigley, Sr.; daughter Anne Shigley Noble (Steve), Meriden, NH; son Kenneth L. Shigley, Jr., Atlanta; two brothers, John B. McArthur (Barbara), Columbia, SC, and Rev. Laurin C. McArthur, Jr (Nancy), Roseland, NJ; brother-in-law Michael T. Shigley (Michelle), Silverdale, WA; four nephews, three nieces and many cousins.

The family expresses appreciation to members of the Credence Class, Presbyterian Women, home caregivers and hospice staff, and the many physicians who participated in her care since first diagnosis of a massive meningioma in 1988.

A celebration of life service will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations for research on neurofibromatosis, which deafened their daughter, to the Children's Tumor Foundation, 120 Wall Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005-3904.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Ken, Anne, and Ken Jr, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sally was such a unique and special lady. I wish I had been able to know her better. It is a comfort to know she is with pain of any kind now and that you'll see her again. Love to all.

Posted by Sybil Humphries - Liberty, SC - Family   June 21, 2017

'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." A psalm 116:15. Praying for comfort and peace for you.

Posted by Mildred Hughes - Northport, AL - Family   June 21, 2017

Sally was such a special woman to all of the girls at Bernadette's Salon. She would come in (often with sweet May) and brighten our day with her funny stories and love of getting all dolled up. We will certainly miss her big smile and charming ways, and send our love and prayers to all of the family. We were so lucky to have her as part of our lives.

Bekah, Sarah, and the Bernadettes girls

Posted by Sarah Giles - Dunwoody, GA   June 20, 2017

I only met Sally once at Furman for the 1973 40 year class reunion but I admired her strength and perseverance to fight an a lifetime disease.

Posted by Jerry wicklifffe - Navarre, FL   June 20, 2017

My Sincere Condolences to you Ken, and to your wonderful children. To Sally's mom and her family.
Sally left this world having had the best care and the love of so many, many friends.
Sally is now at Peace. God Bless each of you at this time of mourning and beyond.

Phyllis Kurtzman
Atlanta, Ga. June 20, 2017

Posted by Phyllis Kurtzman - Atlanta, GA - Friend   June 20, 2017

I never had the honor of meeting Sally, but have met Ken and know Anne through Facebook. You've been an incredibly connected, warm family that has shown so much love and support during these tough times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Barbara Franklin - Morristown, NJ - Acquaintance   June 20, 2017

Words can not express our thoughts and prayers for you Ken, Anne & Ken jr. May the Lord comfort & sustain you during this time and give you peace. We wish we could be there with you but time and
commitments will not allow. Love you all so much.

Posted by Beth Perkinson - Deputy, IN - Family   June 20, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Nancy Boynton - Atlanta, GA   June 20, 2017

Saddened to hear of Sally's passing but comforted by knowing that she is surely in a lovely place. Thinking of the Shigley family during this difficult time.

Posted by Heather Steiner Englebert - Atlanta, GA - Neighbor   June 20, 2017

Sally was such a joy and inspiration! We will miss her but know she is happy and well in heaven.

Posted by Marianne Lassiter - Atlanta, GA - Friend   June 20, 2017

Sending love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Doris and Teri Cordell - Carrollton, GA - Family   June 20, 2017

With hearts overwhelmed in grief, may you be continually comforted by pleasant thoughts of happier times you shared together. May God bless you with peace, comfort, and strength to help you through the difficult time. My sincerest condolences to your family.
Psalm 46:1

Posted by A friend   June 20, 2017


God bless all of you

Posted by Chrissy King - Buford, GA - friend   June 20, 2017

Posted by Judy (Callan) Terry - Jasper, GA - Friend   June 19, 2017

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