Sarah ‘Sally’ Compton

By on November 14, 2013

Sarah “Sally” Compton, 91, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2013, where she was lovingly cared for by her family.

As the new day dawned, Sally was greeted not only by the angels, but by her father, William, and husband, Dave, who passed within one day of each other (William on Nov. 9, and Dave on Nov. 7) many years apart. Shortly before midnight on the Nov. 8, the long-awaited reunion began and she was escorted into eternity with Dave on her left and her dad on her right.

She was born July 2, 1922, the daughter of William and Lee (Zimmermann) Bangs in Geneva.

Sally grew up in Geneva and attended Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vt. She graduated in 1942 from the School of Horticulture in Ambler, Penn. Sally returned to her roots in Geneva, where she worked at Little Traveler for many years and cared for her ailing mother. A combination of fate and cupid introduced her to a certain gentleman who possessed the other half of her soul.

Sally and David Compton were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1952.

They made their home on David’s family farm on Pouley Road in Elburn, where she and Dave worked side by side, sharing the daily chores from sunrise to sunset. Sally shared Dave’s love and life on the farm, but they both also gave of their hearts and time to their community as well.

Sally donated 15 years of her time creating and organizing the 4-H Dog Training Project for any child wanting to show their dog at the Kane County Fair. She also knitted over 100 stocking caps a year for over a decade, the likes of which she donated to Snug Hugs for Kids.

Her fresh-baked bread, a dozen eggs and a jar of homemade jam were gifts she gave freely to anyone whom she thought needed a “pick-me-up,” including, at one time, an entire fire department fighting a barn fire. Sally pulled up her van that had been piled high with enough sandwiches, hot chocolate and coffee for everyone in attendance.

When Christmas time came rolling around, Sally became a baking machine. Homemade cookies were made from scratch and filled with double the love before being sent out to all their family, friends, businesses and more.

Sally was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation District. She took her dog training experience with 4-H to the FVDTC, a dog training club for the Fox Valley area, where she created the hospitality table and was the first recipient of an annual award created in her honor for Outstanding Service.

Sally had the kindest heart and the warmest smile for miles around. Her hospitality and hard work spoke volumes about her dedication to her community. She was a loving mother and devoted wife, making sure that no one went without. Losing her father when she was only 8, and later her daughter, and a son in infancy, plumbed the depth of her soul so that when you had loved and lost, there was someone there who knew and understood the pain that life could bring. Her love of animals rivaled the love she had for family and her dogs. In the last days, there was a dog always by her side, helping to share the burden and return the unconditional love.

She is survived by three children, Mark (Patty) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Kit Compton of Batavia and Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck, and their son Matthew James, of Cambridge, Ill., Kelly (Jason) Cheline of Kewanee, Ill., Craig Compton of Oneida, and Amber Urich and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a loving community of friends whom she held so dear.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lee Bangs; her husband, David Compton; one daughter, Becky Compton-Otto; a son, Timothy, in infancy; two brothers, Bill and Bobby Bangs; and one sister, Kay Mayer.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, Sally will be laid to rest on the family farm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Sally’s name to benefit The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn, specifically the “Homebound to Seniors” program, as well as “PAWS With A Cause.” Checks may be made to the “Sally Compton Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and their caring staff, especially Kristy Anderson, for their special comfort and care.