Sarah Stoddard Kimmett Burnham, 93, died on July 15, 2014 at her home in Sackets Harbor, NY. Born September 6, 1920, she was the daughter of Master Sgt. Charles William Stoddard and Gladys Whalen Stoddard of Sackets Harbor. A 1939 graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School, she graduated in 1942 from Syracuse University School of Nursing Education. She graduated from Syracuse University a second time in 1960, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree.
She married Stanley G. Kimmett of Sackets Harbor on December 23, 1943 while he was stationed at Turner Field in Albany, GA. He died in February 1977. She married Daniel Burnham on July 31, 1982.
Mrs. Burnham began her career as a school nurse at Pulaski Academy and Central School in 1943. She was a nursing instructor at Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, TX and later at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Watertown. She worked as a nurse for several years at the House of Good Samaritan, Watertown.
In 1964, Mrs. Burnham received her NYS Teaching Certification from SUNY at Oswego. She taught sixth grade at Sackets Harbor Central School from 1960-1985.
Mrs. Burnham is survived by her husband and five children: Stanley G. Kimmett, Jr (Delia) Lenoir City, TN, Margaret Schatz (George) Evanston, IL, Marilyn Hemsey (Richard) Cable, WI, Mary Ellen Pacocha (Ted) Webster, NY and Charles Kimmett (Suzanne) Westfield, MA, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Burnham was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church, Sackets Harbor, where she served on many committees. She was a member of several community organizations and served as president of the Sackets Harbor School Alumni Association, Syracuse University Nursing Alumni Association, Class of 1942 and the Sackets Harbor Central School Teachers Association.
Throughout her long life, Mrs. Burnham’s activities were often inspired by her love for Sackets Harbor and its history. In 1999, she received the Sackets Harbor Alumni Association’s Outstanding Citizen Award. She volunteered at the Hay Memorial Library, the Pickering Beach Museum and Samaritan Medical Center. She was a lifetime member of OES.
Mrs. Burnham was a talented quilter and won many awards for her quilts exhibited at the Jefferson County Fair. She enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, playing cards, traveling and antique collecting. Calling hours will be on Friday, August 15, 2-4 and 7-9 at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter and the funeral will be held on Saturday, August 16 10:30 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church Sackets. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Presbyterian Church and Hay Memorial Library in Sackets Harbor.