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1000 7th St
Clarkston, WA | 99403
509-758-2556
3521 7th Street
Lewiston, ID | 83501
208-743-9464
Sara Alway

Sara Marie Alway

Friday, April 21st, 1944 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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On the morning of Tuesday, July 28, 2020, our mama, Sara Marie Alway, passed away peacefully from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with us by her side at Prestige Care in Lewiston. She was 76.

She was born April 21, 1944, in Los Angeles, to Peter and Mary (Flynn) Carter. She grew up with three brothers, which made for great stories to tell. She attended Catholic school all her life, graduating from San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel, Calif., and continued to be an active member in the Catholic church most of her life.

She worked at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office and had some great memories she shared with us over the years of her time there. She married Bob Blotter in 1969, and they later moved to Sacramento, Calif. She was sadly widowed in 1976 when he died. While living there, she was employed at Exlog for several years.

In 1979, she married Donald Alway Jr., and in 1980 the family moved to Lewiston. She worked at Lewis-Clark State College for many years and loved her co-workers and the students, making friendships that lasted though her lifetime. While working there, she was widowed a second time when Don passed away in 1995. She then started working at the Idaho State Veterans Home, where she was very passionate about serving the community of veterans and their families for many years before her retirement in 2009, again making friendships that lasted through her lifetime.

Some of our favorite memories of Mom include her in the kitchen, at the beach or gardening, always barefoot. She loved her dogs, the ocean, listening to Nat King Cole, pickles, a good home-cooked meal and sunshine. Her memory inspires us to never give up and always look on the bright side, because that is what she did. “Everything happens for a reason.”

Sara is survived by her daughters, Dee Alway (Richie), of Graham, Wash., and Bridget (Philippe) Premont, of San Diego, and their children, Annabelle and Nicolas, bonus daughter Rikki Forsman, of Lewiston; brother Tom Carter, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; sisters-in-law Arleen Cranston, of Portland, Ore., and Freda Gorman, of Placerville, Calif.; brother-in-law Russ Alway, of Vancouver, Wash.; and stepson Lance Alway, of Puyallup, Wash., and his two sons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Blotter; husband Don Alway; and brothers Frank and Mike Carter.

The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Lewiston Area Agency on Aging, 124 New Sixth St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or the National Federation for the Blind at www.nfb.org/donate.

We would love for you to sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com. Any memories that are shared will be cherished.
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The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Lewiston Area Agency on Aging, 124 New Sixth St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or the National Federation for the Blind at www.nfb.org/donate. We would love for you to sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com. Any memories that are shared will be cherished.

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Stevie Johnson

Posted at 07:10pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Sara's passing. She was such a wonderful person and I enjoyed so many of our conversations while she was in the shop with me. She had her own mind and was not afraid to say what she thought and I loved that.
Stevie
 

Dee Alway Posted at 11:10pm

Awe Stevie, she always loved seeing you! She looked forward to her hair appts so you guys could chat & catch up.
PG

Paul Guenther

Posted at 11:15pm
I so enjoyed helping Sara out over the years as a part of my volunteer work with Interlink, a service organization in the valley. Whether it was giving her a ride to the doctor, putting up leaf guards on her gutters, or raking up leaves, I considered it a special privilege to help her out. She was a special person, and so enjoyed getting to know her, and visiting with her. I will always remember her. Paul Guenther
 

Dee Alway Posted at 03:06pm

Thank you Paul, I remember her speaking of you & all the help you gave her. We were so grateful for you & the other volunteers that helped over the years. ♡
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