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Anne (Wing) Aller

SALISBURY — Anne (Wing) Aller, 83, passed away quietly on Feb. 8, 2011, at Noble Horizons, where she had resided for the last 18 months. She was born Dec. 12, 1927. Anne, the daughter of the late Irene (Wallace) and David Vogels, was known to many for her spirited personality and her passion for sports and competition.

She grew up in Saunderstown, R.I., and on Quansett Farm in Westport, Mass., where her love for horses, hounds and sports began. In 1947 she graduated from The Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, R.I.

She married Morgan Wing Jr. in 1948 and moved to Millbrook, N.Y., where they started a family and formed the Sandanona Beagles, a hare hunting pack of national renown.

During her years in Millbrook, Anne was a keen rider and whipper-in to the Millbrook Hunt; a frequent horse show competitor; an alpine ski instructor in Vermont; and an avid tennis player.

In the 1960s, Anne developed a love for Siberian huskies and sled dog racing which brought her to Alaska, Canada and New England for several months each winter. She successfully raced in open competitions, often as the only woman, and in 1968 won the Women’s World Championship in Anchorage, Alaska.

After Morgan’s passing in 1974, Anne moved to Waitsfield, Vt., where she met Rodney Aller. They married in 1979 and moved to Rod’s home in Lakeville, where they lived until Rod’s death in 2005.

Anne and Rod frequently participated in ski races and successfully competed in the national Masters Alpine Ski Races. However, her greatest passion in later life was the sport of golf. Not only did she win club championships at the Sharon Country Club but also in 1992 she earned a spot to compete in the Connecticut State Women’s Amateur Championships.

Throughout her life Anne was determined to accomplish and succeed at all she tried. She will be greatly missed by her children, Lucia Wing of Bondville, Vt., Jill Wing Heck of Fairfield, Conn., and Bryce Wing of Hanover, N.H.; her grandchildren, Hayes Heck, Morgan Heck and Abby Wing; her brother, Richard Vogels; and by her extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook on Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements.