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Charlotte M. Westbrook Hallam, 88, formerly of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Crouse Community Center in Morrisville, NY.

Charlotte was born on September 13, 1930 in Ithaca, NY to the late Clayton M. Ball and Edith M. Hughes Ball. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Rylan J. Hallam, and her first husband, James W. Westbrook, to whom she was married from 1949 until his death in 1982. She was also predeceased by her brothers and their spouses: Selden (Mary Lou) Ball; Eugene (Geraldine) Ball; Donald (Marion) Ball; Robert (Audrey) Ball; stepson Ronald Hallam; father and mother-in-law, Clarence E. Westbrook and Edna M. Westbrook and sister-in-law, Jean M. Dedrick.

She is survived by her loving children: Cindy (Tom) Helmer; Amy (Tim) Tyson; Mike (Roxanne) Westbrook; Debbie (Chuck) Witty; Penny Westbrook (Jay O’Leary) and stepdaughters: Sue (Paul) Sawyer and Cheryl Hallam; step-daughter-in-law: Dottie Hallam; sisters-in-law: Ann (Daniel) Signore and Susan Westbrook. Her legacy will also carry on through her beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Charlotte was a graduate of Ithaca High School and was an involved stay-at-home-mom from 1950-1963. She was employed at Cornell University from 1963 to 1986, where she was the executive assistant to the Dean of the Department of Natural Resources. She was dedicated to her work and the university and many of the students affectionately called her ‘Mom’.

Charlotte had a love of animals that spanned her lifetime. As a young girl, she loved her father’s hunting dogs and was an avid horsewoman. The family farm on Niemi Road was never without a menagerie of animals that were lovingly acquired or rescued and included dogs, burros, rabbits, a goat, a stable full of horses and her beloved cats. For many years, Charlotte served as the harness racing secretary for county fairs throughout the Finger Lakes and Twin Tiers.

Her interests included traveling, attending concerts and theater productions and gardening. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Yankees, the Giants, the Cornell Big Red, the Syracuse Orange and her grandchildren’s sporting events.  Most of all, she loved her family – the members of which were the cornerstones of her life.

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff at Crouse Community Center, in Morrisville, NY, for the care and support they gave our mother for the past nine years.

Charlotte will be honored at a Celebration of Life Ceremony at  Ithaca, NY on Saturday, December 29,  2018. The Very Rev. Ann. M. Tillman will be the Officiant. The family will receive visitors from 10 to 11 AM, at The Space at GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY with a service to follow at 11 AM at the same venue. Interment will be at Birchardville Cemetery, in Montrose, PA, in a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Charlotte Hallam’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central NY ( or to a charity of your choosing.

Obituary submitted by Herson Wagner Funeral  Home.