|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1905|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 2010|
Aundrey Lucile Graybill
Sally Graybill , 105 years young, passed away December 31, 2010, New Year's Eve Day at home with family by her side, off to her next big adventure. Sally was Born August 10, 1905, to Willets E. and Laura Jones Lundy in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Her father, a Klondiker in 1894 and 1895, successfully navigated the Chilkoot Pass near Skagway, Alaska. Although he didn't find much gold, it was an interesting adventure. Her grandfather was one of the few soldiers to survive the Andersonville Prison Camp during the Civil War. Sally's maternal grandfather, Crampton Harris Jones was an Oregon pioneer and one of the founders of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Sally's mother was a newspaper editor and publisher in Elkton, Oregon. During Sally's childhood, Oregon was still the "wild west", complete with stage coach travel and the first automobiles. It's easy to see how Sally developed her lifelong sense of adventure. Sally graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in English. She began a career teaching English and Literature at West Linn High School near Portland, Oregon. In her spare time, she enjoyed horseback riding, camping and long hiking trips. One notable trip was 150 miles down the Rogue River with best friend Gayle Edgerton and one other friend. Gayle married Boyd Graybill in 1936 and in 1938 they introduced Sally to Boyd's brother, Charles Graybill. Sally and "Chas" were married in 1939 and celebrated more than 59 years of marriage. After WWII, Chas and Sally settled in Nampa, Idaho where they lived until 1972. Charles retired and they moved to Hillcrest Country Club Estates in Boise. Charles passed away in January, 1999 and Sally continued to live in their home until she was 103, at which time she moved to Wynwood, Brookdale Senior Living. For her birthday in 1960 Charles gave Sally a two month trip to Europe. Sally kept a detailed diary of their trip noting events such as their flights on the first Boeing 707's and a DC8. Big changes from the first automobiles and her WWII flight in an open cockpit Army training plane. Sally was an avid golfer, first at Broadmore Country Club in Nampa, at Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, then with the "Nifty Fifties" group at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise. Following a lesson from her "Pro" at Broadmore, Sally promptly went out to play nine holes where she scored her first "Hole in one". Always the adventurer, Sally expressed interest in taking a ride in a hot air balloon, something she had never done. Her Goddaughter asked a balloonist friend about giving her a ride for her 93rd birthday. The balloonist, who was unable to guarantee a smooth landing and concerned with her age, declined to take her. Sally said "oh, darn it. I would have liked to try it." And, she would have loved it. Until two months before her passing, Sally was a favorite at Hillcrest Country Club's Sunday Brunch where Tommy and Sandy were never too busy to stop and visit and prepare something special. Both Tommy and Donald, another special friend from Hillcrest, took the time to pay a Christmas visit to Sally in her final days. Thank you for that. You were very special to her. While Sally and Charles had no children of their own, they were blessed with a very special group of friends: Bill and Mary Petersen, Cecil and Bernie Ennis, and George and Mary Bennett, all deceased. The children of these friends became their "surrogate" children: Richard and Marylou Ennis, Robert and Darlene Ennis, John and Mary Ennis, Sharon (Petersen) and John Matzinger, and their Goddaughter Tracy (Bennett) and Dennis Fitzpatrick. Sally loved her niece Barbara Perkins (Oregon), and nephews: Harvey (Bernice) Lewellen, Bill (Betty) Lewellen and James (Jane) Graybill, all of Oregon; nephew Vic (Beverly) Carman of Boise. Always the epitome of the word "lady", Sally never complained, no matter the difficulty or challenge, always had a kind word to say. She was a wonderful mentor to her family and always kept track of their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was admired by everyone who had the privilege to know her. A special thank you is in order for the staff at Wynwood Assisted Living and to Melanie especially. Thank you to the wonderful staff of St. Luke's Hospice: Belinda, Jennifer, Valerie, Anna, River Eyes, Brian and Robert. You are truly special and you earn your "wings" every day. At Sally's request, no services will be held. A private family celebration of life will be held in Boise in the spring.
Donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Published in Idaho Statesman on January 6, 2011
Created by: Sheryl
Record added: Jan 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63802845
|Photos may be scaled.|
Click on image for full size.