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Salome' Juliar Ringling Clayton-Jones
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Birth: May 25, 1937
Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 2005
Baraboo
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA

Salome or Sally, to those that knew her, died peacefully during the night in her home in Baraboo on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. She was 68. Although she had traveled the world and was considered cosmopolitan by many, Sally always regarded Baraboo as her true home. She was born in Madison in May 1937, to Henry Ringling and Jean Fowler Ringling, the first of two children. Although she was schooled in Baraboo until she was 14. At that age she elected to go to Rogers Hall Boarding School near Boston, Mass., to finish her secondary education. She also read art history at Smith College, attaining a bachelor's degree. Following the close deaths of her father and her brother, Henry, Sally and her mother moved to Italy, settling in Rome. She had a career in motor racing and was engaged for a brief time to Wolfgang "Taffy" von Tripps, the Formula One driver who was tragically killed in an accident at Monza. Sally loved motor racing and other high speed adventure sports, picking up the nickname "Gearbox" from fellow Formula racecar drivers, who would often ask her to hold tools while they worked on cars together, prompting her epitaph, She never said 'No' to "Here, hold this." Sally enjoyed St. Moritz, Switzerland and was a life member of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club. She also enjoyed the bobsled, which is where she met her husband to be, then RAF officer, William "Richard" Clayton-Jones, in 1962. Following a brief stint in England, Sally and her new family spent several happy years in Jamaica before moving to England around the time of her husband's death, in 1975. Both of her children, daughter, Mary Catherine "Kate" and son, Charles were educated in British boarding schools until they reached their majority. Sally moved back to Baraboo permanently after the death of her mother, in 1992. A crippling stroke in 1997 left her semi-paralyzed, yet with a great attitude and a witty and often bitingly funny sense of humor. Although less able to get out, Sally was still a regular fixture at many local establishments and was well respected, especially for her ardent support of local charities. She was also an avid cook and collected recipes from around the world, which she would not hesitate to try out on her many friends and guests at her often lavish parties. Sally's other interests included reading, catalog shopping, doing crossword puzzles and recounting wonderful stories of her many adventures. She was always willing to share a glass of wine and a chat and welcomed all comers into her home with a cheery "Hello, How are you?" Sally is survived by her son, Charles; and her daughter, Mary Catherine. She will be sorely missed. 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Ellsworth Ringling (1906 - 1955)
  Jean Fowler Ringling (1906 - 1994)
 
 Sibling:
  Salome' Juliar Ringling Clayton-Jones (1937 - 2005)
  Henry Ellsworth Ringling (1939 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Walnut Hill Cemetery
Baraboo
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Inside the Henry Ringling Krypt
 
Created by: Kari Venden Waterbury
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15045419
Salome' Juliar <i>Ringling</i> Clayton-Jones
Added by: Kari Venden Waterbury
 
Salome' Juliar <i>Ringling</i> Clayton-Jones
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