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Sally Sterly



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American Cancer Society

129 Jefferson SE

Grand Rapids, MI  49503


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Lowell Area Schools.

Sally Sterly, loving mother and friend to all passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the age of 70. She was born on December 28, 1948 in Petoskey, MI to Lewis & Evelyn (Delavergne) Morris. Sally received her teaching degree from Central Michigan University in 1971 and then obtained a master’s in education from Michigan State University in 1987. She taught in the Lowell area schools district for 23 years. Sally is the mother of two daughters, Tara (Chad) Geldersma of Howard City, MI, and Lea (Brad) Hileman of Grand Rapids, MI. She had a passion for sewing, dancing, traveling with friends and meeting new people. Sally enjoyed winters in Florida and Texas and summers in Michigan, especially in Harbor Springs. She loved spending time with her 6 grandchildren; Alyssa, Bailey, Damion, Autumn, Eleanor and Eli. Sally was especially pleased to be a great-grandmother to Braxton. She loved teaching and was known for her quick wit, infectious smile and her kind and generous spirit. Sally was preceded in death by her father, Lewis; mother, Evelyn; and brother, Robert. She is survived by her 2 children, Tara and Lea; her brothers, Bill (Kim) Morris, Terry (Karen) Morris; her many grandkids; and several cousins, nephews and a niece. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, 621 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Brad Brillhart officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503 or donate books to Lowell Area Schools.

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15 Responses

  1. Lea and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and all of your family in my thoughts and prayers.


  2. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and know you you all are in the heart and prayers. Love Bud and Jan Rogers

  3. So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed playing Bonko with Sally in 2018. A wonderful teacher also. Prayers for all of YOU !

  4. Sally was a wonderful classmate and friend! She was loved by all of us! My condolences to Tara and Lea and your families and the rest of Sally’s family! I will miss her!

  5. There couldn’t have been a more caring and loving person than Sally. Grandma Eve and I (Deb Graves) feel honored to have entertained her on one of her Texas tours. She will surely be missed all here.

  6. We had a great time hanging out with Sally when we were all in the Keys together. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her.

  7. Lea I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of strength and lots of hugs your way ❤️

  8. I got to know Sally through my sister, Kim, and of course Sally’s brother Bill. She was delightful. So active, entertaining and filled with many passions and hobbies. She lived life well and with purpose. Never wasted a day. I’m sorry about her passing but so grateful she lived a wonderful life.

  9. My dear neighbor when we were young. Wishing her family, especially Bill, Kim, Terry, and Karen, the best of memories.

  10. So sorry for your loss…haven’t seen her in years but I know she will be missed by family, friends and all who knew her.

  11. Sally was my Mother-In-law and so much more. A second Mom really. She will be remembered with a smile always. She gave so much of herself for us and our girls over years. Love, friendship, time and knowledge that money just cant buy. This didnt skip a beat even after myself and Tara split. She continued to love and care for me as if nothing changed. In spite of her health issues she got to travel and have lots of fun over the last decade or so. I loved hearing her stories! Especially when she went gambling. I dont know how she rigged those machines to win for the life of me! Anyways… To Tara, Lea and Family. I am sorry for your loss. Hoping time and fond memories help you heal soon!

  12. Lea, I am so sorry you are having to experience the loss of a mother. She looks like she was a sweet, beautiful woman. I definitely see you in her. Hang in there. Sending warm, healing thoughts to you and your family. Karen

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