Sally Fae Austin
September 5, 1930 - March 26, 2017
Sally Fae Austin died in Salem with her family at her side on Sunday, March 26 at age 86. She was born in Lebanon, Oregon to Earl Fred Davis and Lucy Fae Davis. Sally attended school in Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1949.
In 1950 she married Gerald Bartels with whom she had 2 daughters, Sherry and Suzan. He died in 1991. In 2010 she married Charles E. Austin. They met while walking with the “Mall Walkers” at Lancaster Mall. They enjoyed traveling around the Northwest, especially Victoria, BC and the San Juan Islands. She shared her family with Chuck and lovingly claimed a son and daughter. To Marj she was her “Bonus Mom”. Sally was a member of The First Christian Church in Salem where she was a Deaconess and leader of the Jayanthi Wilson Women’s Group. She was a quilter and shared that interest with her daughters. Montana was her home for 16 years where she enjoyed skiing and the “Big Sky” country which she remembered fondly.
While in Montana Sally attended Missoula Vocational Technical Center and learned the then high tech skill of key punching. Upon completing her associate degree she was asked to stay and teach. Later when she moved to Salem she worked for the State of Oregon and finished her career at SAIF Corporation as a computer programmer. She looked forward to working the SUDOKU puzzle in the morning paper.
Sally had a friendly personality and a wonderful smile. She made friends wherever she went. She and Chuck enjoyed an active retirement and in 2015 moved to Capital Manor where she quickly made new friends. Health issues made her last 2 years difficult but she valiantly did her best to live as normal a life as possible. She will be missed. She was Chuck’s “Best Friend”.
Sally is survived by her husband Chuck, sister Joan Hinman of Lakewood, WA, daughters Sherry Hall (Bob) of Beavercreek, Suzan Seery (Mike) of Great Falls, MT, Marjorie Maxwell (Dan) of Eugene and son Douglas Austin (Kristi) of Salem. The family also includes grandchildren Elizabeth Hendricks, Ruth Cepeda, Miriam Bowline, Esther Hall, Deborah Krebs, Mykal Zanotelli, Timothy Seery, Alex Gonzalez, Gregory Gonzalez, Gene Austin, Brian Austin, Daniel Austin and 20 Great Grandchildren. A sister, Katherine Gamblin preceeded her in death.
There will be a Memorial Service Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at The First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Marion-Polk Food Share https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/ways-to-give/ , First Christian Church http://www.salemfcc.org/ or The Capital Manor Foundation http://www.capitalmanor.com/about-us/foundation/ .