Sally V. Harris, 82, passed away in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 20, 2016. She was born on March 8, 1934, in Bellingham, Wash., to Earl Haseltin and Jesse (Garletts) Haseltin. She spent most of her childhood in the Washington, D.C. area, where her parents worked for the U.S. Government. Shortly after her graduation from Bismarck High School in 1952, she moved to Valdez, Alaska, where her father was working for the Corps of Engineers building the Port of Valdez. Sally attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1953-1956, where she met Robert "Bob" Harris. They wed in 1954 and moved to Idaho, where Sally graduated from the University of Idaho in 1957 with a degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Army and Sally became a military wife. She spent the next 25 years moving her family around the United States as well as Germany. She was the epitome of a military wife and made it her duty to ensure her children were well-adjusted and felt at home wherever they lived. Sally and Bob divorced in 1984, and Sally graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a masters degree in Teaching in 1992. She left Alaska in 1999, and lived in the Pacific Northwest until her death. Sally was a past president of the Anchorage Business and Professional Women's Association, a life member of the Pioneers of Alaska, a member of the Anchorage Genealogy Society, an election registrar in Alaska and Washington for 30 years, a volunteer instructor for English as a Second Language and a sales representative for Mary Kay cosmetics. Sally's passion was genealogy and spent most of her adult life tracing her familys history, investigating birth and death records of her ancestors and connecting with long lost relatives. Her signature accomplishment was her work of mothering four now-grown children: Kathy Harris of Anchorage, Alaska, Steve Harris of Anchorage, Sandra Harris of Wasilla, Alaska, and Rebecca Campbell of Lake Oswego, Ore. She was a committed mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was actively involved in the lives and accomplishments of her children. Sally was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren, Kelsey, Amy, Mackenzie, Lucas, Quinn, Kellen, Cade and Carson; and her three great-grandchildren, Kash, Charlotte and Camila. A memorial open house will be held on Nov. 5, 2016, at Beaverton Lodge in Beaverton, Ore., from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. A private graveside ceremony will be held in the spring of 2017 at the Bay View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Wash., where Sally will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave E, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Oct. 30, 2016