Funeral services for Sally McKee Galler will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Golden Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Price officiating, and the Rev. Tony Campanale assisting. Brother Gerald Gates will be the soloist. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery of Bastrop. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop.
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On March 23, 2014, the angels visited the Galler family again, to escort Sally McKee Galler, a Christian, to heaven. Sally often said that when she died, she would be "stepping onto the highway of eternal life, to be with our Heavenly Father." She had 94 years of good life on this good earth, and lately, had spoken of the last journey she must take.??
She is survived by two sons, George B. (Beverly) Galler of Baton Rouge and Fred M. Galler of Natchez, Miss.; grandsons, Lance Galler of Natchez, Miss., and Ryan K. (Lyndee) Galler of Waco, Texas; and great-grandsons, Mason T. and Reed R. Galler of Waco, Texas. Sally also leaves three sisters, Juanita McKee Grice, of San Diego, Calif., Alma McKee Bordeaux, of Wilmot, Ark. Nellie McKee May of Bastrop and numerous nieces and nephews. ??
The daughter of Earl and Dollie Rogers McKee, of Wilmot, Sally was born into a large family on January 2, 1920, according to her birth certificate, but she disputed this date, saying the numbers had been transposed, and that she was actually born on February 1, 1920. George G. Galler, Sally's husband of 72 years, died on March 20, 2013, preceding her in death by one year and three days. Five siblings preceded her in death: Her sister, Minnie McKee Blocker, and four brothers, Elzie Risinger, Lewis McKee, Buey McKee and Wayne McKee. Her maternal grandparents were Henry and Lucy Gilbert Rogers, and paternal grandparents were James Monroe and Willie Richardson McKee.
??Sally grew up in the community of Lower Dry Bough near Wilmot. She was an avid outdoors woman, riding horses, fishing, playing basketball and gardening. She enjoyed telling stories about her young life, including horse racing, the goat adventure, her dog Bulger and the cow and Minnie's Model A getaway. She married George Galler on April 16, 1940, and taught school near Wilmot during the early years of her marriage. Sally later worked at the Shumaker Naval Ammunition Plant in Camden, Ark., where she was a rocket inspector. One story she often told was about her trip to see her husband in 1944. She traveled by train from Wilmot to San Diego and back-an exciting adventure for a country girl. After the war, she moved to Bremington, Wash., to be with George. Sally was an active member of what has been called the Greatest Generation. ??
Next to her family, she loved Greenacres Baptist Church of Bastrop, where she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of WMU and involved in many other church functions. She worked for J. C. Penney, and the Dixie Store. In the late 1960s, George and Sally owned the Texaco business on Highway 165 North, and Sally ran the gas station. She loved deep-sea fishing and the many trips to Grand Isle with her family. She enjoyed attending George's naval reunions and visiting with his shipmates of the USS McCalla and their wives. The Gallers went to a different city every year to have their reunion.??Pallbearers are Brett Bennett, Byron Bordeaux, Roger May, Dennis McKee, Steve McKee, and Wayne McKee. Honorary pallbearers are Bernard Blocker, John Brodnax, Ryan Galler, Larry Greenwood, James Grice, and Douglas Risinger.
??Flowers are welcome, or should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Greenacres Baptist Church of Bastrop or to the
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Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2014