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Sally A. Moomey, nee Purviance, passed away Friday, Sept. 29 at her home in Westlake Village, California after a long and hard-fought battle with a number of medical issues. Her family was all with her at the time. She is survived by her husband Bob; daughter Kirsten and grandson Jon. Sally was born in Jackson Heights, New York in August of 1939, but grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She and Bob were just two months short of celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary. They lived in the Chicago area for 34 years. She was best known as a director of theater productions. She directed and/or costumed numerous plays in the northwest suburbs of Chicago over many years. When she and Bob moved to California in 2000 she became active in the Conejo Players theater company in Thousand Oaks where she also directed and/or stage managed several productions. Her final show was a production at Conejo Theater of ''Butterflies Are Free''. In the early 1960's when Sally learned that her daughter Kirsten was hearing impaired she became very active in working within that community. She became proficient in sign language, started a theater group to include hearing impaired children, and eventually spent several years working for the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf. She frequently was called upon to serve as an interpreter. For several years she was a paralegal and office manager for a suburban Chicago law firm. The firms specialty was family law and Sally's warmth and caring nature was often needed for those facing difficult personal issues. Later she became Vice President of a travel agency in that area where she was able to travel to some exotic locations. A desire to be near their daughter and grandson precipitated the move to California. It was one of her greatest joys to be able to watch her grandson grow up. Sally's ashes will be placed at Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California. She dealt with diabetes for over 50 years. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Memorial and Honor Program of the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, Virginia 22038-1132. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 in Drendel Ballroom of the Prairie Lodge at Del Webb Sun City in Huntley, Illinois on Route 47 just North of the Northwest Tollway. The service will be held between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to the Chicago Tribune Guestbook at chicagotribune.com/obituaries..
Published in Chicago Tribune from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2006
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