BRINER, Saralie "Sally" March 6, 1935 - November 19, 2012 Sally Briner (nee McKinney) of Anaheim Hills, CA passed away in Newport Beach from an aggressive cancer of the mouth and lungs, 4 months after initial diagnosis. She lived her entire life in California. Born in Carpenteria, she grew up in Vista, and graduated from Woodbury College in Los Angeles. Her working career began at Disney Studios in Burbank, followed by executive secretary positions at Aerospace Corporation and Xerox Corporation in El Segundo, from which she retired in 1988. Sally's joy was singing, and she joined the Sweet Adelines barbershop harmony organization in 1966. She started in the LA Southtowns Chorus (Redondo Beach) and later sang in Harborlites Chorus (Anaheim). She excelled as a quartet baritone, and twice was crowned as an International Quartet Champion, with 4 For The Show (1984) and Panache (1990). She also won two international chorus championships with Harborlites Chorus, in 2004 and 2007. Wherever Sally went she made lasting friends, and she was always known for her smile, genuine warmth, happy disposition, and caring empathy. It was often said that she brightened a room just by entering it, and with her loving hugs she made everyone feel like they were her very special friend. Although she never had children of her own, she was always "auntie Sally" to the children of her adult girlfriends, and she loved them all. She was preceded in death by her sister Gailene McKinney and her parents Vern and Helen McKinney. She is survived by her loving husband Dave, stepson Rob, and the many friends whose lives she has touched throughout the world. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held January 13, 2013, 3:00pm, at the Yorba Linda Community Center, 4501 Casa Loma Avenue, Yorba Linda CA 92886. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Young Singers Foundation www.youngsingersfoundation.org .
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 30, 2012