Sallyne "Sally" Georgia M. Atnipp died at her home in Midland, Texas on March 13, 2014. Sally was 82 years old. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel at the First Baptist Church of Midland, with Dr. Randel Everett officiating. A private interment will precede the memorial service at Resthaven Memorial Park. Sally was the second of three daughters of Oma L. and Lydia McGahey and was born in Brownwood, Texas on October 31, 1931. Sally graduated from Ballinger High School in the Class of 1949 and from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration in 1954. Sally married H.L. Atnipp, her high school sweetheart, on September 13, 1949, and they were married for almost 65 years. Upon graduation from college in 1954, Sally and H.L moved to Midland, Texas. While they made several moves around the oil fields in the Permian Basin, Midland become their permanent home in 1959. Sally devoted her life to raising her children and as a housewife, but she was also a school teacher, sold real estate and assisted H.L. in maintaining his business as an independent oil and gas operator and investor. Sally through time was an avid bridge player, fisherman, antique shopper and loved to travel. She also treasured her monthly lunches with the "lunch bunch," a tradition that lasted over 27 years. Sally was predeceased by her parents, Oma and Lydia McGahey, and her sisters, Nanelle Dructor and Meta Vee Bell. She is survived by her loving husband, H.L.; son, Michael H. Atnipp and wife, Myra of Midland, Texas, and their children, Marc Atnipp, Phillip Atnipp and Stuart Atnipp; son, Stanley L. Atnipp and wife, Diane, of Midland, Texas and their children Thomas Atnipp and Samantha Atnipp; son, Douglas C. Atnipp and wife, Roni, of Houston, Texas and their children, Julia Stellar, Sarah Atnipp, Benjamin Atnipp and William Atnipp; and daughter, Vee Ann Cross and husband Steve of North Falmouth, Massachusetts. She is also survived by five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful caregivers that provided such wonderful care for Sally during her final illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Mar. 16, 2014