TRUE, Sally Ann 8/31/1936 - 5/27/2013 Born to Cecil L. And Madge E. (Thompson) True in Spokane WA, Sally was the second of two children (Cecil Jr.). She spent her childhood enamored with all things outdoors and athletic, and was especially fond of spending time at the True family cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene - swimming, fishing, hiking, camping and waterskiing. She was also a regionally competitive high school tennis player. After graduating from Lewis & Clark High School, Sally attended Rollins College in Florida, where she competed at the collegiate level in tennis and waterskiing. During that time, she qualified for U.S. Waterski Nationals, competing in slalom and trick ski events. She went on to attend the University of Washington and the University of Colorado, where she developed a passion for snow skiing as she completed a degree in physical education. While at CU, she also met and later married Karl Newman, with whom she had three children. Sally presided over a rich and varied family life in Colorado, which included raising horses and dogs and sharing her many passions with her children. The family spent long summer vacations at the True family lake cabin, where Sally reveled in sharing her love of lake activities with visiting family and friends, and especially their children. Sally also developed an interest in real estate investment, which served her well. She earned a reputation as a formidable and demanding business person, but those who met her high expectations were rewarded with uncommon loyalty and in many cases deep personal friendships. She eventually returned to her beloved Coeur d' Alene, where she continued to spend time at the family cabin, and enjoyed golf and tennis leagues in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. Sally also greatly enjoyed traveling with her children to such places as Australia, the Caribbean and Mexico to scuba dive, and Canada to ski. In recent years, Sally retired to Surprise, Arizona, where she enjoyed the warm weather, visits by her children and the company of her dear friend and caregiver Jo Quinn as she navigated the ever changing currents and eddies of "the long goodbye" with grace and dignity. Her children are especially grateful to Rebekah Terril, her business manager of 20 years, for her tireless devotion, which allowed Mom to live independently as her health declined. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home in Surprise, as was her wish. Sally is preceded in death by her parents and brother, and is survived by her children Katie, Kim and Rob Newman, and grandson Koy, who as a toddler captured her essence perfectly in a very special nickname which honored her love of the lake. "Big Water Grandma" may be gone from our lives, but she lives on in many cherished memories. A celebration of Sally's life will be announced at a later date.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on June 9, 2013