Sana J. DeLapp|
March 29, 1923 - September 19, 2013
SALEM - Sana lived a quiet understated life and always put herself second to the needs and feelings of others. Family and friends agree that Sana's life long commitment to helping and doing for others earned her the distinction of Best Supporting Actress on the stage of life.
Born in Hutchinson, Minnesota to loving parents, Frank and Margaret Millett, Sana and her family moved to Salem, Oregon only one month following her birth. It has been here in Salem that Sana began her early tradition of serving others with near continuous acts of kindness. Following her graduation from Salem High School in 1941 Sana completed post-high school secretarial training and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in November of 1943. Sana's Marine Corps reserve status was short lived and she was called to active duty in January of 1944. With the rank of Corporal, Sana fulfilled her call to serve by supporting the troops from her post in San Francisco in December of 1945, returning to Salem to later carry on supporting roles of wife, mother, homemaker, and community volunteer.
Following her return to civilian life Sana began dating her childhood friend and neighbor, Floyd DeLapp. Sana and Floyd were later married in the First Evangelical Church in 1947, a church they had both attended since 1933. In her new role of wife and homemaker, Sana took on the tasks of handling the accounting and administrative functions of Floyd's successful entrepreneurial endeavors while also working side by side with her new husband to personally build by hand their home, where they lived the majority of their years together.
Prior to losing her beloved husband of 61 years Sana contributed to both her community of family and the community at large by chairing the local election board, volunteering in local schools and lending a hand for countless church activities and events. Sana was the person who was always there to take care of the small things that really mattered. It was her way to always be there if someone needed a ride, to always reach down to lift others up, and to offer assistance to anyone in need. It did not matter to Sana what someone's past had been or how much, or little, money they had. Sana knew that one's service to others on a personal level was what mattered to the one in need at the time.
Sana will be missed, but all of us who have been left behind can take comfort in what Sana showed us in her final days. She embraced death with open arms and was ready to join those who have gone before her. Sana is survived by her son John and his wife, Janet; her daughter Carol, and two handsome grandsons, Ishmael and Isaac.
Thank you to Orchard Heights Assisted living staff and Hospice Care of the Northwest representatives to whom we owe great gratitude for their kindness and caring in making Sana's final days and moments as comfortable as possible.
A service will be held in memory of Sana at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the Salem Evangelical Church located at 455 Locust Street NE, in Salem, with a reception following. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 24, 2013