COLUMBIA - Mrs. Sally A. Foss (nee Ellison), 90, of Columbia, passed away peacefully at the Coös County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown, on Saturday evening, Feb. 2, 2013.
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She was born in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 24, 1922, a daughter to the late Joseph and Jenny (Johanson) Ellison.
After graduation from West High School in Rochester, N.Y., in 1940, and Jackson College (Tufts University) in 1944, Sally married Frederic Foss in Red Bank, N.J., where Fred was stationed as an officer in the U.S. Army prior to being deployed to the Pacific theater during World War II.
Sally had the distinction of being the first female school board member for Harpursville Central School District, Harpursville, N.Y., in the 1950s; the first female grand juror in Madison County, Ala., and an active member of the newly formed League of Women Voters in Huntsville, Ala., in the 1960s, which gave her the opportunity to meet the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
She moved to New Hampshire in 1973 permanently after having lived in several states while following her husband's career.
Sally was a superb seamstress and enjoyed cooking, golfing, skiing and playing bridge. She was a member of the Monadnock Congregational Church for more than 38 years and was known for her Christmas cookies at the annual church Christmas bazaar.
She is survived by her son, Gary Foss, of Columbia; and daughters, Carolyn (Phil) Foss- Monson of Columbia, and Betsy (Chuck ) Foss of Rochester, N.Y.; grandsons, Tucker (Sabrina) Foss-Stockwell of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Gene Gant of Montgomery, Ala.; nephew David Foss of Philadelphia, Pa.; and second cousins, Jon Anderson and Jane Anderson of Pawtucket, R.I.
Sally was predeceased by her husband, Frederic Foss, in 2007; a sister, Betty Young; and nephews, Daniel Foss and David Young.
SERVICES: There will be no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held on what would have been Sally's 91st birthday, Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Monadnock Congregational Church in Colebrook, with the Rev. Rebecca Larson officiating. An interment service will occur at a later date in the Colebrook Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers (Sally always said if she can't have them while she is alive, she doesn't want them when she is gone), please consider donations to the Monadnock Congregational Church, 24 Parsons St., or the Vicki Bunnell Scholarship Fund, c/o the Colebrook Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 241, both of Colebrook, 03576.
Condolences may be offered to the family online by going to www.jenkinsnewman.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home, Colebrook, NH.
Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home
103 Main Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 4, 2013