Sally Ann Lilly
1933 - 2021
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Sally Ann Lilly
Sept. 10, 1933 - Feb. 1, 2021
Sally Ann Lilly was born in Portland, Ore., as the only child of Anne and Adolph Aplanalp Sept. 10, 1933. She enjoyed digging clams at Seaside, ice skating, skiing, and raising her dog Laddie. She often went alone as a child to downtown Portland to learn the accordion, which she played for her Swiss family. Her mother trained her as a seamstress and her father encouraged her interest in gardening. She passed these skills on to her daughters and granddaughters. She made many friends at Jefferson High School and graduated with the Class of 1951. Sally met her future husband, Norman K. Lilly of Portland, on a blind date set up by her dear friend Rosie (Bond) Hostetter. After a climb of Mt. Hood that included her future father-in-law Marion Lilly, she married Norm Sept. 5, 1953.
She was blessed with three children, Craig Lilly of Concord, Mass., Marcia Christiansen of Portland and Janet Kahl of Portland. Sally's home was filled with cheerful joy, active play with forts in apple trees, and family style home cooked meals. She encouraged education and hard work. Sally loved children and volunteered as a Cub Scout leader. She especially enjoyed being the troop leader for her beloved Campfire Girls. Her favorite activities included organizing weekend camping, whitewater, and hiking trips, as well as ski outings at the family cabin in Government Camp. She was a strong supporter of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and valued the amazing volunteers that keep our mountain safe. Sally was a member of the Dosch Diggers garden club and shared her hobbies with her across-the-street best friend Verna Petersen. Sally and Norm loved exploring and visited most all the National Parks. They drove to Alaska and Mexico, traveled around the world, and had a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Oregon.
Sally's life was enriched by the blessing of grandchildren, Michelle Shorter of New Orleans, Alyssa Gulley of Corvallis, Mont., Heidi Christiansen of Portland, Joe Gulley of Portland, Keegan Kahl of Kelowna BC, Jonathan and Catherine Lilly of Concord, Mass.; and her grandchildren-in-love, Dana Hergert of Bend, Ore., and Johnny Hergert of Colorado Springs, Colo. She recently became a great-grandmother, to Lulu Shorter, who gave her new life. Sally's devotion and love of her family was expansive and wonderful to witness. Her respectful, positive, non-judgmental approach made it easy to be her friend. She was open to new experiences, people and ideas and graciously gave encouragement and support. Her warmth and kindness left a lasting impression. Near the end of her life, she shared her home with granddaughter Heidi and grandson Joe with wonderful summer visits from her granddaughter Catherine.
Our sweet Sally passed away peacefully at the age of 87 in the S.W. Portland family home where she raised her children. Sally would like that you honor her memory with acts of kindness and love rather than flowers or contributions.
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Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Talented, energetic, patient, and kind are a few words that come to mind remembering Sally Lilly. I have many good memories of our days in Mrs. Lilly's Camp Fire Girls group. To Janet and Lilly family: I know she touched many lives and I feel fortunate to have known her in my childhood.
Carole Oswald
February 23, 2021
As I said to my campfire girl leader “Mrs Lilly” both in a letter and recently in person, she had a significant influence on me as a child. She clearly cared and shared her talents with all of us campfire girls. She enriched my childhood with the field trips, songs, crafts and friendship building. She will never be forgotten and holds a special place in my heart. Thank you Mrs Lilly, Always.
Lisa Wiener Stember
February 22, 2021
Thank you for the best blueberry pancakes I have ever tasted.
Kathy Patel
February 22, 2021
Sadly was a true lady in every respect. My brother married her daughter Marcia when I was 14. Sally welcomed me as an extended family member to the point where my own children & grandchildren cake her Grandma Sally. I can remember going camping with her on a few occasions, she was such a joy to be around. This world was a better place with her in it. I shall miss her greatly.
Desiree Mattingley
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