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SALLY LOUISE KIRKPATRICK Einan's at Sunset Sally Kirkpatrick (Abken n‚e Trelstad) passed away peacefully on June 15, 2017 in Kennewick, Washington. Sally Louise Kirkpatrick stormed into life in Pasco, Washington October 12, 1945. Fierce, powerful, passionate Sally was warm-hearted and loving with close family and friends. She cherished a life-long love of music, and often gathered friends and family to sing while she played her beloved baby grand. From an early age, Sally had a "need for speed". A 1.5 hour trip became a 45-minute zip for Sally. She drove race cars, luxury cars, RV's and boats. (It is rumored that she may have driven the boat into an island.) Sally had a hard time keeping track of her keys and was known to lock them in the car, and even dropped them in the Puget Sound on one occasion. During Sally's early career, she was consultant/advisor for Washington State Senator Max Benitz, Senior. Sally managed WSU Tri-Cities Northwest Public Radio, and was Development Director for Blue Mountain Council of Boy Scouts. Later she was a successful lobbyist with clients including Washington State Car Wash Association, CH2M Hill, Visit Tri-Cities, TRIDEC, and Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. She was also a Washington DC lobbyist for Washington State's Small Business Association. Sally made fast friends with senators, representatives, lobbyists, and aids. She had a special "bond" with parking attendants (donuts and cookies), somehow always finding up-front parking. Sally was an enthusiastic volunteer, serving in numerous leadership positions and on boards of directors, including the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties. She was one of the first women to join Pasco-Kennewick Rotary club. Anyone who answered her phone call would attest to Sally's fundraising prowess. Given a challenge, she helped garner thousands of dollars for many causes. Sally was instrumental in founding and expanding the Tri-Cities Wine Festival, and actively supported fledgeling wineries and the wine tourism industry. She also supported countless campaigns for Republican leaders and business causes. In Eastern Washington, Sally was the "go to" grand-dame for advice, strategies, and fundraising. When Sally met and married the love of her life, Walter Kirkpatrick, their lives together flourished with friends far and wide. She was a legendary orchestratorof people, gatherings, and parties. Sally's community involvement waned in recent years, but her love and impact on our community is immeasurable. Everyone has a "Sally story" and we will miss her; cherishing our memories forever. Sally was preceded in death by her mother Betty Getchell; daughter Julie Ludeman and granddaughter Lauren Ludeman. She is survived by her loving devoted husband of 28 years Walter Kirkpatrick, daughter Kelly Abken; stepsons Brian Kirkpatrick and Kevin (Jeanette) Kirkpatrick; brothers Jim (Linda) Trelstad and Rick (Kay) Trelstad; grandson Alexander Ludeman; step-grandchildren Katie and Kristopher Kirkpatrick; and step-father Dennis Getchell. Services will be held Sunday, June 25th, 2pm at Events at Sunset, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland. Reception following. Nothing made Sally happier than being surrounded by fresh flowers and friends. Or donations may be made to Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties, Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-1114
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Published in Tri-City Herald from June 21 to June 24, 2017
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