Carlson of Wallowa, Oregon died Saturday
January 10th after a battle with lung
Sally was born in Enterprise September 30,
1943 to Robert and Mildred McAnulty. Sally
attended elementary school and two years of
high school in Springfield, Oregon. The
McAnulty family moved to Prineville in 1959
where Sally attended Crook County High
School, graduating in 1961. Sally attended
the University of Oregon for a year before
moving to Roseburg to join her "Vernon"
family and work in the assessor's office.
She and her close friend Elaine Bails moved
to Los Angeles in 1966 where she worked for
an insurance company. Sally and Elaine moved
to Seattle in 1968 where Sally worked at the
U of W. In 1969 Sally moved back to
Springfield where she worked for the
Department of Human Resources and met her
husband-to-be Ken Carlson. Ken and Sally
were married December 24, 1973. After
completing his education at Oregon State
University, Ken and Sally moved to Los
Angeles where Sally attended Long Beach
State University, majoring in Social Work.
Sally graduated with honors and was the top
student in the college of Humanities and
Social Sciences. In 1980 Ken and Sally moved
to Seattle Washington where Sally obtained
her Masters in Social Work at the University
Sally loved school. But instead of her dream
of becoming a professional student she was
forced to become a professional social
worker working for a number of mental health
organizations before forming her own
business offering employee assistance
programs to public and private institutions.
After Ken retired, Ken and Sally moved to
Wallowa in 2003 to care for Sally's mother.
Sally volunteered at the Nez Perce Homeland
Project. Sally was diagnosed with
Alzheimer's in 2010 and moved to Wildflower
Lodge's memory care unit in 2012.
Sally had a gift. She could walk into a room
full of people, not knowing anyone, within 5
minutes she would have a cluster of people
glued to her every word. Within 10 minutes
she would have one or more confiding their
innermost secrets. Sally loved people. She
loved social gatherings. Especially if it
was a group of close friends, of which she
had many. Sally affected the lives of people
from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC.
While in Seattle Sally spent many summer
vacations working on a cook crew for high
mountain camps in the Canadian Rockies. A
social event Sally couldn't pass up even if
it meant working dawn 'til dusk. Sally
volunteered many hours to Senator Patty
Murray's re-election campaign. Sally had the
better car so she became the driver, driving
the senator from event to event.
Christmas was a special time, having been
married on Christmas Eve. Sally would
celebrate the holiday with a party for her
husband's department, a party for her
business associates and yet another for her
nearest and dearest. Sally loved to host,
providing her guests with delicious soups
and homemade breads. She made her home a
Christmas fairyland with multiple Christmas
trees and unique Christmas decorations.
Sally would shine.
A temporary 1992 assignment in North
Carolina let Sally explore the east coast.
Sally would explore during the week while
her husband worked and would drag him to the
best discoveries on the weekends. A basket
class let her meet a new set of friends and
resulted in a large collection of handmade
Sally's second love was reading. She had
read every book in the Springfield Public
Library before she entered junior high. In
her hay-day she could read a book a day.
When Sally tired of social work she got a
job at a bookstore. It was her ideal job.
She became the Mystery Book buyer. Sally
used every paycheck to buy books with her
employee discount. She was in book heaven.
Sally had many "families" and was deeply
loved by all. Her stories and laughter will
be missed. Sally is survived by her husband
Ken of 41 years, her brother Mike McAnulty
of Springfield, OR and one sister and five
brothers of the Vernon family into which
Sally was adopted. There will be a memorial
for Sally sometime this spring. Details will
We would like to express our gratitude to
the staff at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande.
Even though Sally could no longer
communicate and understood very little she
still became a favorite. Sally's smile and
giggle won over hearts. Everyone at
Wildflower treated Sally with love and the
utmost respect. We thank them for their care
during Sally's last years.