Sally L. McKiernanSeptember 2, 1954 ~ November 23, 2017 (age 63)
Sally L. McKiernan, 63, of Livingston, Montana. Sally passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and a shorter battle with multiple myeloma at her home, on Thursday, November, 23rd, 2017 with the love of her family and friends by her side. A Celebration of Sally’s life will be held 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 28th at the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home (118 N. 3rd Street, Livingston). A reception will follow the remembrance.
Sally grew up in Ellensburg, Washington, the third of six children. She and her sister Anna, close in both age and spirit, spent their childhood years cracking each other up, and, let’s be honest, never stopped.
After graduating from Central Washington University, she moved to Idaho, where she met Rick, her husband of 40 years. In 1978, Rick and Sally moved to Livingston, where their family grew with the births of daughters Jill and Kay. They filled their house with love. Sally was a wonderful mother, making the girls birthday dresses out of fabrics they chose themselves, going on annual girls’ weekends to Billings for waterslides and back-to-school shopping, and announcing that she was “done parenting” when Kay turned 18 (She wasn’t. Kay laughed, and called Jill, who also laughed. Sally was very funny.).
During her career as a teacher, Sally variously taught first, second, and third-graders. “Mrs. M” was much loved by the hundreds of students who passed through her classrooms. Her career was cut short by MS, but she didn’t let it stop her. She was braver and stronger than she ever would have guessed. Her resilience was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Sally was also a talented and prolific quilter, making untold numbers of wall hangings, pillows, and other quilted works of art. She belonged to both Livingston quilt guilds, Piecemakers and Peace by Piece, as well as Wool Gatherers. Her legendary basement fabric stash provided a unique “shopping experience” for many of her quilting friends. Every lucky recipient of one of her quilts has a beautiful reminder of her love to keep them warm.
She was very involved in P.E.O. Chapter P, a philanthropic educational organization for women. Sally was grateful for the support and friendship offered by her fellow P.E.O. members. She always had a great time when she went to P.E.O. conventions.
Sally always wanted to be a grandma, and her grandson Ezra lit up the last year and a half of her life.
Sally is survived by Rick, Jill, Kay, son-in-law, George Pusey and grandson, Ezra Pusey, as well as her mother, Ruth Floyd, and siblings, John Floyd (Jane), Anna Charlton (Win), Martha Tenery (Bobby), Frank Floyd (Tina), and Jed Floyd. She was preceded in death by her father, William Floyd.
She was loved by many. Don’t worry, Sally, we know you loved us more.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or American Cancer Society for research.