Sally Iris Ingalls, daughter of Evelyn H. and George B. Ingalls, passed away peacefully at her home in Holladay, Utah. She was born on August 9, 1945 and raised in Ogden, Utah. After spending her 32 years in her valiant battle with inclusion body myositis (IBM), an extremely rare and untreatable autoimmune muscle-wasting disease, Sally announced that she will be free on December 15, 2022. I found
She graduated with honors from Ogden High School (Go Tigers!) and attended Weber State University on a two-year scholarship. During these years, she worked at her parents’ grocery store, Georges Market, on 36th Street and Quincy Avenue. She then graduated from the University of Utah (Go Utes) with her bachelor’s degree and became a member of Phi She Beta Her Kappa. She was then named the best student in the speech and hearing department, received a full-ride scholarship for her master’s degree program, and became a member of Kappa Her Phi. After her graduation, she began working in the Salt Lake School District, where she retired in 1994, where she remained for 31 years. During that time, she earned certification in diagnosing and correcting learning disabilities and helped hundreds of students overcome math, reading, comprehension, and more. Educational problems helped guide them to eventual academic success.
I earned my PhD in School Psychology from the University of Utah while working full time. Her intellect and academic ability are top-notch, and the chairman of the PhD committee said of one assignment, “Her way of thinking is the most original I have seen in her twenty years. I have to,” he commented.
In addition to her work with the school district, she was a psychologist in private practice at the Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center. In both the school district and private practice areas, she supervised and mentored PhD candidates in psychology as they worked on the internships required for their licensure.
Sally brought all her abilities and mundane wisdom to all her endeavours. He was an athlete and as a child he could fly a kite higher than any boy in the neighborhood. Her skis were powerful, executed with precise and beautiful form. She set up a college class so she could ski every Friday and eventually introduced her two younger sisters to this wonderful sport.
Sally always entertained me. Her birthday and Christmas presents were meticulously chosen, especially her sister Georgia’s famous pogo her stick. The parties and events she has organized have been some of the best, including her 50th birthday party in Pink Her Flamingo. She had a well-honed sense of humor and loved to joke, she had a treasure trove of jokes to share at gatherings and parties.
Her home is beautifully decorated with oriental motifs and complete with a sublime Asian patio garden designed by Red Butte Gardens’ master gardeners. Her personal paradise was filled with giant volcanic rocks, fountains, lighting systems, and exotic and gorgeous trees, grasses, plants, and flowers. This garden was her pride and joy. Especially in her later years when she was confined to her wheelchair and rendered her immobile.
Sally loved traveling domestically and internationally. She has visited Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Hong Kong and China. In addition, she has visited national parks in the United States including Denali, Olympic, Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Cedar She Breaks, Carlsbad Caverns, Haleakala and Hawaii I liked the volcano.
She is an avid reader and has spent at least 20 years in reading groups in the Salt Lake School District. She was very good at playing Scrabble, usually she had six or more of her Words With Friends games at the same time. She was a subscriber to her tickets for the Utah Symphony Orchestra season. She loved art and actively supported it.
Throughout her life, she was a Caped Crusader enthusiast. She had many Batman paraphernalia, including using Batman postage stamps and decorating her wheelchair as a Batmobile with Bat-1 Gotham City license plates.
Then there is the cat. She adored her feline friends and had many beloved kitty companions throughout her life since her childhood. For example, Gee Bee, McKee Bob, Targie Joe, Maggie She Iris, Trichaz (who lived to be 21 years and 10 months old), etc. She was by Sally’s side and in a wheelchair.
Sally was a deep free thinker and an amazing problem solver throughout her life. She was open to new ideas and different philosophies. She believed in self-responsibility and acted with integrity, integrity and compassion.
In addition to sisters Georgia (Grade) Rawlings (Smithfield, Utah) and Louisa Jean Ingalls (Holladay, Utah) and sister-in-law Janice McIntyre Ingalls (Far West, Utah), Sally has 11 nieces. and nephew survived. She was survived by her parents George and Evelyn Ingalls, her brother Ronald Ingalls, her sister Marilyn Smith, niece Karen Hoss, and many cousins.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Marshall Smith, MD, Distinguished, Department of Neurology, University of Utah. Dr. John Dietlein, MD, Surrey Home Care Physician. Dr. Stephen Crandall, Master Physiotherapist in Hand and Ortho. Solstice Home Health & Hospice, especially her devoted nurse, Shaun Boyle. And many caring friends and caregivers.
The visitation will be held at Starks Funeral Home on Friday, January 6, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The funeral will be held at Starks Funeral Home on Saturday, January 7, 2022 at 11:00 am. Burial will be held at Huntsville City Cemetery, 5600 E 100 S, Huntsville, Utah, where he will be buried with seven generations of his family.
We all say goodbye to Sally, the light of our lives, and tell you the speed of God. As Robert Frost puts it in a beautiful poem, “Gold can’t stay.”
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