June 8, 1943 – October 14, 2019
Born in Baltimore, MD
Resided in Lincoln, NE

 

 

Sarah “Sally” Lindsay Reed Gracie

 

Sarah Lindsay Reed Gracie (Sally) died suddenly on October 14, 2019 as a result of a stroke with her family by her side. She was 76.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland to William Jay and Louise Ayres Reed. For most of her 55 years on the East Coast she lived in Sudbrook Park, Pikesville, MD. She was a 1961 graduate of Milford Mill High School and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1965. There she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. Sally taught English and Journalism at Catonsville High School, having been hired by Principal Samuel E. Clopper who had also served as principal while she was a student at both Pikesville Elementary School and Milford Mill H.S. Later Sally became certified as a school librarian at Towson University and served in that capacity at elementary schools, also in Baltimore County.

After retiring from teaching Sally moved to Twisp, a small town in the Methow Valley in Washington State, to be near her eldest son, Robert Reed Gracie and (then young) granddaughter, Amaya Genevieve Gracie. She flew across the country with her cat while her younger son, David Reed Gracie and a friend carted all her worldly possessions in a rented U-Haul truck, along with her two dogs, out to meet her in Twisp.

She loved her life in Twisp, made many friends, and became actively involved with the community library and art gallery. A gifted writer, Sally wrote a column for the local weekly newspaper, The Methow Valley News for 15 years. She enjoyed her books, her pets, was a marvelous cook, excellent gardener and a dedicated political observer/commentator. In 2016 Sally moved to Lincoln, NE to be nearer her younger son Dave, his wife Kate Ann Gracie, and her newest grandchild William Ayers Gracie. There she, again, had the opportunity to read books and influence the life of another active, young grandchild. In Lincoln Sally continued to work on her spiritual and intellectual life. She attended a local book club and she found fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous, a program she began while living in Twisp.

Her editor, Don Nelson of the Methow Valley News, wrote in last week’s editorial “ When she relocated from Baltimore (Bawlmer, in local parlance) in her adopted home in the Methow, Sally brought with her the distinct character of what Marylanders call Charm City (I lived there for a awhile and know of what I speak, Hon). Sally speaks her mind, prods when necessary, follows her curiosity and digs for information. She’s also not afraid to express passion, emotion, joy, sorrow, humor, dismay or indignation. Like our other correspondents, she has always been part reporter, part observer and entirely an invested resident of the valley.” Her childhood friends of over 70 years, also rooted in Sudbrook Park, the former Annie Zouck, Dorrie Boone, Roxanne Heffner, and Julee Bosse, would concur. Our Sally’s passion, intellect, and deep commitment to those she loved and admired will be with all of us who loved her…. her family, her many friends and neighbors throughout our country, and the hordes of former students whose lives she touched so deeply.

Besides her sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, Sally is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Reed English of Charlotte, NC, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her former husband, Robert A. Gracie, died in 2017.

A celebration of her life will be held in Lincoln on November 2, 2019 from 2-4pm at The Meeting Place 2748 S. Street. A celebration of her life will be held in Baltimore on Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 2-5p.m. with details on the location to follow. A celebration is planned for Twisp with location, date and time to follow.

A memorial endowment fund has been established in Sally Gracie’s name with the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Proceeds received will support the Twisp Pubic Library which has dedicated a plaque to Sally recognizing her love of reading and the role the library plays in the community.

Please support this fund in lieu of sending flowers by going directly to the foundation’s website go to www.CFNCW.org and click on the Give Now button, located on the top right of the webpage. When you reach the Donation page, click on the Memorials Fund under DONATE TO FUND option. Once reached, click the Donation in memory or Honor and type Sally Gracie – in the Person being remembered line.

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