Sally Joyce Reber (“Maga” to her grandchildren), 85, passed away with family by her side on October 31, 2020 after suffering a stroke a week earlier while doing what she loved most – dining out with friends. After moving 29 times during her lifetime, she has made her final move.
Sally was born in Fargo, ND on July 20, 1935 – the third of four daughters to Obert and Catherine Fossay. She grew up on a farm “with no electricity and only an outhouse for a bathroom” during the Depression. Life growing up on a small farm was challenging and her parents modeled working hard without complaining. She and her sisters sat in the front row of church each Sunday watching their mom play the organ.
Sally met her future husband while a senior at North Dakota State University and then married on August 4, 1957 after she graduated. She started her family of three boys on July 10, 1958 and began their journey of living on multiple air force bases around the country. Sally taught Home Economics while raising her three boys in Northfield, Minnesota.
Sally and Darrell finally put down permanent roots in Kent, Washington 42 years ago. She lived in Meridian Valley Country Club where she had many good friends because she was such a good friend to others. Her hobbies included golfing, skiing, playing cards, reading, cooking, and socializing. She loved to travel and was blessed to have been able to travel to all seven continents. She is most known for her sense of humor, work ethic, friendliness, love of family and friends, and her endless energy (commonly referred to as “the energizer bunny”). She was also known for her strength – supporting her husband through a battle with leukemia that he lost in 2005 and beating cancer herself (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) over a decade ago.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darrell Reber, her son Scott Reber and his wife Joan, and her sisters Carolyn and MaryAnn. She is survived by her two sons and their wives – Randy (Meryl) and Todd (Janelle); her four grandchildren – Megan (Joe), Michael (Emily), Aelin, and Nicole; her two great grandchildren Kayla and Joe Jr.; and her sister Elizabeth (Bit) Skaar.