McInnis, Sally

October 18, 1947 - February 3, 2014

Sally Louise Neely McInnis, 66, of Dallas, TX and Red Lodge, MT lost her battle with leukemia on February 3, 2014. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Sally was born on October 18, 1947 in Amarillo, TX to RC and Betty Fay Neely, the middle of three children. From a young age, she was always on the back of a horse. The family cabin at the Palo Duro Club was very special to her. She had many fond memories of riding, picnics, swimming, hiking, playing cards and games with her family and friends on the rim of the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon.

Sally was an outstanding student graduating from Amarillo High School in 1965 with honors. It was then off to college at the University of Texas at Austin where she met her future husband Jay Lehn McInnis. She completed her accounting degree from the University of North Texas at Denton in 1969 after moving to Dallas, TX and began her lifelong career as a CPA and accountant. Sally worked for Price Waterhouse, Trinity Valley Foods and KERA, a PBS affiliate, before finally finding her ideal work situation as a self-employed bookkeeper and accountant. She made many lifelong friends along the way.

Horses continued to be her passion throughout her life. She loved to ride and developed a group of friends who shared her love of horses. She enjoyed trail riding and just hanging out with her horse and her “horse friends”. They had many fun evenings playing cards and games together. Sally also loved her cats. There were always several furry creatures around to love and be loved by at her house.

Because the country was so important to Sally growing up, she began to find city life too confining. She longed to find a special place in the country where she could get back to nature again. She fell deeply in love with the people and land around Red Lodge, MT after a visit there. This was the change from the city she was looking for. She purchased some acreage and began by building a “bunk house” on the property. She made many new special friends in Montana after settling there for the summers.  She loved moose and finally was living somewhere she could see them up close and personal. She missed Montana greatly when she became too sick to go back.

She is survived by a brother, Ron Neely, and his wife Irene Wolf of Ashland, MO; a sister, Susan Legacy of Kendall Park, NJ; a Belgian sister Grite Storm of Red Lodge, MT; and a niece and best buddy, Hilary Legacy of Kendall Park, NJ.

The family would like to thank the staff of Life Care Center of Plano for the loving care she received during the last months of her life.

A celebration of Sally’s life will be held in Dallas at Aria, 19310 Preston Road, on Wednesday February 12, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. An additional service will be held in Red Lodge, MT sometime in the summer of 2014. For more information on the Red Lodge Remembrance, please keep in touch with Hilary Legacy at [email protected].

In lieu of flowers, donation should be made to The American Cancer Society, Horse Charities of America (The EQUUS Foundation), Operation Kindness (a no-kill animal organization and shelter in Dallas, TX) or your preferred charity.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


15 replies on “McInnis, Sally”

Don Kinney says:

Its amazing that one can find a true wonderful friend like Sally up here in Montana. She really made many friends – she was easy to love. Whenever, and wherever we met she would “demand” a Don Kinney hug, which was a joy to give to her. Just wish I could do it today.

Dennis Chamberlain says:

I first met Sally in 1967 at North Texas State, where we were both accounting majors. We started out at Price Waterhouse together in June of 1969, so our friendship goes way back. And because of Sally, I embarked on one of my greatest road trips ever – to visit her in Luther/Red Lodge the week of July 4th, 2012. Sally and I (and her two cats) spent three wonderful days together, with Sally giving me tours of the area, taking me to the July 4th Red Lodge parade and to parties with her friends, and cooking the best food I have had in years. I am so glad that I made that trip, and that I didn’t delay it. Sally was one of a kind – an irreplaceable treasure. I will miss her deeply.

Grite Storm says:

My sweet sister I still can’t believe you’re gone. It was so easy and fun to walk over to you house, sit on the couch to watch the beautiful view and chat. You were such a loving person. It’s amazing to me how quickly you made so many real friends here in MT. You definitely had a gift for people. We miss you terribly but will remember your great smile and happy voice.

Jan & Susie Woods says:

For over a decade Sally was with us on every Holiday. Cooking, laughing, eating, just relaxing. She truly was part of the family. Her love of all animals, especially horses, was very much a part of all of our lives and a common bond between us all. She will be missed, and there will always be an empty space in our home and in our hearts. With clouded eyes and heavy souls, good bye old friend.

Kathy Dickson says:

Dear Susan, Ron, Grite, and Hillary,
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.
I am SO grateful that God brought Sally into my life to share our love of horses, cats, and the great outdoors, including trail riding and camping.
She was such a great hostess, always opening her home and her heart to her friends. I am so thankful for all the memories of trail riding, camping trips, card games, and good food!

Cat & Greg stevens says:

Will greatly miss Sally’s wonderful smile and warm spirit. Her New Years open house in Luther was always crowded! Met more Luther neighbors through Sally’s hospitality! Will always think of her when we pass her bunkhouse across the road from us.

Wayne Goodman says:

So sorry to hear about our lose of an outstanding classmate. Prayers and warm thoughts to her family and many friends. May God be with all of you.

Janie Oakes says:

My memories of Sally go all the way back to carpools and slumber parties….to being a bridesmaid in her wedding. Though I had not seen Sally in many years, my recollections of her and her family are sweet ones.

Susan Joanna Blackburn says:

Sally and I lived a block from each other in Amarillo and close by in Palo Duro Canyon. I loved riding with her and Pocus, the black horse she loved so much, in the West Texas summers.

Very sorry to hear of her passing,
Susan Joanna Blackburn

Bob Chapman says:

The battle finally ends for her; she will be missed by many folks. She was a dear friend and neighbor to me and I owe her my life for her quick response to my need when I had a stroke.

Sandy Cramer says:

Thinking of Sally brings a smile to my face. She worked with me for several years with our accounting books. I was “her star pupil” as she would tell me. She finally released herself from me once she said I was very capable of doing it on my own, but we still emailed each other and talked on the telephone. I enjoyed hearing of summers in Montana, her horses, cats and the love she had for the outdoors. I am sadden I never made the trip to visit her in Montana because she became sick. Her smile was contagious and I will truly miss her. She is a very special person to me and will always be in my heart.

Nancy Ratcliff says:

Sally was a special and warm person with a truly kind heart. She will be greatly missed by many.

Neely Wilson Kimbrough says:

I was so impressed with Sally when she was a young girl that when my youngest daughter was born she was given the name Sally. Thru the years i have often thought of Sally. Once while in Dallas I tried to call Sally but did not have the right number. May she rest in peace.

Linda Cobb says:

I was very fortunate to know Sally in high school. She was a good friend to me and I am sure to many others throughout her life. Sally never pulled any punches and you couldn’t get away with being insincere. She was a very good bridge player and she put up with me being a “not so good” bridge player. She did not lose well at anything she did. She did love her horses and I will certainly never forget her sports car “mergatroyd”(sp). We had a lot of fun and I am grateful for the memories. I am saddened by her passing and send my deepest sympathy to her family and close friends.

Ada Chandler says:

Sally has been my next door neighbor for 20 years so she will be missed. I will miss her bringing us cooked black eyed peas so that we would have them to eat on New Years Day. It’s hard to say good bye.

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