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
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