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Sarah "Sally" Rita Ann McNally
On September 2, 2020, Sarah Rita Ann “Sally” McNally quietly went to be with Our Lord. She was born on March 15, 1931, in Yankton, South Dakota to George and Madonna Patricia Menagh. She was married for 55 years to her best friend, John McNally. She is survived by her sister Mary Lerda, Donna (Jean) Laborde, Jim (Susan) Menagh and Georgia (Michael) Botsakos. She is also survived by her son Sean, daughter Sheila McNally Kretzmer (Bob), daughter Theresa Ruwitch (Jim) of Louisville, CO and son Timothy (Theresa) McNally.
Sally spent her earliest years on a Sioux Indian reservation in Chamberlain, South Dakota where her parents operated the general store. After graduating from Delano High School in 1948, she studied nursing at St. Mary’s College of Nursing in San Francisco. While studying in San Francisco family friends from Ireland introduced her to John, who had recently returned from the Korean War. They were married in 1952 and soon moved to Delano to start their new life.
She frequently introduced herself as “Sally McNally from the San Joaquin Valley”. And that was the moment you realized you had just met someone special. She spent her professional life as a nurse. Over the course of more than 40 years she was employed at Delano Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Rosewood among others.
In retirement, Sally and John traveled all over the US and into Canada in their motor homes, making lifelong friends along the way. Theirs was a unique and beautiful relationship. The more time they spent together the more they enjoyed each other’s company. When they weren’t traveling, they could be found volunteering at the Golden Empire Gleaners or at any variety of activities at St. Philip’s Church. Their kids always knew if they needed to find them, a sure bet would be to go to noon mass at St. Philip’s and there they would be.
Sally will be affectionately remembered for so many beautiful qualities. She was a uniquely compassionate caretaker to anyone in need. She could connect with almost anyone, regardless of age or circumstance. She had a razor sharp mind and wit that was always on display. More than that though, she was the greatest mom and grandma imaginable. She was always, always present and supportive. And she never said goodbye without making sure you knew how deeply you were loved.
She leaves behind a legacy of kindness and loyalty for those who survive her, including her grandchildren Kevin, Justin and Molly McNally, Rory (Tiffany) Kamerman Kretzmer and Kathleen Kretzmer (Robby) Bostain, Philip (Meghan) Ruwitch, Sara and Trevor Ruwitch and great grandchildren Emma Jones, Colton Ruwitch and Scottie Bostain.
My parent's had the pleasure of having John and Sally as neighbor's, when they moved from Delano to Bakersfield. My mother and Sally shared similar ethic background's and I have fond memories of listening to there many stories. When I was in CNA class Sally encouraged me to not stop there, I didn't. I will always remember her encouraging words and sweet smile. McNally children fill your void with all those sweet memories, and thanks for sharing your Mom.
Marie Humphreys (Lemmons) Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM
My nursing students rotated to Rosewood for gerontology. There to greet us with a broad smile was Sally McNally. She gave generously of her time and enriched the learning experience of CSUB students and Instructor. I have and will remember her forever.
Barbara Fleming Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
What a great picture of Sally!! Our sincerest sympathy to Sean and his family. Robert, our son, Stephen, and I knew Sean, his wife, and son, Kevin. We did not know Sally but those who did were truly blessed!! The obituary was so revealing of her godly character! "And she never said goodbye without making sure you knew how deeply you were loved." May God's continued presence and love be felt by all. Robert and Veronica White
Robert and Veronica White Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
Lois and I were raised in McFarland. I joined Delano PD in 1964 and that is how I came to know John and Sally. I joined the CHP in 1966 and after being transferred back to Bakersfield in 1967 had the pleasure of being in their company on many occasions, some personal and some professional when John became a judge in the Delano court. They were two of the nicest people we have had the pleasure of knowing.
Dennis & Lois Shults Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM