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After a vicious dog-eat-dog, yowling fight, Sally A. Miner, of Benzonia, lost her battle with COPD Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.
Sally, the daughter of Dr. Fennimore E. Putt and Ambra King Putt, of Gross Pointe, was born Feb. 28, 1923. When her father moved his dental practice to Frankfort and purchased the Crystalaire Camp for Girls in the mid-1940s, Sally came along for the adventure.
Sally was interested in plane flying and met John "Jack" Miner over their mutual interest in flying. There is a story about Jack's daring aerial run down the main street of Beulah ... a love note stuffed in an empty ice cream carton was tossed from the open cockpit to land at Sally's feet. Perhaps a family legend, but you never know. They were married for 40 years.
Sally took up hunting and fishing to spend time with Jack. Despite her hours in the woods, she wasn't much of a hunter. She remarked that the only thing she ever shot was a spider building a web in the barrel of her rifle. On the other hand, fish feared her.
Sally worked various jobs over the years; she clerked at the family's convenience store, counted people for the 1960 U.S. Census, secretarial work at the Mitchell Corporation and even picked cherries for Mike Shadko. Her favorite job was selling real estate. As much as she treasured the "art of the deal," she enjoyed meeting so many different people, finding each and every client fascinating.
Sally believed in service to her community. She mentored Girl Scouts as a leader when she wasn't much older than the girls she was mentoring and volunteered for the March of Dimes when polio was still a feared scourge. Sally served on numerous committees and boards over the years. She was especially proud of being on the board that made the new Darcy Library of Beulah a reality. In addition, Sally rallied fund-raising for Benzonia's Historical Society Museum.
Golf was Sally's real passion, her game was astonishing. In 1969 she won the Women's Club Championship at Crystal Downs - she still has the silver tray to prove it.
Sally is survived by her daughter, Jan (Rick) Pierson; grandchildren, Michelle Robinson, Thomas Robinson and Tania Pierson; and five well-loved great-grandchildren.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; grandson, Patrick Pierson; brothers-in-law, Harold and Ken Miner; sister-in-law, Grace; and son-in-law, Roger Robison.
Per Sally's wish, no services are planned. Cremation has taken place at the Benzie Area Crematory in Beulah.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Darcy Library of Beulah or the Benzonia Public Library.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 29, 2017
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