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Sally Hennis obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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Sally Hennis passed away at the age of 76 after a fierce and courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) since Halloween 2023. She was born in Little Rock, Ark., on July 17, 1947, the second of her parents. wedding day. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Alonzo McLemore, Sr.; her mother, Barbara Ann Robison McLemore; and her brother, Donald (Donnie) Alonzo McLemore, Jr. Sally graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1965 and became immersed in all things band. She played the trumpet beautifully and studied music at the University of Central Arkansas. She taught band at Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Little Rock until the family moved to St. Louis in 1982. There she switched to teaching music at parochial primary schools. She taught for 42 years. In high school she met the love of her life, Jerry. They will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2024. Together they raised three sons in Ballwin, Missouri, when Jerry transferred to Southwestern Bell. Her life was surrounded by family and friends and filled with lots of love, laughter and music, in addition to St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Feisty and sassy from the start, her grandparents from Boston, Massachusetts, called her “A-Bomb” for obvious reasons. Sally loved life and never wanted the party to end! She is survived by her husband, Jerry; her siblings, Robert McLemore (Lori) and Susan Lea Foley (Larry); her sons, Peter (Roni), Doug (Hope) and Greg Hennis; cousins, Payton Lea, Sam McLemore and Jeremy Foley; nieces, Mackenzie Lea and Maggie McLemore; her beloved pets, Mittens, Brutus and Angus; 24 McLemore and Robison cousins ​​and countless lifelong friends, teacher friends, Apple Store friends and Pool Pals. A celebration of life will be planned at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m., and on Thursday, May 30, at the Ballwin Community Golf Club. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas or Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club.

Published on May 15, 2024