On the evening of February 15, 2023, Sally passed away at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, MT. Sally was 79 years old. We were very much looking forward to celebrating her 80th Birthday on February 24th.
Sally Ann Borla was born in the mining town of Sunrise, Wyoming on February 24, 1943. She was the third child and second daughter of Joseph and Esther Borla. Sally lived in Sunrise until July 1948, when the family moved to the ranch in Boyes, to help Joe’s parents Emil and Teresa Borla.
Sally was a very happy, mischievous child. She liked to have fun and joke with her parents and grandparents. She always wanted to be the center of attention and enjoyed teasing her younger brother Junior. If Sallys’ personality wasn’t big enough, her heart was even larger. She’s always loved animals, her bum lambs and her cats. She would often get scolded by her father for dressing the cats in doll clothes her Grandmother had sewn.
Sally Graduated from Powder River County High School in 1961. She went on to attend the Business College of Billings. Following school, she worked for two years at an Insurance company in Billings Montana.
She made the decision to move to Sacramento, California in September 1964. She lived with sister Darlene and her husband Dick for six months and enjoyed being a loving, caring aunt to Shelley and Michael. She was eventually hired to work for the State of California. She began her career as a Stenographer in the Department of Education and, then worked for the Department of Water Resources. She worked with diverse people from all walks of life and made many lifelong friends. When Sally wasn’t working tirelessly for the State of California, she was spending time with her created family of friends. It wouldn’t be surprising to find Sally enjoying herself with a cocktail and testing her luck at the casino.
Sally retired in the spring of 2001, after working for the State of California for 36 years.
Sally moved back home in June of 2001 to be with her mother Esther. It was a big adjustment after living in the city for so many years. Sally worked at the Powder River Manor for several years in housekeeping and laundry. She always enjoyed the Residents and they enjoyed her. She also helped Gary and Theresa at Alderman Oil. The love and dedication she had for her mother was immeasurable. Our Grandmother was able to live in her home on the ranch until the time of her death.
Sally was always full of energy and the life of the party. Her laugh and energy would light up any room. Sally loved to talk, talk, and talk. She never knew a stranger, she could visit with anyone and was most definitely not shy. She never forgot a birthday, she was gifted at remembering her friends and family dates of births. We could always count on a humorous card with a sweet message, and maybe a little cash
Sally was the most giving and generous person. She would help anyone no matter their circumstance. She did not have her own children, but she had nine nieces and nephews who thought she was the best Aunt in the world. Shelley and Michaels’ favorite part of Christmas was a visit from Aunt Sally. When she would come to visit, all of us could look forward to small plastic toys, M&M’s, jewelry, lip gloss and See’s Candy. Sally spoiled all of us and made us all feel special. We will remember Aunt Sally for her big clip-on earrings, bright lipstick and sparkling, sequin tops.
We are all blessed that the best gift Sally could have left us, is the inability to remember her without smiling or laughing.
Sally was preceded in death by her brother Sam, beloved parents Joe and Esther Borla, her friend John, and cats: Orphie, Alfie, Fluffy, Tiger, and Muffin.
Sally is survived by her sister Darlene Nicholson and brother Joe Jr. and Chris Ann Borla. Nephews-Mark, Michael, Collin, Quinn and David. Nieces- Shelley, Melanie, Melinda and Andrea. She had many lifelong wonderful friends, Karen Gaskill, Linda Morella, Reggie, Ann and Ruth. Sally also left behind her well cared for cats Buddy and Booshee.
In memory of Sally’s love of cats and all animals, donations can be made in her honor at local animal shelters.
As per Sally’s wishes there will be a graveside service in the spring. We will take a cue from Sally and laugh, share stories, and enjoy time with family and great friends. Condolences may be sent to family at www.stevensonandsons.com.