Sally Shaw Ellingwood (1926-2016) died August 1st at her home in Boyne City, Michigan after a relatively short illness.
She was born at Lockwood Hospital in Petoskey, Michigan, the daughter of Harold Sutherland and Theda (Wolfe) Shaw and the sister of Joan (Shaw) Stevens.
After six years in Boyne City, the family moved to Grand Rapids, where Sally graduated in the Creston High School class of 1944, having attended for one year the Fassifern School for Girls in Hendersonville, NC.
Moving with her family to a tung farm in Picayune, Mississippi, she attended Mississippi Southern College in Hattiesburg and the John Robert Powers School in New York City.
In about 1950 Sally moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she worked as a model and in business and met her future husband, Lloyd (Bud) Ellingwood, Jr.
Married in 1953, the Ellingwoods settled in Evanston, Illinois, where they raised their two daughters, Sandi (now Mrs. Christopher Ryland) and Lindy (now Mrs. Michael Jordan).
The family spent much time together on the Evanston beaches and many seasons together racing their small sailing dinghy on Lake Michigan and at Skokie Lagoons.
In 1973 the couple started a new collaboration, moving to a Victorian farmhouse in Mundelein, Illinois which they lived in and restored for the next twenty-six years.
Throughout their life together, Sally pursued various personal interests such as creative needlework, bridge, and skiing.
She also maintained an active interest in civic life through participation in national and local political campaigns, school board elections and meetings, and through educational activities with the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
In later years she remained involved in national events through extensive reading and study and by supporting organizations defending traditional American institutions and traditional interpretation of the United States Constitution.
On Bud’s retirement in 1999, the Ellingwoods returned to Sally’s earliest home, Boyne City. Their new residence stood a block away from a lofty spruce tree that had been planted at the time of her birth.
There Sally enjoyed the proximity to Lake Charlevoix and to some of her family roots. She participated in the Monday Study Club, of which her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and aunt had been early members.
Sally was widowed in July 2015 and is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, twelve grandchildren (of whom four are married), seven great-grandchildren, four nieces, and two nephews.
The family will gather for private interment at a later time.