HARLINGEN, Texas — Sally Ann Peonio passed away in Harlingen, Texas at the Valley Baptist Medical Center on Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
A memorial service celebrating her life was held at East Gate Retirement Village in Harlingen Saturday, March 26.
Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bridgeport Memorial Chapel.
Memorials may be given to the church, Broadwater Vol. Fire Dept., Broadwater Library or to East Gate Retirement Village. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bbchapels.com.
Sally was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Broadwater, the oldest daughter of Bedford “Red” and Jessie Smiley. She attended grade school and high school in Broadwater graduating in 1948. After attending Chadron State College, Sally taught school at Hershey. On Nov. 11, 1951 she married Amelio “Shorty” Peonio and they farmed east of Broadwater all their married life, retiring in 1993. During those years, Sally was a member of the Broadwater Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and being a substitute organist. Sally later joined the Lutheran Church when the Presbyterian Church closed. She was a 4-H leader, member of Eastern Star, an avid seamstress and quite a painter. Sally loved golfing and playing bridge with her Broadwater and Lisco friends and cheering on the Huskers.
Following the death of her husband, Sally moved to Harlingen, Texas in 1998, where her beloved ocean was and where the snow never falls. She quickly became active in her retirement adventure, traveling by herself and making friends wherever she went. In Harlingen, she joined the Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. Sally continued playing bridge and golfing, her new interests included the Red Hat friends, shopping in Mexico and her occasional gambling jaunts. She became a well-known stand-up comedienne for her Saturday morning breakfast gang and for being a die-hard Nebraska fan in the land of Texas.
Her husband Amelio, only sibling Janet Lind and her parents preceded her in death.
Sally is survived by her children, Patti (Bill) Dean of Bridgeport; Gus (Leslie) Peonio of LaVernia, Texas; Kristi (Joseph) Peonio of San Antonio, Texas and Steven of Denver; grandchildren, Brandi (Scott) Linders of Bridgeport and Brooke Dean of Chadron; great-grandchildren, Jack and Claire Linders of Bridgeport; sister-in-law, Lena Middleton of Broadwater and many nieces and nephews.
Her smile and her sense of humor will be missed by all.