‘How do you catch a falling star, that shines so brightly, touches so many, yet passes so quickly’ Anonymous
Sally, the beloved youngest child of Patricia McLaughlin O’Donnell and John B. O’Donnell, was a vessel of infectious energy from the moment of her birth, April 29th 1966 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut until her death in Boise, Idaho February 13th 2022. Sally’s generous smile lit up every room she entered.
She spent her early years in Duxbury, Mass and is a graduate of Duxbury High,1984. While there, she focused her abundant energy and skill on the athletic fields, excelling in Soccer and Track and Field. In 2000 the Duxbury Clipper named her one of the top 50 Duxbury athletes in the 50 years spanning 1950-2000. She attended Keene State College in N.H. and continued to develop her athletic skills along with core classes. In 1986 she was an accomplished athlete on the National All-American Collegiate Cross Country Team. She also had a side gig modeling for athletic wear in her hay-day.
She moved to Boise in 1986 and enrolled at Boise State University where she earned a BA degree in Exercise Science, emphasis in corporate fitness. She also began her long career as a server at many of Boise’s finest restaurants and also in 2002 started a successful pet sitting business. She was an avid cyclist, active in club soccer, and loved fishing, camping, golfing and working out frequently at local health clubs.
Sally’s effusive personality brought her innumerable lasting friendships over the decades who were her pet-sitting clients, Warm Springs Golf Course golfing buddies, restaurant co-workers, biking partners and many more.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two nieces and her many beloved pets. She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her siblings; Murry O’Donnell, Boise, William T. O’Donnell, Darien CT., Ann E. Thomas, Boise, and Beth O. Libby, Winchester, MA. and multiple nieces and nephews as well as her Golden Retrievers, Beau and Joy.
A Celebration Of Sally’s Life will be held this spring or early summer.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Sally’s name to an animal rescue or favorite charity is appreciated.
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Doug Zamzow saysFebruary 24, 2022 at 8:56 am
A great hugger, great friend, great memories, she could really throw a hard biscuit, she will be missed.
Wendy Grieve saysFebruary 24, 2022 at 11:03 am
A beautiful spirit. Theres no words to bring peace to her loss. I love you Sally.
Shaun Hammersmark saysFebruary 24, 2022 at 3:38 pm
I only knew you a short while – thank you for taking such great care of Cyrus! My condolences to the family – relish those memories❤️
Tiffany Larson saysFebruary 25, 2022 at 10:01 am
Sally….I haven’t seen you for a very long time. But we spent a lot of time together when I was in Boise. You would be proud of me and my Dog Rescue. You will be missed!
Andy Slagle saysFebruary 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm
Sally’s smile and laughter always brought a smile to my face. She was a pleasure to know, and will be missed dearly.
Billy Gans saysFebruary 27, 2022 at 1:22 pm
Sally was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Always with a kind word. We will miss her so very much.
Penny Dunlap saysMarch 2, 2022 at 7:38 pm
We last saw Sally on February 12th She was smiling! She enjoyed her usual hug from my husband. We have known her for greater than 10 years. A bright spot for us all. We will miss her. Penny & Steve