Loris “Sally” Small left us peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, after a very recent cancer diagnosis.
Sally was born to Fred and Esther Jessup on Jan. 24, 1938, in Cottonwood, Idaho. She graduated from Grangeville High School in 1956 and remained close with her dear friends from school throughout her life.
Sally attended the University of Idaho before marrying her high school sweetheart, Monte Small, in 1957. Of the many “terms of endearment” Sally had for Monte, the most important one was “my best friend.” Monte and Sally farmed with family for several years before moving to Auburn, Wash., finally settling in Pullman, Wash., in 1962, where she was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker until their two children, Monica and Michael, were old enough to attend school.
For 12 years, Sally worked at Holland Library as a supervisor in serial records on the Washington State University campus. She enjoyed reading, snow skiing, working in the garden at their memorable High Street home in Pullman, and entertaining friends and family. Extraordinarily blessed were the people lucky enough to receive an invitation to Sally and Monte’s, where laughter was the main ingredient at every meal.
In 1979 Sally left work at WSU and The Small Place Restaurant and Catering was born. For 18 years, Monte and Sally worked side-by-side to feed Pullman. The back kitchen door was always open for their many friends to grab a stool and a visit. More important than the delicious food served was the fellowship people found there. Sally was unyielding in her dedication to accept people exactly as they are. Her loyalty to the people she loved was unmatched and her quick-witted sense of humor never failed to bring a smile to any room she graced.
After retiring in 2005, the Smalls moved to Clarkston, Wash., where Sally and Monte played golf together every day. They were the first couple on the course every morning, and true to the spirit of their marriage, they never kept score.
On Feb. 24, 2017, Sally and Monte celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They illustrated for all of us that an epic love story is made of hard work and mutual respect, mixed with good wine and strong friendships.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Esther Jessup; and her daughter, Monica Small. She is survived by her husband, Monte Small; son, Michael Small; daughter-in-law, Danielle; and three granddaughters, Laura McKenna, Emma Kate and Sophia Rose.
A celebration of Sally’s life, love and endearing sense of humor will be held this spring, as she would not have wanted to deal with the cold weather at all. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.
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