Sally Jo Peless

November 5, 1945January 2, 2019

Sally Jo Peless age 73 from Grand Rapids, Michigan. passed away January 2nd, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Sally will be lovingly remembered by her husband John of 54 years, and her children, Jeff (Adriene), Todd (Cathy), Lon (Jennifer), Jason (Robin), and Gretchen. She will also be remembered by her 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sister Nancy Morse, and brother Jim (Deborah) Morse. Sally is preceded in death by her daughter Katrina L. Peless, and her parents Elwin and Esther Morse.

Sally had masters degrees in education and social psychology. Her thesis on child psychology is held within the library at the University of Michigan. She was a Sunday school superintendent for many years, and also a Kent county 4-H superintendent. Sally was an elementary educator as well as a college professor. She also worked with mentally disabled adults for 12 years. Sally loved Walt Disney World and loved visiting there with her husband and family. Sally was a huge Elvis Presley fan, and spent the last 17 years of her life residing in Memphis, TN so she could be close to Graceland.

Sally will be remembered in a private family ceremony only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Sally can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at


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Sally Jo Peless

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Mary Calorio

January 8, 2019

Dear John and Gretchen,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this impossible time. Ms. Sally was an accomplished, educated woman and a very loving wife and devoted mother. May God grant all of you comfort and strength during the days ahead. Rest In Peace Ms. Sally....Mary

Stephanie Herrada

January 7, 2019

John, Gretchen, Curtis and the entire Peless family my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will never forget the last time I saw Sally. It was at my house. She told me repeatedly how much she loved me. She was so sweet. I enjoyed talking with her at Elvis and HBH events. I know she will be missed. She was such an intelligent lady.


January 7, 2019

John, Gretchen and Curtis,
My heart breaks for all of you over the loss of this wonderful woman. Sally will be missed by all of us, especially me, that knew her through you at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. She so loved to visit us in the evenings and have her cup of coffee from the Jungle Room. We all can comfort ourselves with loving memories of her. Love and sympathy to you all.

Debra Walters Vasquez

January 7, 2019

We remember you with fondness. Your sweet smile, and sense of humor.
Always looked forward to seeing you enjoy all of the Elvis events around Graceland with Gretchen.
We are so glad that you had the loving care of your husband John, daughter Gretchen, and grandson Curtis, at home until the end of your life.
May they find comfort in their wonderful memories of you
Rest in peace Sally...❤
Jorge and Debbie Vasquez