Sally Ann Douglass Shapiro

February 16, 1943March 1, 2017

Sally Douglass Shapiro, 74, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at home.

Sally was born on February 16, 1943 in Pueblo, CO as the first daughter of the late Van and Velma Zupon Douglass. She was raised on a cattle ranch in Rye, CO. She rode a school bus to a country school where the first, second and third grades were all together in one room. Sally graduated from East High School in Pueblo, CO and received an Associate in Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1963. She continued her studies at the University of Colorado where she met her husband, Robert H. "Bob" Shapiro. They were married on April 11, 1971.

In her early working years, Sally was a technical secretary for Ball Brothers Research Corporation and the University of Colorado in Boulder. After moving to Harrisonburg in 1980, she served on the Harrisonburg Planning Commission and was secretary to the Harrisonburg Board of Realtors. In 1989, Sally became an Advisor to the United States Naval Academy Women's Club and also an active member of the United States Naval Academy Garden Club when Bob served as Academic Dean and Provost at the United States Naval Academy. Besides Colorado, Harrisonburg and Annapolis, Sally and Bob lived in Copenhagen Denmark.

Bob preceded her in death on August 21, 2004. Sally is survived by her beloved sister Marilyn (Joe), her nephews Joevan and John, three step-sons, Eric, Daniel, Adam (Naomi) and three step-granddaughters, Rachel, Eliana and Sophie.

A memorial service will be held at Lindsey Funeral Home in downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm. Private interment will be at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Anicira Veterinary Center at 1992 Medical Avenue in Harrisonburg. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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Sherry Farrell

July 23, 2017

Sally - kind, generous, funny, intrepid, honest - will be missed for so many reasons. She was such a wonderful next door neighbor at the Naval Academy. Those cats! That beautiful garden! Her unerring artistic eye! And how she could make me laugh ...
Rest In Peace, Sally. Be with Bob. I shall remember you for the rest of my days. Farewell, dear friend.

Nancy Noll

March 11, 2017

RIP Sally. Sally and I were good friends in junior high and high school. I went on a couple trips with Sally, her mom and dad and Marilyn to Glenwood Springs. My condolences to her family. She was one awesome lady!

Bob Bersson

March 10, 2017

I remember Sally with respect as a member of the Harrisonburg Planning Commission, a rarity for a woman in the 1980s. She stood up for neighborhoods and was a very valued independent voice for the entire community. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

Shirley Espinoza

March 9, 2017

I love this picture of Sally. She looks just as I remember her 30 years ago. She and I worked in Boulder, Colorado. She actually gave me a ride home one weekend to Pueblo. She actually gave me a beautiful coat that I still have to this day! God Bless her soul!!

March 9, 2017

Sally was such a big part of my life in 6th grade and Jr high. She was so alive and vivacious all through high school. Such good memories.

Kathie Grace Day

March 8, 2017

We never met Sally..but Marilyn-Joe and boys lived across the street in
Belmont, Pueblo, Co. Our condolences go to all family and friends of Sally
and her loved ones, Sincerely, Henry and Elsie Piassoli, 1515 Primrose Lane
Pueblo, Co. 81008

March 7, 2017

Sally and I were childhood buddies. Our parents were best friends and I have so many memories of good times in Rye. Love to you Sally and good times
Annette Petros Brumbaugh, Pueblo CO

Steve Riddle

March 7, 2017

Many memories of this great women. Sally accepted my mom, Ingrid, and I into their family in such a heart felt way it will always be cherished. Our thoughts are with your family.

March 6, 2017

Sally and I played golf together years ago. She was such fun to be around. I cherish my memories of Sally, Bea Meech and Jean Martin and all our good times together. I extend my sympathy to her family. Sandra Sandy Shomo

Ingrid Shapiro

March 5, 2017

Our friendship was special in so many ways, as she was my sister-in-law also.My husband and hers were brothers, so we had a bond. Very special people, the whole family. Will miss her and her smile and fun attitude in life. Bob and her together again finally. Love you, Ingrid Shapiro